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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
10:28pm
Thu Jan 14, 2016

Quinn Slams Rauner Over Ongoing Budget Impasse

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn went on the attack against Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday night, slamming him over the six-month-old budget impasse and his “anti-worker” turnaround agenda. 

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
4:36pm
Mon Nov 16, 2015

Gutierrez, Ramirez-Rosa Help Immigrants Apply For Citizenship, Gear Up For 2016 Election

Two Chicago-area elected officials are working to help legal immigrants in Illinois apply for citizenship ahead of next year’s general election.

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL,4) and Chicago Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) hosted a daylong workshop in the city Monday, during which immigrants could get assistance with citizenship and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications. 

Gutierrez — who has spearheaded other citizenship workshops this year and a cross-country tour educating the immigrant community about President Barack Obama’s pending executive actions on immigration — said Monday’s event was part of a nationwide effort by immigrant advocates “to help hundreds of thousands of people become American citizens.”

“And they’ll be ready for the next election,” he said.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
6:08pm
Fri Jun 5, 2015

Election 2016: Evaluating The GOP Presidential Candidate Pool (VIDEO)

Progress Illinois provides highlights from a wide-ranging University of Chicago Institute of Politics discussion on the 2016 presidential race, featuring journalists from BuzzFeed News, US News & World Report, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
6:38pm
Tue Feb 17, 2015

Gutierrez, Illinois Immigration Reformers Call Judge’s Ruling A ‘Temporary Setback’ (VIDEO)

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL,4) says educational outreach around President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration will press ahead, despite a federal judge’s ruling on Monday that temporarily stalled the administration’s deportation relief plans.

The Obama administration is expected to appeal the judge’s ruling, which comes in response to a lawsuit filed by a group of 26 mostly Republican-run states seeking to stop the president’s immigration directives. Illinois has not joined the lawsuit, which claims the two immigration executive orders signed by Obama in November are unconstitutional. The federal judge, Andrew Hanen of the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Texas, determined that the states met the minimum requirements needed to proceed with the lawsuit. 

Hanen’s temporary injunction blocks Obama’s two new immigration programs from taking effect before the case is decided. The application process for one of the new immigration policies was slated to launch Wednesday.

At a Tuesday morning press conference in Chicago, Gutierrez and leaders with SEIU* and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) called the judge’s decision a “temporary setback” that won’t derail their efforts to help immigrants prepare for administrative relief.

“This process can be delayed, but we as a community will not be deterred,” Gutierrez said, adding that he believes Obama’s new immigration policies will ultimately prevail after the legal process plays out. “Let’s make it absolutely clear that the president’s actions are well established in legal precedent.”

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
6:12pm
Tue Feb 10, 2015

Executive Immigration Actions Could Boost IL Economy; Voters Oppose GOP Efforts Against Relief

President Barack Obama’s recent immigration executive actions could greatly benefit Illinois’ economy, according to new data. Meanwhile, the battle in Congress over Department of Homeland Security funding rages on as a new poll shows that most Illinoisans oppose GOP efforts, supported by U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, to thwart the president’s steps on immigration.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:04pm
Tue Nov 18, 2014

Veto Session Preview: Will The Legislature Take Up A Minimum Wage Hike?

Progress Illinois previews what’s ahead for lawmakers in the veto session, which starts this week.

Quick Hit
by Aricka Flowers
11:44pm
Wed Nov 5, 2014

Analysis: 2014 Youth Vote Comparable To Other Midterm Elections

The youth vote in Tuesday’s election is reminiscent of the numbers seen in past midterm elections, according to an analysis by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, a non-partisan research center on youth engagement at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.

At least 9.9 million people between the ages of 18 and 29 took part in the 2014 election. This cycle’s youth vote of 21.3 percent one day post election is slightly up from 2010, when the figure was 20.4 percent.

According to the researchers, Democrats still have an advantage with young voters, despite the strong year for Republicans.

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