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.”
Former State Rep. Robin Kelly
of Matteson has won the Illinois 2nd Congressional District's primary
election Tuesday to become the Democratic nominee in the race to fill
the seat left vacant by disgraced former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.
Kelly will run in the district’s April 9 general
election to replace Jackson Jr., who pled guilty last week to misusing
some $750,000 in campaign funds.
more than half of the district's 545 precincts reporting, Kelly won the
special primary with 54 percent of the vote. Major contenders during
Kelly’s campaign were Democratic candidates former congresswoman Debbie Halvorson and Chicago Ald. Anthony Beale (9th).