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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:31pm
Fri Apr 15

SCOTUS To Hear Oral Arguments Monday In Major Immigration Case

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Monday in a major case challenging the Obama administration's executive actions on immigration. Ahead of oral arguments, Democratic congressmen and advocates are detailing what the case's potential outcomes could mean for the immigrant community.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
6:29pm
Fri Oct 10, 2014

Election Preview: Foster, Senger Battle For The 11th Congressional District Seat

Progress Illinois previews the 11th congressional district race between incumbent Democrat Bill Foster and Republican challenger State Rep. Darlene Senger.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
4:03pm
Mon Sep 8, 2014

Gutierrez: Obama Administration 'Playing It Safe' On Immigration Reform (VIDEO)

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D, IL-4) and immigrant rights activists on Monday blasted President Barack Obama’s decision to delay executive action on immigration reform until after the November elections.

Gutierrez accused Obama and his administration of “playing it safe.”

“Playing it safe means that ‘We’re going to abandon our values and abandon a community that we said we were going to support and defend,'” he said during a press conference Monday morning at Casa Michoacan in the city’s Pilsen neighborhood.

“Playing it safe, maybe it wins elections, maybe it loses elections, but playing it safe rarely leads to fairness, rarely leads to justice and almost never leads to good public policy which you can be proud of,” Gutierrez said.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
10:43am
Fri Aug 22, 2014

Chicago Activists Call Paul Ryan Out For 'Flip-Flopping' On Immigration (VIDEO)

While 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and former running mate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI,1) promoted the congressman's new book at the Union League Club of Chicago on Thursday evening, a few dozen protesters gathered outside the event to push back against Ryan for shifting his position on immigration issues. Progress Illinois was there for the protest.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
12:14pm
Tue Mar 18, 2014

Durbin, Foster Discuss Immigration Reform, Needs Of Hispanic Business Owners (VIDEO)

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D, IL-11) met with a group of Hispanic business leaders in Joliet on Monday to discuss how the federal government can better support minority business owners and, subsequently, the community at large.

Passing immigration reform, both elected officials agreed, is the single-most important thing Congress can to do benefit the Hispanic community and its business leaders.

By providing a streamlined path to citizenship for America’s more than 11 million undocumented immigrants, the country would see significant economic growth, including increases in tax revenues and jobs, Durbin and Foster both said.

“(Immigration reform) takes the fear out of the lives of those who are here undocumented," Durbin said. "It gives them a chance to get legal status and it fixes this broken immigration system. It died in the House, it’s just been sitting there for almost a year now. That’s just awful.”

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
3:57pm
Wed Sep 25, 2013

Local Organizations Push For Increased Civic Engagement On National Voter Registration Day (VIDEO)

With the 2014 general election just 13 months away and voter registration numbers at an all-time low, hundreds of volunteers took to Chicagoland streets Tuesday to mark National Voter Registration Day in an effort to get as many new voters on the rolls as possible.

“Election after election, millions of voters aren’t able to vote because they miss voter registration deadlines or they didn’t know how to register,” said Rebecca Reynolds, 28, executive director of Chicago Votes. “This day is a day to try to make sure we leave no one out.”

Chicago Votes, a volunteer-run civic engagement advocacy group, served as Illinois’ lead organization on Tuesday’s national day of action to increase voter registration. More than 40 local groups, including the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, partnered with Chicago Votes to encourage residents to exercise their basic right to vote.

“Voter registration has hit an all-time low in the city of Chicago,” said Reynolds. “We’re trying to make voter registration easier, and more accessible to everybody.”