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updated: 8/7/2015 6:08 AM

Rauner signs bill giving DUI violators another chance

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Offenders with four or more drunken driving convictions will be able to get a restricted driving permit if they prove they are alcohol and drug free for at least three years under legislation signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The bill signed by Rauner on Thursday allows those qualified to apply for the restricted driving permit five years after revocation or release from imprisonment. Those who obtain a permit must operate a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device. If the person is subsequently convicted of DUI, the permit is revoked and the person is permanently barred from acquiring a restricted permit.

The legislation was pushed by Northbrook Democratic Rep. Elaine Nekritz, who said it's an attempt to allow people who have redeemed themselves to move on with their lives.

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