An Illinois Public Media news blurb tells of a change in Illinois law in the new year that will benefit Amish with reservations about photo-based identification.

Representative Adam Brown (R-Champaign) says it took some work to develop a solution to please both the state’s Amish and law enforcement:

The new ID’s [sic] that serve as driver’s licenses for operators of horse-drawn buggys [sic] use a fingerprint instead. The same exemption is provided for those with firearm owner ID cards.

Brown said he and Senate sponsor Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) met with Amish church leaders from Central and Western Illinois who first proposed the measure.

I may be playing dense here, but don’t know how fingerprint-based IDs work–I assume there is a scanner of some sort required?–but it’s a nice option for those Amish who would prefer to abstain from photo IDs.

It was interesting to see the mention of leaders from Western Illinois. The small Macomb (McDonough County) community is found in that area of the state and I’d say is significantly more traditional than Amish from central Illinois, which I assume to mean the Arthur settlement.