Chicago New ‘CityKey’ Id Cards Benefits Immigrants and Homeless People


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Chicago Alderman, James Cappleman’s municipal CityKey ID card/ Associated Press News.


By: Nana Aduba-Amoah

The city of Chicago released a new, optional, government-issued, “CityKey card” photo ID in May, to grant individuals, such as undocumented immigrants and homeless people, access to cultural and financial institutions. However, the card has only been issued to less than one percent of city residents so far, WGN-TV reports.

“If you live in Chicago, you should feel a part of our city – not apart from it,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel stated in a press release, earlier in April. “The CityKey breaks down barriers and allows all Chicagoans to take advantage of the very best our City has to offer.”

The city clerk’s office launched the CityKey program this year to allow all Chicagoans access to public events, voting booths, and pharmacies, according to the city clerk’s website, however, it’s initial purpose was to benefit individuals who might have trouble obtaining government-issued ids, such as immigrants, senior citizens, and homeless people.  The card can also be used on public transit services and library institutions.

So far, more than 11,000 cards have been given to residents, which is far from the city’s goal of distributing 100,000 by the end of the year, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Chicagoans who meets the city’s identity and residency requirements, regardless of age, is eligible to purchase the CityKey card. People who are interested in the obtaining the card can visit the website to apply online, or at the city hall office.

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