Environmentalists and comprehensive immigration reform advocates protested outside Chicago's Downtown Hilton where President Barack Obama and other key political leaders attended a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser Wednesday evening.
called upon Obama to stop the deportation of undocumented immigrants and reject the Keystone XL Pipeline, among other issues.
Yesenia Najera, 11, a leader of the Albany Park Neighborhood Council, said her father was deported earlier this month.
"It is not fair," she said. "My dad is a good person and will always care for me and my brother and sister."
No other child should have to endure that kind of pain, she said.
Najera had one question for Obama.
you stand for immigration families, and stop all deportation until
immigration reform passes," she asked. "Not one more. Not one more."
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.”
Former State Rep. Robin Kelly, 56, of Matteson will be the next congressional representative for Illinois’ 2nd District, fulfilling a long-standing tradition of Democratic delegates for Chicago’s South Side and southern suburbs.
Citing a lack of economic opportunities as the driving force behind
the high rate of gun violence in Chicago over the last several
years, Illinois 2nd Congressional District candidate Robin
Kelly stood alongside union security officers Saturday to call on the
city’s downtown building owners to provide fairer compensation for their
emergency “first responders.”
Super PACs contributed approximately $629 million to the 2012
election cycle, and last week at the University of Chicago, four
executives representing both sides of the political spectrum debated the
impact of their organizations’ multi-million dollar campaigns.