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  • VOTE-BUYING POLITICIANS GET THE VOTES, INSURANCE COMPANIES GET THE PREMIUMS, AND WE GET MURDERED ON THE OPEN HIGHWAYS BY ILLEGAL ALIENS - George Ryan and why Illinois politicians can't be trusted to issue illegal driver's licenses



    There are political motives behind this new legislation in Illinois to allow illegal immigrants to receive driver’s licenses too.

    Illinois politicians are licking their chops over all those votes in the growing in the Illinois Hispanic community.

    The corporate headquarters of State Farm Insurance is in Bloomington, Illinois– Sen. Bill Brady’s state senate district. They would benefit from this deal. Is State Farm twisting Brady’s arm?

    How many unqualified drivers will be issued licenses this time? Who will be on the receiving end of the kickbacks? How many more people will die?




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    CHICAGO, Illinois, November 30, 2012 – Hey Illinois Republicans, don’t you remember that selling "illegal" driver’s licenses just doesn’t pay? The last time the Illinois GOP was involved in selling illegal driver’s licenses, a Republican governor went to prison.

    But, apparently – despite what you’ve been told – some elephants do forget.

    Thanks to Republican Leader Sen. Christine Radogno and Sen. Bill Brady, a new controversial bill to permit 250,000 illegal immigrants to receive Illinois driver’s licenses just cleared Senate Executive Committee by a 12-2 vote Thursday. A full Senate vote is expected next week.

    Friday, November 30, 2012 - Bill Kelly's Truth Squad by William Kelly
    The Washington Times Communities

    If passed by the House and signed by Gov. Quinn in January,Illinois will join other states like New Mexico and Washington State in issuing licenses to undocumented workers.

    According to the Highway Safety Coalition (HSC), a pro-amnesty front group, approximately 80,000 accidents are caused every year by “unlicensed, uninsured immigrants” in Illinois.

    HSC mentioned in a recent tweet that they don’t like the ‘I” word; but I think we should just be honest and call a spade a spade: illegal immigrants.

    That begs the question: what happens to the 80,000 uninsured illegal immigrants involved in those accidents?

    Illinois is a sanctuary state with a very lenient policy on illegal immigration. So next to nothing happens. Insurance premiums skyrocket and legal, insured drivers are on the hook for an extra $836 million a year.

    So isn’t that another reason to punish – instead of rewarding – uninsured, illegal drivers?

    The HSC and Illinois politicians say “no.” They say that if illegal immigrants are able to pay for insurance that will help bring insurance premiums down. The HSC also says this new legislation will keep Illinois drivers safe.

    OK, let’s talk about road safety and Illinois’ unique track record in issuing “illegal” driver’s licenses.

    In 1994, an illegally licensed truck driver named Ricardo Guzman caused the deaths of the six young Willis children in a fiery van crash near Milwaukee.

    A large piece of the truck’s taillight assembly had broken off and Guzman, who purposely ignored the warnings of other drivers, failed to stop. He said he was afraid of being stopped by police. Other driver’s radioed him on the CB but Guzman, a Mexican native, didn’t understand English.

    Duane and Janet Willis’ van struck the assembly which pierced the gas tank, exploding the van and trapping the young Willis children inside. No human being should die like that – much less six children.

    The horrific deaths of the Willis children ignited a federal investigation into how Guzman managed to get a commercial driver’s license or CDL. The resulting investigation, Operation Safe Roads, exposed a heinous bribery scheme in George Ryan’s Secretary of State’s office: Pay a bribe, get a license.

    After all, this is Illinois. Bribing people is what people do here. Blagojevich didn’t invent pay-to-play; he learned it.

    Is any of this starting to ring a bell, Illinois Republicans?

    At that time the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act required that a driver must be able to “read and speak the English language sufficiently to understand highway traffic signs and signals in the English language and to respond to official inquiries.”

    Non-English speaking applicants like Guzman were required to take a written exam to receive their CDL.

    But during the Ryan years, the Secretary of State’s office disregarded federal and state law and allowed. Oral exams were permitted and applicants were even allowed to bring in translators – which enabled examiners to rig exams and pass unqualified applicants in exchange for bribes.

    During the trial, Guzman asserted his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination more than 30 times on the federal witness stand. He had failed his CDL exam and then, just weeks later, examiners passed him. He never admitted he took a bribe to get his CDL and he was never charged with any criminal wrongdoing.

    Illinois has a bad habit of not punishing people who violate the law, doesn’t it?

    From driver’s licenses to vehicle stickers, Ryan & Co. collected their kickbacks. Whistleblowers told their party bosses that unqualified people were receiving licenses and were promptly told to shut up and look the other way. Unsafe driver’s who failed the driving test were put on the road. And people died.

    A lot of people died – not just the Willis children.

    Despicable.

    The investigation determined that more than 2,000 tainted licenses were issued and all the while Ryan had been collecting cash payments, gifts and vacations at Jamaican villas. 80 defendants were eventually convicted in the wide-ranging scheme.

    There are political motives behind this new legislation in Illinois to allow illegal immigrants to receive driver’s licenses too.

    Of course, Illinois politicians are licking their chops over all those votes in the growing Hispanic community.

    The corporate headquarters of State Farm Insurance is in Bloomington, Illinois– Sen. Bill Brady’s state senate district. They would benefit from this deal. Is State Farm twisting Brady’s arm?

    How many unqualified drivers will be issued licenses this time? Who will be on the receiving end of the kickbacks? How many more people will die?

    I have a different proposal: how about we actually punish people who drive cars without a license and without insurance?

    If there are 80,000 people crashing cars without a license, shouldn’t we punish them? Wouldn’t Illinois citizens be safer if they weren’t on the roads?

    Illinois Republicans have a short memory of why Illinois lawmakers can’t be trusted to sell illegal driver’s licenses.

    Maybe a visit to George Ryan’s prison cell will jog their memories.

    William J. Kelly is an Emmy award-winning TV producer and conservative columnist. He is also a contributor to the American Spectator and Breitbart.com. He is a native from Chicago's Southside.
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      ReggieMay -
      On Nov. 16, 2010, an unlicensed driver named Roberto Galo took a left turn at Harrison and 16th streets and hit motorcyclist Drew Rosenberg. After Galo backed over Rosenberg's body, the law-school student died. A jury convicted Galo for manslaughter and driving without a license. After serving 43 days in jail, he was released on home detention. Don Rosenberg of Westlake Village -- in Los Angeles County -- blames San Francisco politics for his son's death. He also fears that the like-minded Obama administration will shield unlicensed drivers to the detriment of public safety -- and Washington isn't giving him reason to believe otherwise.

      This sanctuary city has been so eager to protect illegal immigrants who cannot obtain California drivers' licenses that in 2009, then-Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that the city no longer would impound the cars of unlicensed drivers automatically. In 2008, the AAA Foundation for Public Safety reported that 29 percent of fatal car crashes in California involved a driver without a valid license. No worries, San Francisco sent a message to folks who haven't even passed a driver's test: You can drive here and get away with it.

      Accidents happen, but Rosenberg doesn't see this crash as an accident -- Galo, after all, backed over Rosenberg's son.

      You can't blame California's law that denies driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. As a legal immigrant given temporary protective status, Galo was eligible for a driver's license. But he didn't have one, and he drove anyway. That decision demonstrated a reckless disregard for the safety of others and disrespect for the law.

      Repeated disrespect. Five months earlier, police stopped Galo for driving the wrong way on a one-way street and driving without a license. He paid a $220 fine. Then-Police Chief George Gascon -- now the district attorney -- supported the Newsom plan. He even told me at the time that it would help legal residents who couldn't afford to get a license or driver training. Does he still support it? No answer from his office.

      The Public Defender's Office, which represented Galo, did not wish to discuss the case.

      The next question is whether Galo, having been convicted of two misdemeanors, can remain in the United States legally. While immigration officials have not responded to my queries, aides to Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif, told me that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told them Galo was guilty of only one crime of moral turpitude -- which suggests that he can stay.

      Thursday ICE released a statement that said Galo is here lawfully and it "is investigating the options related to his status in light of his criminal convictions."

      Jorge-Mario Cabrera, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, of Los Angeles stated: "We believe that driving offenses should not be a reason enough on their own to merit deportation. What would we do to a U.S. citizen who does such a crime? We would require them to pay, we would send them to jail or have them lose their license. We don't deport them."

      "He should be treated like any other driver."

      Jessica Vaughan of the pro-enforcement Center for Immigration Studies told me, "What makes this particular case disconcerting is that authorities seemed willing to overlook this serious violation in order to protect someone from deportation who has killed someone." Will Washington follow San Francisco's example?

      If so, thank groups like the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles who have sold the idea that driving without a license is not a big deal. Spokesman Jorge-Mario Cabrera told me, "We don't believe that most traffic offenses should be deportable."

      Cabrera feels sorry for the Rosenbergs. But: "Does deportation, exile, bring back the person's son?"

      Deportation, however, might prevent the death of someone else's son.

      As Rosenberg noted, San Francisco's message to unlicensed drivers is that they can drive, kill somebody and serve only 43 days in jail. The Obama administration, however, could send the message that when immigrants seeking permanent legal status flout the law and drive without a license, and they kill somebody, they will be deported.

      The only reason not to send that message: You care more about people who break the law than the law-abiding general public.

      Save a Life, Mr. President -- Deport Unlicensed Driver - Debra J. Saunders - Page 1