Improving the public’s understanding of how the Illinois
state budget works will contribute to better policy decisions by elected
officials, according to a new policy brief from the Fiscal Policy
Center at Voices For Illinois Children.
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.”