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by Ashlee Rezin
4:25pm
Thu Oct 2, 2014

Immigration Reform Activists Protest During Obama's Visit To Northwestern University (VIDEO)

While President Barack Obama spoke about the economy Thursday at Northwestern University, about two-dozen immigration reform advocates protested outside, calling the president the “deporter in-chief.”

“We need to remind the president of the pledge he took to stop deportations,” said Carlos Rosa, an organizer with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

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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.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
4:49pm
Tue Feb 18, 2014

Illinois Elected Officials Discuss The Benefits Of Passing Immigration Reform (VIDEO)

Immigration reform is not dead, according to a group of elected officials who on Tuesday met in Chicago to discuss the benefits of providing a streamlined path to citizenship for America’s more than 11 million undocumented immigrants.

“So many people in America feel that comprehensive immigration reform is dead, that somehow it doesn’t have any possibility of being enacted into law. And I think, if anything, our presence here on this panel this morning, says that it’s alive and well,” said U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D, IL-4). “The conversation is continuing.”

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by Ellyn Fortino
5:16pm
Fri Jan 24, 2014

Schneider, Jobless Illinoisans Urge Congress To Extend Emergency Unemployment Insurance

    The notion that unemployment benefits are a disincentive to look for work is both false and misguided, U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL,10) said at a discussion Friday in Lake County about the need to extend emergency unemployment insurance.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
4:08pm
Wed Aug 21, 2013

Roskam Gets Targeted By Activists For 'Standing In The Way' Of Immigration, Health Care Reform (VIDEO)

While U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R, IL-6) attended a town hall meeting in Naperville on Wednesday, a group of protesters, upset with the congressman’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and several immigration reform proposals, held a demonstration outside.

Roskam, the protesters allege, has not offered any concrete solutions to fix the nation’s broken immigration and health care systems, but instead has only blocked solutions based on partisanship.

“Democracy can’t survive on just standing in the way,” said John Gaudette, organizing director for Citizen Action Illinois, who helped organize the protest. “If he’s taking the opposing stance, he needs to tell us what works and come up with an alternative plan.”