The Obama administration's deferred action program, which is intended
to let undocumented immigrants age 30 and under avoid deportation, is
just getting started amid concerns the initiative could abruptly end if
Republican nominee Mitt Romney wins the presidency.
Rivlin, spokesman for U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Chicago), a consistent
national voice on immigration policy, acknowledges that program
applications have “taken more time per applicant” than initially
anticipated. “It takes a while to fill out the application and get all
the documents you need,” Rivlin says.
Thursday marked the one-year anniversary for the repeal of the U.S.
military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy for gay, lesbian and bisexual
service members, an occasion gay rights advocates said should serve as a
reminder of the work still needed to be done to ensure full equal
rights for LGBT military personnel and their families.
Unions have been crucial in helping women get rights, better pay and
benefits in the workplace, panelists at a forum in Waukegan stressed
With a backdrop of teacher strikes in Chicago
and Lake Forest, this forum focused not on endorsing candidates for
office, but on dispelling "ignorance" too often associated with unions,
according to an organizer with the pro-union group Industrial Workers of
“We are in the fight for our life,” said Helen
Ramirez-Odell, a panelist at the forum who worked nearly 44 years as a
Chicago Public Schools nurse and is now a CTU district supervisor. “It’s
taken a lot to get teachers to this point.”
of the civil rights organization, which has more than a million
supporters nationwide, said Schneider’s opponent U.S. Rep. Bob Dold
(R-10) is on the “wrong side of history” when it comes to equality
issues and has failed the LGBT community.
Just two days after winning Tuesday’s primary election three
Democratic candidates voiced their opposition to Congressman Paul Ryan’s
GOP budget plan, which passed the Republican-lead House Budget
Committee Wednesday night.
Challenging candidates Tammy
Duckworth, Brad Schneider, and Bill Foster held a press conference in
Chicago’s River North neighborhood to urge their Republican opponents to
fight Ryan’s budget.