Northwest Suburban Driving School in Illinois closes without warning


Learning to drive should be easy. There are driving schools offering approved courses. Just sign up and time the lessons to the due birthday. When the birthday comes, get the driver’s license and the young person completes the rite of passage into the world of driving. This is a smooth operation unless the driving school closes without warning.

The Northwest Suburban Driving School was founded in 1996 but this week saw its doors suddenly closed. Even though hundreds of students have paid up to $450 a head for lessons, they are now left without any obvious means of completing their driving courses before their sixteenth birthdays. It seems the school’s financial troubles mean no refunds and, for now, no access to records on how many hours the students have spent behind the wheel.

The collapse of one of the largest driving schools in Illinois is giving headaches to the Secretary of State’s office. The hope is the students can be transferred to other driving schools, but until news emerges on the exact state of the school’s finances, the students will all have to pay again. It’s tough being a teen in Illinois right now.

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