IL Driver's License - J-1 Visa Expires within 6 Months

Hi there,

I searched the forum and googled a lot but could not find a solution to my problem:

I am in Chicago on a J-1 visa and want to get my Illinois Driver's license. I have all the documents required (incl. Social Security Number). The only problem is that my visa will expire within the next 6 months (in September). The staff at the DMV told me the visa must not expire in the next 6 months upon applying for the driver's license. They can only issue a temporary driver's license.
The thing is that my visa will be extended in September for another 5 months and I really need a driver's license soon.

Is there any way around the 6 months requirement? Can I file for an exemption or something?

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Thomas Miller