- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois will follow stricter federal standards for state-issued ID’s under a proposal signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Bill sponsor Sen. Terry Link says the measure ensures Illinois complies with the REAL ID Act and it will help residents avoid security problems at airports and federal buildings.

Illinois officials were notified in January they had two years to comply with the act 2005 law. It sets minimum standards for licenses in response to security concerns following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Enforcement has been delayed.

Illinois put some changes into place, but others required legislative approval. Among other things, the new law requires applicants for driver’s licenses to provide proof of lawful presence in the country. The changes take effect next year.

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The legislation is SB637.

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