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   Former Illinois state trooper Matt Mitchell is asking for the fourth time to have his driver's license reinstated at a hearing Tuesday morning at the Secretary of State's Mount Vernon office.  A similar appeal in July was denied.  

   Mitchell lost his license after pleading guilty to causing the 2007 crash that killed Collinsville sisters Kelli and Jessica Uhl.  Mitchell had been driving his patrol car in excess of 120 miles an hour and texting when he slammed into the Uhl's car.  

   A decision on Mitchell's license reinstatement is not expected for 90 days.

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MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (AP) - A hearing officer is weighing whether to restore the Illinois driver's license of a former state trooper blamed for a 2007 freeway crash in that killed two sisters.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Matt Mitchell said during Tuesday's hearing in Mount Vernon that he'll never drive again in Illinois. Now living in Texas, he says he needs the license to get a job.

A decision is expected within 90 days.

Mitchell was a state trooper driving more than 120 mph and using his cellphone in November 2007 when his car crossed the median on Interstate 64 east of St. Louis and slammed into a car occupied by two Collinsville sisters. The girls, ages 18 and 13, died.

Mitchell later received probation after pleading guilty to reckless homicide.

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