Posts tagged "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 »

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 »

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 »
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Lost in Detention: Illinois immigrants in documentary by Maria Hinojosa

Lost in Detention: Illinois immigrants in documentary by Maria Hinojosa
Last night I watched the PBS FRONTLINE documentary “Lost in Detention” an investigation reported by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa in conjunction with the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University’s School of Communication. Everybody should watch this to gain a fuller understanding of President Obama’s immigration enforcement policy. More than one million undocumented immigrants have been... Read more »

Chicago's new Mayor Rahm Emanuel supports the DREAM Act

Rahm Emanuel is Chicago’s new mayor. The mayor has made a move that should please many Latino voters. He appeared at a press conference Friday with immigration advocates from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights who support the DREAM Act. This is federal legislation that would help undocumented youth who came before the... Read more »

IL Sen. Dick Durbin not giving up on the DREAM Act

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin reintroduced the DREAM Act in the U.S. Senate Wednesday, just a day after President Barack Obama delivered a speech on immigration in El Paso. He held a press conference to announce this and you can see the video below. “We’re not giving up,” Durbin said about the DREAM Act. It would... Read more »
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Illinois supports pro-immigrant initiatives

States across the nation are proposing anti-immigration legislation. But Illinois went against the grain this week and put forth two pro-immigration initiatives. Gov. Pat Quinn Gov. Pat Quinn sent a letter to Homeland Security to withdraw the state from a controversial immigration program called Secure Communities, and the state Senate passed a version of the... Read more »

Court ruling against Arizona immigration law is a warning to Illinois and other states

Jan Brewer An appeals court this week upheld a lower court ruling blocking some of the most strict parts of Arizona’s anti-immigration law. This is a blow to politicians like Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer, who vowed to keep fighting. The court’s rationale is that immigration law is federal, not state or local. “That 50 individual... Read more »

Convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich defends himself in Spanish

Rod Blagojevich As he turned to the cameras, something he likes to do, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich told Spanish-lanuage reporters, “No culpable.” That means not guilty. But he was found guilty of one count of lying to the FBI and could face a $250,000 fine and up to five years in jail. Only one... Read more »
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Republican candidate for Illinois governor, Bill Brady, to share stage with local Tea Party and Minuteman leaders

Chicago immigrant rights activists and religious leaders are upset that the Republican candidate for Illinois governor, state Sen. Bill Brady, and other Republican politicians are scheduled to share the stage Saturday with a woman who is the founder of the Illinois Minuteman Project and has made controversial comments about immigrants, Catholics and Muslims. Rosanna Pulido... Read more »