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 Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons has committed $53.7 million in funding for the activation of Thomson Correctional Center, according to an announcement by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL,17).
State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), the lawmaker behind legislation that raised Illinois' speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph on some interstate highway roads, has received 11 speeding tickets since 1998, the Chicago Tribune found.
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.
Gov. Pat Quinn announced the state’s plans to push for emergency administrative rules for the management of petroleum coke, or petcoke, a thick, powdery byproduct of oil refining that can pollute the air and water.
“We want to make sure that every neighborhood in the state of Illinois is protected from the hazard of petroleum coke,” Quinn said at a press conference Monday afternoon.