Pressure is mounting against a proposal to open a for-profit immigrant detention center
in Joliet. Activists submitted 4,000 petitions against the facility to the Joliet City Council Thursday, just one day after four Illinois congressional delegates sent a letter asking the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Janet Napolitano, to reject the prison’s proposal.
an immigrant detention center to Joliet would mean overwhelming fear
for this city’s immigrant community,” said Jesse Hoyt, an organizer with
the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). “The pressure that’s on the city and the county to do something to stop this is getting much more intense.”
Gun control advocates held a people’s filibuster in Chicago today and called on Attorney General Lisa Madigan to appeal to
the U.S. Supreme Court a December federal court ruling that struck down
Illinois’ concealed carry ban.
The following was written by Jack Darin, director of the Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter.
The prospect of the gas industry coming Illinois to extract gas
from beneath our state using high-volume hydraulic fracturing has caused
a great deal of controversy and concern, especially in parts of
Illinois where leasing for drilling rights has been underway for well
over a year. Horror stories from other states about open pits of toxic
wastewater, secret brews of toxins injected into the earth, air
emissions sickening neighbors, and contaminated drinking water are just a
few of the impacts seen elsewhere.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he supports more thorough
background checks and a standard on federal gun prosecution Tuesday night
during a South Side panel discussion with policymakers and scholars
about the politics of guns in America.
The public meeting was on the eve of President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden’s announcement of a comprehensive gun control package,
that calls on Congress to pass an assault weapons ban and law requiring background checks on all gun buyers. The sweeping gun control plan also included 23 executive orders that call for, among other things, additional provisions on background check for gun purchasers, improved access to mental health care, and an end to the ban on federal research on gun violence.
package comes on the heels of the Newtown, Conn. elementary school
shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead, which Obama has said was the worst day of presidency, among other recent
mass killings with guns.
view is whatever you can do by executive order take care of it,”
Emanuel said to veteran journalist Tom Brokaw, who moderated the
University of Chicago Institute of Politics’ event.
A racial divide continues to perpetuate among those seeking a
mortgage loan, according to a new study. The report alleges that
mortgage lenders have steered more black and Latino borrowers towards
government-backed home loans by limiting their access to more
Members of the faith-based power network IIRON
signed a covenant on Sunday for economic justice and called on Attorney
General Lisa Madigan and other elected officials to sign it in order to
create a more just economy.