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by Ellyn Fortino
12:17pm
Wed Mar 27, 2013

Children Of Undocumented Parents Call For Comprehensive Immigration Reform (VIDEO)

Hundreds of children with undocumented parents marched to the Kluczynski Federal Building yesterday, along with their families, demanding that U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk use their political power to help pass comprehensive immigration reform.

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by Ellyn Fortino
1:57pm
Wed Mar 20, 2013

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Would Improve Sluggish U.S. Economy, New Report Shows

A legal status and road map to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country would have positive impacts on the U.S. economy, and the sooner reform is implemented, the bigger the gains, a new report from the Center for American Progress shows. 

Citizenship for the undocumented brings significant increases in economic growth and earnings as well as tax revenues and jobs, said the report’s co-author Robert Lynch, visiting senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

“Legal status and citizenship enable the undocumented to produce and earn much more,” he said. “The resulting productivity and wage gains then ripple through the economy because immigrants are not just workers, they are also consumers and tax payers. They will spend their increased earnings on thousands of things.”

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PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
6:10pm
Tue Mar 12, 2013

Marriage Equality Could Be A Major Boost For Illinois' Struggling Economy

For a state that is in dire fiscal circumstances, passing the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act in Illinois, which would legalize same-sex marriage, would generate between $54 million and $103 million in new spending over the first three years, according to a new report.

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by Nathan Greenhalgh
6:51pm
Fri Mar 8, 2013

Jon Huntsman Says GOP Must Become More Progressive

Republican presidential primary candidate Jon Huntsman said it's time his party adopt a more progressive stance on a number of issues at the University of Chicago Thursday evening.

At the event, organized by the university’s Institute of Politics, the former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China under the Obama administration took questions from journalist and Fox News contributor Juan Williams as well as the audience. In his answers, Huntsman described himself as a solid Republican, but was strongly critical of the direction his party has taken, adding that its doubtful that the GOP will find electoral success in future elections if they do not change.

“The minute we start to divorce fact and science from our public policy debate, we are adrift,” Huntsman said. “If Republicans are going to succeed long-term, we have to be the party of reality.”

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by Ashlee Rezin
6:28pm
Fri Mar 8, 2013

Labor Union Leaders Join Fight For Immigration Reform (VIDEO)

Labor union leaders gathered yesterday to demand comprehensive immigration reform, joining in the fight for America’s more than 11 million undocumented immigrants.

With a list of recommendations for legislators to incorporate into a comprehensive immigration reform package, leaders from two of the nation’s largest labor unions came together for an approximately 100-person rally with community members, undocumented immigrants and the Chicago Federation of Labor at the Instituto del Progreso Latino (IDPL) yesterday.

Joseph Hansen, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), and Richard Trumka, president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), called for a “clear path to citizenship” for undocumented workers. Read more »

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by Ashlee Rezin
7:47pm
Mon Mar 4, 2013

Illinois Business Leaders Call On Counterparts To Support Immigration Reform

It is economically imperative for America, and the Midwest specifically, to further embrace immigrant populations into its workforce, according to a panel of Illinois’ business executives who urged immigration reform today at The Chicago Club.

The panel, which was comprised of members of the Chicago Council On Global Affairs’ Task Force on Immigration and U.S. Economic Competitiveness, introduced a recent report (PDF) that discusses the role of immigrants in the corporate sector. The group also encouraged members of The Chicago Club to support economic policies that would advance immigrants in the job sector.

“We as a nation must work harder to attract and retain immigrant talent and avoid wasting the potential of the immigrants already here,” the report reads. “Our problem: the nation’s broken immigration system is holding back the region’s economic growth and clouding its future.”

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