Drivers' education class is mandatory for anyone 16 or 17 and wants to get a license. But anyone 18 or older does not have to have any formal training. Passing a test at the D-M-V is enough. A measure approved by the Illinois House would change that. It would require young those between the ages of 18 and 20 to take an online course. The sponsor, Representative John D'Amico, is a Democrat from Chicago. He says it'll take about six hours for a student to complete, in advance of applying for a license:
"We don't plan on having it right at the facility. You can do it at a library. You can do it at a home computer."
D'Amico says in the future Illinois may consider requiring ANY adult who did not take a drivers ed class to take the online version. He says Illinois will contract with a company to run the online class. Early estimates are that will cost students 25 dollars.
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