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by Ashlee Rezin
Tue Apr 9, 2013

Robin Kelly Headed To Congress After Winning Illinois' 2nd Congressional District Race (VIDEO)

Former State Rep. Robin Kelly, 56, of Matteson will be the next congressional representative for Illinois’ 2nd District, fulfilling a long-standing tradition of Democratic delegates for Chicago’s South Side and southern suburbs.

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by Ashlee Rezin
Mon Apr 8, 2013

Hundreds Protest Potential Immigrant Detention Center In Joliet (VIDEO)

Hundreds of protesters took the streets of Joliet Saturday to voice their opposition to a for-profit immigrant detention center in their town.

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by Ellyn Fortino
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
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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by Ashlee Rezin
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
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.”