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Steering Committee Members

Linnea Kooistra and Harsh Muthal

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Welcome IBIC's Newest
Steering Committee Members

Martin Slark & Marc Schulman

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Massive Support for
DREAM Legislation


Governor Rauner Signs
Trust Act SB 31 into Law

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IBIC Applauds Gov. Rauner Signing TRUST Act SB31

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IBIC Applauds Sheriff Caruana
and Chairman Haney

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Presence Health CEO Michael Englehart
honors IBIC with the Inspire Award

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IMPAC Fund Launch,
IBIC's sister organization in Florida

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Republican Leader Tom Cross Statement
on Winnebago County Immigrant Detention Proposal

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Press Clips Moving Forward Immigration Reform
with Sen Durbin, Reps Gutierrez and Duckworth

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IBIC Celebrates Bipartisan Victory AllKids HB5736
Health Coverage for 41,000 Children

Regardless of Their Immigration Status
August 5, 2016

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IBIC Applauds Speaker Michael Madigan,
Lisa Hernandez, Jim Durkin,
Patricia Bellock &

Illinois House of Representatives for
Their Bipartisan Support for All Kids


Chicago Tribune:
'Covering All Kids' is good for Illinois

William Kunkler III
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Gov. Jim Edgar:

Allow Illinois Student Aid for Undocumented Immigrants

Chicago Sun-Times
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May 7 IBIC Statement:

Clinton and Bush Endorse Reform

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John Rowe:

Business leader's plea to GOP:

You won, now fix immigration
Chicago Tribune
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Dave Bender: Hope for the unfinished business
of immigration reform

State Journal-Register column, August 30, 2014

Dave Bender
Co-Chairman of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition
Executive Director, American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois
Chairman, Logan County Republican Party
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Senator Durbin on the Senate Floor:

Congratulating Billy and Anne Lawless
on Becoming Americans.

Thank you, Billy and Anne, for tirelessly
fighting for immigration reform!
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Congressman Dan Lipinski

supports immigration reform

Crains Business Credits IBIC's Efforts

Lynn Sweet of Chicago Sun-Times

Praises IBIC

Immigration in Play for
Illinois Congressmen
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Immigration Reform: Bridging the Divide

With Speakers:

Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL 16),
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel,
Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL),
Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL 4),
Moderated by Exelon Chairman Emeritus John Rowe
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IBIC Co-Chair John Rowe

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Latest IBIC News

Chicago Tribune: Local CEOs Fight Trump's immigration plan

The Wall Street Journal: EDITORIAL: Trump’s Immigration Chance

Chicago Tribune: It's immigrants who have made America great

CRAIN'S Chicago Business: Business Leaders Support BRIDGE

Chicago Tribune: No unauthorized immigrants? Manufacturing, hospitality workforces would struggle

The Hill: Graham, Durbin re-introduce bill to protect DREAMers

Univision: Grupo bipartidista presenta nuevo proyecto de ley para extender proteccion a los dreamers

NPR: Mayor Rahm Emanuel: 'Chicago Always Will Be A Sanctuary City'
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel added his voice to the chorus of big-city mayors who say theirs will remain "sanctuary cities" in response to President-elect Donald Trump's hard-line positions on illegal immigration.

CNN: Immigrant youths fear Donald Trump's America

Calls to mental health hot lines have increased by 200% at the state level and 250% at the national level, said Patrick Magoon, president and CEO of Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago during a press conference citing crisis center data. "We've also been alerted about an increase in demand for counseling services at colleges and schools across our state," Magoon added.

Chicago Sun Times: Emanuel, Gutierrez seek to reassure immigrants fearful of Trump

“Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez tried Monday to reassure students living in fear and driven to despair and suicide since the election of Donald Trump that Chicago will remain a sanctuary city that protects illegal immigrants.  The news conference was held at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital for a reason: Trump’s stunning victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton has created what the hospital’s president and CEO Patrick Magoon calls a “public health crisis.”’

NBC Chicago Ward Room: 'A Welcome Mat for You'

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined city leaders and healthcare officials Monday morning to offer support to undocumented immigrants and students in light of President-elect Donald Trump's recent announcement detailing his immigration plans.

ABC 7: Chicago to Remain a Sanctuary City for Immigrants, Emanuel Says

Mayor Rahm Emanuel emphasized Monday that Chicago is and will remain a sanctuary city for immigrants concerned about their future. In his first televised interview since becoming president, Trump said he plans to deport or jail 2 to 3 million people who have committed crimes and are in the country illegally. Many are afraid that number could grow.

National Associated Press: Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago will remain sanctuary city for immigrants.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the outcome of the U.S. presidential election won't impact Chicago's commitment as a sanctuary city for immigrants.

Chicago has been a sanctuary city since the late 1980s. That means authorities and city officials aren't allowed to ask residents about their immigration status during routine activities, like traffic stops.

Crain’s Business Chicago: Trump immigration plan sparks blowback in Chicago

“At a news conference today, Latino leaders were joined by a co-founder of Crate & Barrel, media industry execs, state and federal lawmakers, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel in declaring, Trump or not, immigrants have and will keep a home here.  "You are not alone," said Carole Segal, co-founder of Crate & Barrel and co-chair of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition.”

Chicago Tribune: Emanuel to Trump on immigration: 'Chicago always will be a sanctuary city'

“Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday continued his post-election push to publicly oppose President-elect Donald Trump's immigration policies, promising "Chicago always will be a sanctuary city."

Chicago Tribune: Immigration Issue Provides Emanuel with chance to stand up to Trump

Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at Lurie Children's Hospital about protecting immigrants' rights in wake of Donald Trump's presidential election.


Chicago Patch: Chicago Will Stay a 'Sanctuary City' for Undocumented Immigrants; Will Trump Cut Federal Funds?

While President-elect Donald Trump said over the weekend his administration only would be going after undocumented immigrants who are criminals, Mayor Rahm Emanuel told residents that Chicago would still be a safe zone for those individuals and remain a "sanctuary city."

CNN: 'Sanctuary cities' gird for Trump White House

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama's former chief of staff, said Monday at a news conference that city officials have been fielding calls from residents worried that it may change its status because of the threat from Trump.

Fox News: Rahm Emanuel: Chicago "always will be a sanctuary city."

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Politico: Defying Trump, Chicago will continue as immigrant sanctuary

Joining other cities around the country, Chicago is pledging to remain a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants, an act of defiance in the face of Donald Trump’s past promise to cut off those cities from federal funding.

Chicago Tribune: Emanuel to Trump on immigration: 'Chicago always will be a sanctuary city'

Includes video. Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday promised to protect immigrants from deportation, even as president-elect Donald Trump has pledged to remove as many as 3 million immigrants who have criminal records and are living in the country illegally.


The Daily Mail: Chicago, other US cities, pledge 'sanctuary' for immigrants

Chicago on Monday joined several major US cities in affirming that it will remain a "sanctuary city" for immigrants, in defiance of President-elect Donald Trump.

DNAinfo: Trump Win A 'Public Health Crisis,' Suicide Hotline Calls Spike: Officials

Donald Trump's election victory last week has caused a public health crisis in Illinois, as the communities that drew his ire during the campaign wonder what will happen to them, health officials said Monday. Calls to crisis and suicide prevention hotlines in Illinois have increased by 200 percent since Trump claimed victory in Tuesday's national election, said Patrick Magoon, president of Lurie Children's Hospital.

The Washington Times: Mayor says Chicago will remain sanctuary city for immigrants

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the outcome of the U.S. presidential election won’t impact Chicago’s commitment as a sanctuary city for immigrants.

Pantagraph: Mayor says Chicago will remain sanctuary city for immigrants

Emanuel spoke Monday at a news conference with U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, state legislators and health experts who say statements made by President-elect Donald Trump during the campaign have caused intense public anxiety.

Central Illinois Proud: It is not simply a border issue.

This year's presidential election made immigration reform a hot topic. With President-Elect Donald Trump set to take office in January, many business owners are paying extra attention wondering how it could impact them. That was top of mind Monday at a panel discussion at Peoria's Chamber of Commerce. Many businesses [are] hoping to find out what impact could be felt here locally.


WMBD 1470: Businesses Talk Immigration Reform

Peoria businesses sat down and talked immigration reform. Specifically how President-elect Donald Trump’s immigration policies will impact their foreign-born workers. Immigration reform was a hot topic this election season, and with Trump taking office next month, businesses considered a variety of possibilities.

CI News Now/News 25: Local business leaders discuss future of immigration reform

Local and regional business leaders came together Monday to talk about the future of the country's immigrant workers.

WCBU 89.9: Panel Discusses Economic Implications of Immigration Reform

The election of Donald Trump presents a clean slate for the US to craft comprehensive immigration policies. That was one conclusion that panelists from a variety of political and professional backgrounds could agree on, during a discussion at the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce.

Peoria Journal Star: Business leaders uncertain on immigration reform during Trump presidency

Businesses that rely on immigrant employees in any area of the labor spectrum need to be aware of legal rights as a new administration enters the White House - and vocal about the economic benefits of immigration reform.

IBIC Applauds Secretary of State Jesse White and the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus on the Implementation of the Temporary Visitors Driver's Licenses Program (February 4, 2016)

Gov. Jim Edgar: Allow Illinois student aid for undocumented immigrants (Chicago Sun Times, November 10, 2015)

John Rowe: GOP, honor Reagan by rethinking deportation stance (Chicago Tribune, September 15, 2015)

IBIC Applauds Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush for Endorsing Common Sense Immigration Reform (May 7, 2015)

Illinois Republicans for immigration reform (The Hill, March 20, 2015)

Business leader's plea to GOP: You won, now fix immigration (Chicago Tribune, November 11, 2014)

Dave Bender: Hope for the unfinished business of immigration reform (State Journal-Register, August 29, 2014)

Business Round Table Full Report with Motorola Solutions CEO Greg Brown: Contributing to American Growth - the Economic Case for Immigration Reform

How Cantor's defeat could prolong a Southwest Side family's pain by Mark Brown (Chicago Sun-Times, June 11, 2014)

Immigration reform MUST BE PUSHED DESPITE CANTOR'S LOSS (Chicago Sun-Times, June 11, 2014)

IBIC Statement on Tuesday June 10th Primary Election Results  by IBIC

Anatomy of a flip-flop: Dan Lipinski now backs immigration reform by Greg Hinz (Crain's Chicago Business, June 4, 2014)

Mother's Day wish: Humane immigration rules by Carole Segal (Chicago Tribune, May 9, 2014)

Immigration in Play for Illinois Congressmen by Lynn Sweet (Chicago Sun-Times, May 2, 2014)

Aaron Schock, Adam Kinzinger to back legal status by Seung Min Kim (Politico, April 22, 2014)

Kinzinger, Schock Plead for Immigration Overhaul by Matt Fuller (Roll Call, April 22, 2014)

Illinois GOP congressmen warm to immigration reform by Greg Hinz (Crain's Chicago Business, April 22, 2014) 

Biz pushes GOP on immigration by Paul Merrion (Crain's Chicago Business, January 27, 2014)

We need immigration reform now by John Rowe, Samuel C. Scott III, and Doug L. Whitley (Crain's Chicago Business, January 22, 2014)

Illinois CEOs, pushing immigration, turn up the heat on D.C. delegation (Crain's Chicago Business, April 20, 2013)

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