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by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Apr 1, 2014

Race For Illinois Treasurer Heats Up

The General Election is not for another seven months, but the nominees for Illinois treasurer are wasting no time in taking jabs at each other. Progress Illinois takes a look at the race for treasurer that pits State Sen. Mike Frerichs (D-Champaign) against State Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego). 

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by Aricka Flowers
Tue Jun 11, 2013

Kirk Votes Against Debate On Senate Immigration Reform Bill

U.S. Sen Mark Kirk (R-IL) was one of 15 senators who voted against discussion of the chamber's bipartisan immigration reform bill. The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act Of 2013, SB 744, was drafted by the Senate's Gang of Eight, which includes U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. The bill was filed back in April. 

The legislation creates a pathway to citizenship for the nation's more than 11 million undocumented immigrants who meet certain mandates and pay fines, after a five- or 10-year wait. The pathway to citizenship is also dependent on the nation meeting certain border security benchmarks. But some Republicans are calling for even more stringent border security provisions. Kirk, for example, says he would like to see the more aggressive border security provisions outlined in an amendment by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) included in the bill before he could sign on to the legislation.

"I’ve always said border security first, and I actually mean that procedurally,” Kirk told Politico following the vote. “If [the] Cornyn [amendment] can pass, then that opens the door for me.”  

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by Ashlee Rezin
Mon Mar 4, 2013

Illinois Business Leaders Call On Counterparts To Support Immigration Reform

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.”

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by David Milton Brent
Tue Mar 6, 2012

Lessons To Be Learned By The Potential Closing Of Tamms Supermax Prison

In his recent budget speech, Gov. Pat Quinn proposed closing Illinois’ Tamms “Supermax” prison. The facility’s 14-year history serves as an apt symbol of how the state’s incarceration system has lost its way.