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Public Act 099-0419





Public Act 099-0419
SB0023 EnrolledLRB099 05457 HEP 25492 b

    AN ACT concerning courts.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Attorney Act is amended by changing Section
2 as follows:
    (705 ILCS 205/2)  (from Ch. 13, par. 2)
    Sec. 2. Licensing of noncitizens.
    (a) No person shall be prohibited from receiving a license
solely because he or she is not a citizen of the United States
entitled to receive a license as aforesaid unless he is a
citizen of the United States or unless he has made a
declaration of intention to become a citizen or unless, having
made such declaration of intention, he has filed a petition for
naturalization within thirty days after becoming eligible to do
so and until he shall have obtained a certificate of his good
moral character from a circuit court.
    (b) The Supreme Court of this State may grant a license to
a person who, in addition to fulfilling the requirements to
practice law within this State, satisfies the following
        (1) the United States Department of Homeland Security
    has approved the person's request for Deferred Action for
    Childhood Arrivals;
        (2) the person's Deferred Action for Childhood
    Arrivals has not expired or has been properly renewed; and
        (3) the person has a current and valid employment
    authorization document issued by the United States
    Citizenship and Immigration Service.
    The General Assembly finds and declares that this
subsection (b) is a state law within the meaning of subsection
(d) of Section 1621 of Title 8 of the United States Code.
    (c) The Illinois Supreme Court may promulgate any orders or
rules necessary to implement this amendatory Act of the 99th
General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 79-1361.)

Effective Date: 1/1/2016