Hernandez Legislation Expanding Access to Adult English Classes Signed Into Law

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Local families will have better access to free English classes in their communities under a measure championed by state Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez, D-Cicero, which was recently signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

“Given everything going on, we must not only protect immigrant families from Donald Trump’s bigotry but also empower them,” Hernandez said. “This new law will ensure that people have access to crucial services to decrease language barriers that often result in immigrant families being taken advantage of by bad actors.”

Hernandez led the charge on House Bill 1557, which will require the Secretary of State to provide people applying for an Illinois Identification Card or a driver’s license a listing of free adult English classes that may be available in their county. The Secretary of State may also guide people to local not-for-profit organizations that may help local residents looking to improve their English skills.

“I’m glad to have a governor who has the courage to support our state’s immigrant community,” Hernandez added. “We have made tremendous progress this year and I look forward to continue supporting and improving access to programs that ensure families have the tools they need to get ahead and provide for their children.”