Community organizers on Chicago's Southwest Side are holding an event on the Affordable Care Act Thursday evening as an attempt to educate area residents on what it takes to sign up for health insurance coverage under the "Get Covered Illinois" marketplace.
Approximately 50 immigrant rights activists held a prayer vigil outside the Chicago office of U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D, IL-3) Wednesday, hoping to convince the lawmaker to support comprehensive immigration reform.
July 15, was Congressman Lipinski’s birthday, and I want to
congratulate him because he could celebrate his birthday with his
family. Today is my husband’s birthday, and because of the broken
immigration system, he is not with his family,” said Carolina Rivera,
40, one of Wednesday’s demonstrators.
While the U.S. Senate was voting in favor of an immigration reform
package that could provide a pathway to citizenship for America’s 11
million undocumented immigrants, supporters of the legislation were
targeting Illinois Republican leaders at a rally in downtown Chicago Thursday.
More than 100 immigration reform advocates at Thursday’s rally vowed to apply pressure on U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R, IL-6), who serves as the House chief deputy whip, and Illinois GOP Party Chairman Jack Dorgan, to demand their support of comprehensive immigration reform.
Passed by a 68-32 vote in the Senate Thursday, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act Of 2013, SB 744, now advances to the Republican-controlled U.S. House.
The Parent Mentor Program
that started in Chicago’s Northwest side neighborhood of Logan Square
more than 17 years ago celebrated its statewide expansion today with an
approximately 500-person conference at Richard J. Daley College.
one year’s time the Parent Mentor Program more than doubled its
presence in schools across the state, increasing from 28 schools last
year, to 57 today. Participants gathered at today’s conference came from
cities ranging from Moline to Niles.
They shared stories from
their classrooms, discussed challenges and successes, made a plan for
where they’d like to see the program in 10 years and also wrote letters
to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), asking him to support additional funding for the program.