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.”
The U.S. Senate has reached a deal on extending unemployment benefits for the almost 2 million Americans who lost their financial assistance since the December expiration of long-term jobless benefits.
The U.S. Department of Defense awarded a $70 million grant to Chicago-based UI Labs to help launch a new Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, Gov. Pat Quinn's office announced Saturday.
According to a new PPP poll, 40 percent of Illinois voters say they are less likely to support U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) in the next election as a result of his vote against extending jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed.