‘‘We could see if they have committed a crime; it could be a crime in another state or it could be a crime in their home country,’’ said John Kennedy, executive director of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.
The Illinois secretary of state’s office says its facial recognition database is highly sophisticated and accurate. The program uses an algorithm to match more than a dozen facial features that are not easy to alter, such as eye sockets and sides of the mouth.
‘‘The integrity of our driver’s license system is a priority,’’ said Henry Haupt, a spokesman for the office.
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Edward Acevedo, a Chicago Democrat, said state roads will be safer because illegal immigrants will receive training and be tested before obtaining a license. They also will be required to purchase insurance, Acevedo said.
Tsao’s organization estimates uninsured illegal immigrant drivers cause $64 million in damage claims each year, an expense currently covered by increased premiums.
Garcia Cano reported from Springfield, Ill.