6:37 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Quinn: Immigration Status Not Enough To Detain

Credit State of Illinois

Immigration status alone will no longer be a valid reason for the Illinois State Police to detain someone, under an order issued Monday by Gov. Pat Quinn. 

In the executive order, Quinn says that "community policing efforts are hindered" when immigrants who are victims of, or witness, crimes are wary of cooperating for fear they'll be deported.

Quinn's order only applies to agencies under the governor's control: state troopers and conservation police.

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7:00 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Rauner Chips In To Immigration Debate

Illinois Governor-elect Bruce Rauner is weighing in on the national immigration debate. Rauner spoke to reporters at a conference for Latinos involved in state government Friday. Rauner - a Republican - talked with members of his own party who serve in Washington, D.C. 

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9:39 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Business, Ag Groups Support Immigration Overhaul

Credit Caterpillar

A somewhat unlikely coalition is calling on Illinois' Congressional delegation to support an overhaul of the nation's immigration policy. 

The U.S. issues a special type of temporary visa for high-skilled workers, like the engineers and scientists Caterpillar is trying to hire.

But there's a limit on so-called H-1B visas -- a cap that Caterpillar attorney Mark Peters say the Fortune 500 company reached all too quickly.

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Reaction to Senate Proposal
11:06 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Congressmen Kinzinger And Foster Agree, Basically, On Immigration Reform Outline

Congressman Adam Kinzinger, during a tour of DeKalb High School, January 28, 2013.
Credit Jessica Cabe / WNIJ

A bi-partisan Senate effort to come up with an immigration reform plan is getting a good reception -- but some members of Congress are hanging back in their support until they know more details.

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5:52 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Immigration Measures Get State, National Attention

Credit Illinois Secretary of State

Illinois is the fourth state to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver's license. Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation over the weekend surrounded by  supporters.

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4:37 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Undocumented NIU Student Tells Her Story

President Barack Obama has an offer for many undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children. They can qualify for work papers and a deportation reprieve. His administration’s been taking applications for that so-called “deferred action” since August. Of roughly a million immigrants who could qualify, though, only 180,000 have applied. A pair of young roommates at Northern Illinois University find themselves contemplating this question.

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