There is a type of DWLS that can be a petty offense rather than a Class A misdemeanor.
The relevant statute is 625 ILCS 5/6-601:
If a licensee under this Code is convicted of violating Section 6-303 for operating a motor vehicle during a time when such licensee’s driver’s license was suspended under the provisions of Section 6-306.3, then such act shall be a petty offense (provided the licensee has answered the charge which was the basis of the suspension under Section 6-306.3), and there shall be imposed no additional like period of suspension as provided in paragraph (b) of Section 6-303.
A suspension occurs under Section 6-306.3 when a person provides their driver’s license for bail and then fails to show up for court or otherwise answer the charge (i.e., pay the ticket).
So, whenever a motorist is suspended for not answering a ticket, it is important for the motorist to pay the ticket or otherwise take care of it ASAP. It can make a big difference in the potential penalty.