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by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Mar 27, 2013

Children Of Undocumented Parents Call For Comprehensive Immigration Reform (VIDEO)

Hundreds of children with undocumented parents marched to the Kluczynski Federal Building yesterday, along with their families, demanding that U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk use their political power to help pass comprehensive immigration reform.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Mar 25, 2013

Illinois Letter Carriers Rally Against Elimination Of Saturday Mail Delivery (VIDEO)

Hundreds of Illinois letter carriers and their allies rallied at Federal Plaza Sunday in support of six-day mail delivery while also calling on U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to step down from his post.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Mar 18, 2013

Duckworth, Lipinski Back Bill To Help Families Cope With Disability-Related Expenses

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D, IL-8) announced her co-sponsorship of the bipartisan Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act today, which would allow individuals with disabilities to have tax-deferred savings accounts in order to fund health care, housing and other essential expenses.

The ABLE Act, introduced in the Senate, S. 313, and House, H.R. 647, in February, aims to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to create the tax-free accounts.

“Disabled Americans deserve every opportunity to achieve their dreams,” Duckworth said in a statement today. “The bipartisan ABLE Act would allow disabled Americans to invest in saving accounts without having it count against their federal benefits.”

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by Ashlee Rezin
Fri Mar 8, 2013

Labor Union Leaders Join Fight For Immigration Reform (VIDEO)

Labor union leaders gathered yesterday to demand comprehensive immigration reform, joining in the fight for America’s more than 11 million undocumented immigrants.

With a list of recommendations for legislators to incorporate into a comprehensive immigration reform package, leaders from two of the nation’s largest labor unions came together for an approximately 100-person rally with community members, undocumented immigrants and the Chicago Federation of Labor at the Instituto del Progreso Latino (IDPL) yesterday.

Joseph Hansen, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), and Richard Trumka, president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), called for a “clear path to citizenship” for undocumented workers.

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by Steven Ross Johnson
Fri Feb 15, 2013

Advocates Call On Lawmakers To Have A Heart When It Comes To Federal Budget Cuts (VIDEO)

As the deadline looms for Congress to agree on a budget plan that would avoid an automatic series of spending cuts, a coalition of worker rights', veteran and anti-poverty advocates convened at Federal Plaza Thursday to voice their concerns over the potential negative impact such a move would have for the most vulnerable Americans.

More than $1 trillion in cuts over the next decade, known as sequestration, are set to go into effect March 1. According to a report released last September by the White House Office of Management and Budget, reductions would be made across the board, impacting more than 1,200 agencies and programs.

Singing such tunes as “Stop in the Name of Love”, some 40 to 50 protesters stood in the cold to give what organizers described as a “Valentine’s Day message” to both Illinois Democrat U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk to preserve funding for the country’s social safety net.

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by Ashlee Rezin
Tue Feb 5, 2013

Illinois Congressmen Work Together In Bipartisan Effort To Update Visa Program

Illinois lawmakers reintroduced the Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act yesterday, legislation that would waive visas for visitors to the U.S. from countries. We take a look at what updating the law would do for residents in countries like Poland.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Nov 7, 2012

Schneider Unseats Dold In the 10th Congressional District (VIDEO)

It’s been more than 30 years since a Democrat has held the 10th congressional seat in Illinois, but now it’s Brad Schneider’s turn.

Schneider, a business consultant from Deerfield, beat incumbent Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth).

During his victory speech, Schneider said he’s emerged from the campaign changed for the better, not because of the process, but because of the people in the 10th district.

“Together, we just made history,” he told the crowd of more than 200 supporters at the Northbrook Hilton.