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State

Ill. lawmakers advance plan to ease DUI penalties

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers have advanced a proposal to allow drunken driving offenders with revoked licenses to drive again.

A House committee voted 15-0 Wednesday to approve the legislation. The measure also has support from a prominent anti-drunk driving group.

The proposal would allow four-time DUI offenders to obtain a restricted driver's permit five years after losing their license. Applicants would need to prove three years of sobriety, complete treatment programs and permanently install an in-car Breathalyzer.

Rita Kreslin is the director of the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists. She's supporting the measure because it gives rehabilitated people another chance.

Law enforcement organizations are neutral on the proposal.

The legislation sponsored by Northbrook Democratic state Rep. Elaine Nekritz now goes to the House floor for consideration.

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