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by Matthew Blake
Mon Jun 18, 2012

Gutierrez Hails Obama, Vows To Help With Implementation Of Immigrant Policy Change

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Chicago) championed this afternoon President Barack Obama’s Friday announcement that the Department of Homeland Security would enable a large swath of undocumented immigrants under the age of 30 to avoid deportation.

The announcement could mean a work permit, drivers license, and living without the fear of deportation for an estimated 70,000 people in Illinois and 1.4 million people nationally, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data from the Migration Policy Institute.

But Gutierrez also focused on the implementation of Obama’s executive action, warning that there will be people “who want to exploit and take advantage of this situation” by, for example, making immigrants pay for bogus legal information. Read more »

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by Matthew Blake
Wed Jun 13, 2012

No Detention Center For Crete, But ICE To Look Elsewhere Near Chicago

The Crete Village Board unanimously voted Monday night not to go forward with a planned federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in their village boundaries – meaning ICE will likely approach another small town near Chicago. Read more »

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by Matthew Blake
Fri Jun 1, 2012

Early Release Program & Gambling Bill Advance; Detention Center Ban & Tenaska Bills Die

The Illinois spring legislative session ended last night, meaning state lawmakers will meet just once again the rest of the year, for a brief fall veto session, though Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to convene lawmakers this summer to pass pension legislation.

Key legislative items were decided, including the House rejecting a bill to effectively ban a federal immigrant detention center, but passing a bill to bring back an early release prison program. Read more »

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by Matthew Blake
Wed May 23, 2012

State Rep Frustrated With Crete Village Board Over Inaction On Controversial ICE Detention Center

With the clock ticking on whether a bill to effectively halt an immigrant detention center in Crete passes the Illinois General Assembly, the Illinois House member who represents Crete unloaded on that town’s Village Board for not taking a clear position on the matter.

“They have failed their residents and they have failed me as a representative,” State Rep. Anthony DeLuca (D-Chicago Heights) told Progress Illinois. “There is a lack of courage and a lack of leadership on the part of village trustees.”

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by Ellyn Fortino
Sun May 20, 2012

NATO Protesters Rally In Support Of Education, Labor & Living Wages (VIDEO)

More than 2,000 NATO and anti-war protestors gathered in Grant Park Sunday before they took to the streets and descended on McCormick Place where world leaders are meeting for the summit.

Protestors with various causes such as ending drone attacks and promoting women’s rights overseas held signs, chanted in megaphones and waved peace signs as a heavy police presence lined the park and the surrounding streets.
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PI Original
by Matthew Blake
Thu May 17, 2012

Latino Leaders Meet In Chicago To Talk Voter Mobilization, Immigration Reform

NATO is not the only policy summit in Chicago this weekend – the three-day National Latino Congreso started today with local and national Latino leaders focused on voter mobilization, at a moment in Chicago when many Occupy protesters are focused on street marches, rallies, and sit-ins.

PI Original
by Matthew Blake
Thu May 10, 2012

Occupy Chicago Outlines NATO Protests (VIDEO)

Occupy Chicago says thousands of protesters will go to Chicago next week before the city hosts the NATO summit, May 20 and 21. While Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel views the summit as raising Chicago’s profile, Occupy thinks the event will call attention to their concerns and invigorate the Occupy Wall Street movement that started last fall.

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by Matthew Blake
Wed May 2, 2012

Latino Political Leaders Plot 2012 Election Strategy

Latino leaders Wednesday lamented their community’s economic struggles and lack of a voice in national politics, while expressing hope they could make a difference in this year’s election.

“We have to educate folks on how you do politics,” said Jesse Rios, the executive director of the Chicago Metro Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, adding that more Latino residents must “knock on the door of their Congressman; knock on the door of their Senator.” Read more »