Posts in category "Illinois"

Evelyn Sanguinetti will be Illinois' first Hispanic lieutenant governor

Evelyn Sanguinetti will be Illinois' first Hispanic lieutenant governor
History was made in Tuesday’s election. By electing Republican Bruce Rauner governor, Illinois voters also elevated his running mate, Evelyn Sanguinetti, making her the first Hispanic and first Latina to hold statewide office as lieutenant governor. Sanguinetti, a member of the Wheaton City Council, is a lawyer and an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law... Read more »

Storm delays Bears game, tornadoes reported southwest of city

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Reps. Gutierrez, Schakowsky arrested in immigration protest

Reps. Gutierrez, Schakowsky arrested in immigration protest
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Mayor Emanuel and Gov. Quinn rally for immigration reform

Mayor Emanuel and Gov. Quinn rally for immigration reform
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn  and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke out in favor of immigration reform. They attended an immigration rally with religious and labor leaders Saturday at Union Park. “This is an issue for all Americans,” the governor said according to the Chicago Tribune. “This isn’t a Republican or Democratic issue. This is an... Read more »

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk votes against immigration reform

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk votes against immigration reform
The U.S. Senate voted 82 to 15 Tuesday afternoon to begin debate on comprehensive immigration reform legislation. But Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk was among the minority who voted no. In fact all of the opposing votes were Republicans. Kirk is being short-sighted in a state where Hispanics are more than 16 percent of the population... Read more »

Temporary driver's license no fix for undocumented

Temporary driver's license no fix for undocumented
Undocumented immigrants will soon be able to apply for temporary driver’s licenses in Illinois. A bill was passed by the state legislature this week and is awaiting Gov. Pat Quinn’s signature. It makes Illinois the fourth state to grant licenses or permits to the undocumented. Washington state and New Mexico allow drivers licenses for illegal... Read more »
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Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh claims Democrats want Hispanics dependent on government

Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh claims Democrats want Hispanics dependent on government
Illinois Republican Congressman, Joe Walsh, is no stranger to controversy. He recently made some controversial comments claiming that Democrats want Hispanics to be dependent on the government and that African Americans already are dependent on the government. “The Democratic Party promises groups of people everything,” Walsh said during a speech in Schaumburg that was caught... Read more »

Blagojevich sentenced: An American Dream squandered

Blagojevich sentenced: An American Dream squandered
The ex-governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is going to jail. To me, what is most tragic is how the son and grandson of immigrants deceived his constituents and squandered his American Dream. He came from humble roots. His father was Serbian and survived a Nazi prison camp during WWII. His mother was the child of... Read more »

Remembering one veteran Manuel Pérez Jr.

Remembering one veteran Manuel Pérez Jr.
It’s Veterans Day and there are many men and women to honor today. I want to tell you about one: Manuel Pérez Jr. He was a Private First Class in the U.S. Army, Company A 511th Parachute Infantry, 11th Airborne Division and served during World War II in the Philippines. He  fought in the Battle... Read more »
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Cook County challenges federal immigration policy

Cook County challenges federal immigration policy
Politicians in Illinois are again at the forefront of the immigration debate. On Wednesday, the Cook County Board of Commissioners said it won’t pay to detain suspected undocumented immigrants. In a 10 to 5 vote it approved a measure to deny “detainer” requests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to the Chicago Tribune’s Antonio... Read more »