Chicagoans will be able to use the city’s forthcoming municipal identification card on both the public transportation and library systems, officials announced Wednesday.
Chicago Transit Authority and Chicago Public Library leaders joined City Clerk Anna Valencia to unveil the initiative at a news conference, touting the program’s effort to make Chicago more “welcoming and inclusive” to all residents.
“This collaboration is an opportunity to reduce barriers in accessing transit in our city and will enable more Chicagoans to take advantage of the great resources our libraries have to offer,” Valencia said. “Our goal is to ensure that the Chicago Municipal ID card is much more than just a government ID. It will improve Chicagoans’ daily lives and bring down barriers for many of our city’s residents.”
First proposed in Oct. 2016 and approved six months later, officials said the Chicago Municipal ID program was designed to allow all city residents access to a form of identification – regardless of immigration status, housing situation, prison record, gender identity and more.
Those applying for the ID will not be asked about their immigration status and will be allowed to self-attest their gender, authorities have said. There will also be options for survivors of domestic violence to designate an alternate address, plus an option for the homeless to obtain an ID without a fixed address.
In addition to being accepted by all City departments as an official form of…