Automatic voter registration keeps expanding, reaches 10th state

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signs the automatic voter registration

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signs the automatic voter registration

The version of the TRUST Act signed by Rauner is scaled back from an original proposal that would have placed tighter restrictions on cooperation between local police and immigration authorities.

Rauner signed the Illinois TRUST Act, which prevents law enforcement agencies and officials from detaining individuals exclusively on the basis of immigration detainers or administrative warrants and also puts limitations on the ways immigration agents can operate within the state of Illinois.

Instead, officers must have a warrant issued by a judge to detain someone.

"This was not an easy bill to pass, let's be clear", said Rauner.

"There will not be another generation of students that are subjected to inequity - the worst in the country - after this bill becomes law", he said. "They all said to me: 'Governor, this is a reasonable compromise". "We've helped veterans, we've dealt with the environment, with agriculture". Covelli was one of several law enforcement officials present at the bill signing to support the legislation.

"This took months and months of hard negotiations", Rauner said after a mariachi band performed and celebratory speeches, including from a top Democrat.

Other changes in the bill would allow voters in school districts with a surplus of education money to determine via a referendum if they want to cut property taxes.

"Today our immigrant communities feel safer than ever coming to their local law enforcement, being witnesses to crimes that are committed, reporting if they are vicitimized or their loved ones are victimized", Lake County Police Department Sgt. Christopher Covelli said at a press conference before Rauner signed the Trust Act.

It was a significant moment of compromise in a state where the Republican governor and Democratic-controlled Legislature have repeatedly clashed, leading to the nation's longest state budget impasse and putting money for schools at risk.

So before the governor inked his signature to the legislation, an array of supporters, including members of the law enforcement community and business advocates, appeared on stage to demonstrate broad support.

"That uncertainty makes us worry that we're not going to have kids in our schools", she said.

"This is an opportunity for the state of IL and for the Legislature to do something momentous, something that has been desperately needed for decades", Durkin told reporters. Others say the legislation spends money IL doesn't have.

After a series of fits and starts, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner on Monday signed an automatic voter registration bill. He vetoed a similar plan past year, but this time Democrats made changes to try to assuage some of the governor's concerns. The pilot program backed by Republicans saw strong opposition from teacher unions, and education groups throughout the state.

"We actually should be breathing a sigh of relief", Bryant said. He had vetoed a similar bill a year ago, citing concerns about voter fraud and conflict with federal laws.

The Illinois Senate voted to override Rauner's changes, with one Republican joining majority Democrats. In fact, he had vetoed it outright but spelled out his reasons in a lengthy veto statement.

Legislators from both parties have said for years that the way IL distributes money to schools is unfair, but they've been unable to agree to a way to change it.

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