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by Ellyn Fortino
5:04pm
Wed Jun 24, 2015

Service Reductions, Layoffs Imminent Without A 'Responsible' State Budget, Say Illinois Community Providers (VIDEO)

Gathering at the Thompson Center Wednesday morning, dozens of community providers, people who depend on their services and leaders with the Responsible Budget Coalition urged Gov. Bruce Rauner and state lawmakers to enact a "fair budget" in short order that includes adequate revenue to avert deep cuts to vital programs. Service providers detailed the potential program cuts and layoffs that could occur if a "responsible budget" is not adopted by July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
2:38pm
Fri Jan 16, 2015

Durbin, Gutierrez Slam 'Hateful' Republican Legislation To Rollback Immigration Programs (VIDEO)

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL,4) decried legislation passed in the GOP-led House this week that would block President Barack Obama's recent executive actions on immigration and end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Speaking at a Friday morning press conference in Chicago, the two lawmakers also shamed Republicans for "instilling fear" in people who are getting ready to apply for administrative relief under the president's immigration orders signed in November.

On Wednesday, the Republican-controlled House approved a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill including amendments that would reverse Obama's immigration plan and defund the DACA program, which grants a two-year protection against deportation for immigrants who came to the United States as young children.

"On the floor of the United States House of Representatives, they passed what I would consider to be one of the most hateful measures in modern congressional history," Durbin said at Erie Neighborhood House, 1347 W. Erie St. "What they said was this: If you are a person who benefits from DACA ... you will not be able to renew your DACA status. Nor if you didn't apply in the past can you file for the first time for DACA. Well how many people will be affected by that Republican amendment? We estimate 2 million young people in America eligible to sign up for DACA. Six-hundred thousand have already signed up for DACA, 30,000 in the state of Illinois."