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December 15, 2017
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OPEN LETTER FROM ILLINOIS BUSINESS AND CIVIC LEADERS
Dear Members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation,

As business and civic leaders in Illinois, we are writing to urge you to co-sponsor the DREAM, the RAC or both immediately. And if you have, we thank you. 

In less than five months, DACA will end and some 800,000 DACA recipients will lose their work permits - unless Congress passes a legislative solution to DACA.   Illinois is home to over 42,000 DACA recipients, and losing them as consumers and workforce members will cost our state $2.3 billion in the next decade.

DACA recipients came out of the shadows in good faith, submitting to rigorous background checks and demonstrating their commitment to bettering our country’s future by earning college degrees, working hard in a variety of industries, and investing in our economy by purchasing homes and cars.

In less than five months, DACA will end and 800,000 DACA recipients will lose their work permits unless Congress passes a legislative solution. Your leadership is needed now more than ever, and we are ready to work with you. We ask that you co-sponsor the DREAM, RAC, or both in order to keep 800,000 DACA recipients working, paying taxes, growing our economy and creating more jobs for all of us.

Sincerely,

CURRENT SIGNATORIES
 
John Rowe
Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition
Chairman Emeritus, Exelon Corporation

Martin P. Slark
CEO and Vice Chairman, Molex
 
David MacNeil
Founder & CEO, WeatherTech
 
Siddharth N. "Bobby" Mehta
Former CEO, TransUnion LLC
 
Don Thompson
Former CEO, McDonald’s
 
Mellody Hobson
President, Ariel Investments, LLC

Kermit Crawford
President & COO, Rite Aid Corporation 

Craig Duchossois
Chairman and CEO, The Duchossois Group 
 
Ron Gidwitz
Co-Founder, GCG Partners
 
Glenn Tilton
Retired Chairman and CEO, United Airlines
Chairman, Chicago Council On Global Affairs
 
Sam Yagan
CEO, ShopRunner, Inc.
Vice-Chairman, Match Group
Co-Founder: SparkNotes, eDonkey, OkCupid, Techstars Chicago, Firestarter Fund, Corazon Capital
 
 
Bill Kunkler
Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition
Executive Vice President, CC Industries
 
Carole & Gordon Segal
Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition
Co-founders, Crate and Barrel
 
William A. Von Hoene, Jr.
Senior Executive Vice President & CEO, Exelon Corporation

Tom Cross 
Former Republican Leader, Illinois House

Governor Jim Edgar 

JB Pritzker
Co-founder and Managing Director, The Pritzker Group
 
Michael Sacks
Chairman & CEO, Grosvenor Capital Management
 
Jose Luis Prado
CEO, Evans Food
 
Samuel C. Scott III,
Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition
Former Chief Executive Officer, Ingredion Incorporated
Chairman, Chicago Sister Cities International Program
 
Todd Maisch
Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition
President & CEO, Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Susan Crown
Chairman & Founder of Susan Crown Exchange Inc.
 
John Atkinson
Managing Partner, Willis Group Holdings
 
Scott C. Swanson
Regional President, PNC Bank

Edward J. Wehmer
President & CEO of Wintrust Financial Corporation
 
John Bucksbaum
CEO, Bucksbaum Retail Properties, LLC

Martin R. Castro
President, Castro Synergies, LLC

Karen Teitlebaum
President & CEO, Sinai Health System

Sarah Pang
Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, CNA Financial Corporation

Craig Freedman 
President and CEO, Freedman Seating Company

Marisela Rosales Lawson
Founding Partner, Sagence, Inc

Tom Hurvis 
Founder and Chairman, Old World Industries, LLC

Michael Polsky
Founder & CEO, Invenergy

Dan Costello
CEO, Home Run Inn Restaurant Group
 
Ezequiel Flores
CEO, Flying Food Retail LLC

Juan Gaytan
CEO, Monterrey Security

Christopher Gladwin
CEO & Founder, Cleversafe
 
Norman R. Bobins
Norman Bobins Consulting LLC
 
Terry Howerton,
Founder, TechNexus

Christopher G. Kennedy
Chairman, Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc.
 
Senator Billy Lawless
Owner, The Gage and Henri

Ken Lehman
Managing Partner, KKP Group, LLC

Patrick M. Magoon
President & CEO, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
 
Clare Muñana
President, Ancora Associates, Inc.

Juan Ochoa
President, Miramar Group

Maureen Pikarski
Partner, Gordon & Pikarski
 
Ken Raskin
Chairman of the Illinois Restaurant Association and owner of Manny's Deli
 
Jesse Ruiz
Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Jos Saldana
President & CEO, Biba Global

Sam Sanchez
CEO, SamCo Partners
 
Christine Cikowski
Executive Chef and Managing Partner, Honey Butter Fried Chicken

Rob Lowe
CEO, Wellspring Worldwide

Jessica Droste Yagan
CEO, Impact Engine

Kal Mahmood 
President, Old World Industries Inc.

Samir Mayekar
CEO, SiNode Systems

Kevin Boyle
President, Schulze Burch

Kevin Boehm
Co-Founder, Boka Restaurant Group

Dave Bender
Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition
Executive Director, American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois
Chairman, Logan County Republican Party
 
Father Brendan Curran
Catholic Businesses for Immigration Reform
 
Jaime di Paulo
Executive Director, Little Village Chamber of Commerce

Omar Duque
President & CEO, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
 
Marc J. Gordon
President & CEO, Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association
 
Mark Harris
President & CEO, Illinois Science & Technology Coalition

Ed Hoch
President of the Illinois Technology Association
 
Anna Morzy
President, Polish American Chamber of Commerce
 
Hedy Ratner
Co-Founder, Women’s Business Development Center

Cyril Regan President
Chicago Irish Immigrant Support

Sergio Suarez
President, North American Institute for Mexican Advancement
 
Sam Toia
President, Illinois Restaurant Association

Doug L. Whitley
Former President & CEO, Illinois Chamber of Commerce
 
AJ Wilhelmi 
President & CEO, Illinois Hospital Association

Donna M. Carroll
President, Dominican University

Alan W. Cramb
President, Illinois Institute of Technology

Robert Easter
Former President, University of Illinois

A. Gabriel Esteban, PhD
President, DePaul University

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
President, Loyola University

Ellen Rudnick
Senior Advisor on Entrepreneurship & Adjunct Professor, The University of Chicago

Morton Schapiro, PhD
President, Northwestern University
 
Luis Acosta
Business Owner, Yady's Carwash Inc

Bernabe Cabral
Business Owner, La Villita Cleaners
 
Carolina Cossyleon
Business Owner, Maravilla's Restaurant

Refugio Davila
Business Owner, Davila Auto Service

Benjamin Delgado
Business Owner, Benny's Mensware
 
Joan Franco
Business Owner, El Anzuelo Restaurant

Hector E. Garcia
Business Owner, G&G Imports LLC
 
Victor Gonzalez
Business Owner, Quetzalcoat Studio

Laura Granado
Business owner, Laura's Boutique
 
Ernesto Hernandez
Business Owner, El Campo
 
Lupe Jimenez
Owner, Carnicerias Jimenez
 
Jesse Macias
Business Owner, Parks Homes Real Estate

Ernesto Martinez
President, Ernesto Martinez Agency
 
Francisco Martinez
Business Owner, Isidros Tamales

Apolinar Meza 
Business Owner, Elmhurst Carpenter Realtor
 
Marco Paz 
Business Owner, Celias Photo Studio

Jose Romero
Business Owner, Romero Steel
 
Dora Sanchez
Business Owner, Neveria Michoacana
 
Jose L. Suarez
President, Mar y Tierra Restaurant
 
Sergio Saurez Jr.
Business Owner, Martian Solutions
 
Leo Torres 
Business Owner, DJZ United Concrete & Asphalt Inc

Veronica Trevino 
Business Owner, Veronica's Maids

Erica Vega
Business Owner, La Galera
 
Jose Velazquez
Business Owner, Bryan's Jewelry
 
 
David D. Hiller
President & CEO, Robert R. McCormick Foundation
 
Joshua Hoyt
Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition
Executive Director, National Partnership for New Americans
 
Rabbi Seth M. Limmer
Chicago Sinai Congregation
 
Raul Raymundo
Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition
CEO, The Resurrection Project
 
Dr. Bryan Traubert
Chairman, The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation (PTFF)
IBIC Statement on White House Immigration Principles
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 9, 2017

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Rebecca Shi, 312-576- 8032, rshi@illinoisbic.biz
Linda Fleener, 815-762- 9663, lfleener@illinoisbic.biz 

CHICAGO, IL -- On Sunday, October 8, the White House sent a list of principles for immigration enforcement to Congress in exchange for a legislative solution to DACA. The extensive list of principles includes funding for a southern border wall, a merit-based immigration system with deep cuts to visas for family members, mandatory E-Verify, and withholding federal grant money from sanctuary cities, among other provisions. 

While there is no doubt that we need a more orderly and streamlined immigration system, our immediate concern is to replace DACA with sensible legislation in order to prevent disruptions to our workforce and the lives of 780,000 DACA recipients. There is broad bipartisan support from both Congress and the American people for finding a legislative solution to DACA - including 73 percent of Trump voters. 

Further, in protecting DACA recipients, we do not want to sacrifice our economy or the parents of DACA recipients by restricting employers' access to a global workforce and reducing the number of foreign-born workers allowed in our country - workers that are desperately needed in both high and low-skill sectors. 

With the deadline for passing a legislative solution to DACA closing in, it is urgent that Congress focuses on passing legislation that will allow DACA recipients to continue to work, go to school, pay taxes, and grow our economy. 

The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition promotes commonsense immigration reform that advances Illinois economic competitiveness, provides Illinois companies with both the high-skilled and low-skilled talent they need, and allows the integration of immigrants into our economy as consumers, workers, entrepreneurs and citizens. For more information please visit www.illinoisbic.biz. 

READ THE FULL WHITE HOUSE IMMIGRATION PRINCIPLES 

WHITE HOUSE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF IMMIGRATION PRINCIPLES - CLICK HERE
DETAILED STATEMENT OUTLINE - CLICK HERE
BORDER SECURITY OUTLINE - CLICK HERE
INTERIOR ENFORCEMENT OUTLINE - CLICK HERE
MERIT-BASED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM OUTLINE - CLICK HERE

READ: WHO SUPPORTS DACA LEGISLATION? - CLICK HERE 

JOIN IBIC - CLICK HERE

Business Leaders Call On President Trump and Congress to
Protect 800,000 DACA Recipients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2017
Chicago: Rebecca Shi 312-576-8032 | RShi@illinoisbic.biz
Ivette Moratoya 773-616-6115 | Ivette@fwd.us
Washington DC: press@fwd.us
Miami: Wendi Adelson 954-803-0079 | wendiadelson@gmail.com

Entrepreneurs, Business Leaders Call On President Trump and Congress to Protect 800,000 DACA Recipients

Chicago, Illinois– Today, over 300 U.S. business leaders joined chief executives of Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, General Motors, Starbucks in an open letter urging President Donald Trump to preserve the DACA program and calling on Congress to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act or similar legislation that provides these young people raised in our country the permanent solution they deserve. The letter is organized by FWD.us, with support from IBIC and IMPAC Fund.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: “We need a government that protects Dreamers. Today I join business leaders across the country in calling on our president to keep the DACA program in place and protect Dreamers from fear of deportation We’re also calling on Congress to finally pass the Dream Act or another permanent, legislative solution that Dreamers deserve.”

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadell: "We care deeply about the DREAMers who work at Microsoft and fully support them. We will always stand for diversity and economic opportunity for everyone,"

Exelon Chairman Emeritus and IBIC Co-Chairman John Rowe: “Through DACA, these young immigrants have been able to receive an education and develop skills that make American companies more competitive. They drive company strategy and many have started businesses of their own that generate more jobs for Americans. They are who our economy needs”

MBF Healthcare Partners Chairman and IMPAC Fund Chairman Mike Fernandez: "My friend Dr. Alfredo Quińones, head of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic came from Mexico at age 15 and was a migrant worker. Graduated from Harvard, practiced at John Hopkins and now at Mayo. He was and is a DREAMER! Is this the type of talent that we want to deport. How many lives will be lost because people like him, lovers of our American Dream will not be here? What are we doing to our Nation?"

Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro “Passing the DREAM Act is the right thing to do. It makes no sense to expel talented young people who have been raised as Americans. We need their knowledge and skills to build our economy and defend our nation.”

DePaul University President Dr. A. Gabriel Esteban "DePaul University was founded in 1898 to serve Chicago’s large and growing immigrant population. This group had very limited access to higher education. Those men and women built Chicago into the great city it is today. DePaul continues to provide a world-class education to all of our students, including new immigrants. Dream students are as much a part of Chicago as any students, and they deserve a chance to fully contribute to our culture and economy. I urge you to find a permanent solution that helps these students realize the American Dream.”

Additional signatories include General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Crate and Barrel Co-Founders Carole and Gordon Segal, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Exelon Chairman Emertius John Rowe, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, United Airlines former Chairman Glenn Tilton, Chicago Sister Cities Chairman Sam Scott, MBF Healthcare Partners Chairman Mike Fernandez, Old World Industries Chairman Tom Hurvis, Western Industrial Contractors Founder Barbara Grogan, among others.

Illinois CEO signatories include Crate and Barrel cofounders Carole and Gordon Segal, Pulmonary Consultants CEO, Dr. Mohammed Zaher Sahloul, Exelon Chairman Emeritus John Rowe, Willis Towers Watson Group Managing Partner John Atkinson, United Airlines Former Chairman Glenn F. Tilton, NAIMA President Sergio Suarez, and Outcome Health President and CEO Shradha Agarwal and Rishi Shah, Chicago Sister Cities Chairman Samuel C Scott III, The Pritzker Group Co-Founder JB Pritzker, CC Industries Executive Vice President Bill Kunkler, Susan Crown Exchange Chairman Susan Crown, The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation Chairman Dr. Bryan Traubert, Robert R. McCormick Foundation President and CEO David Hiller, GSV Acceleration Fund President Deborah Quazzo, Ancora Associates CEO Clare Munana, The Resurrection Project CEO Raul Raymundo, Evans Food Group CEO and Quaker Oats Former CEO Jose Luis Prado, Old World Industries Founder and Chairman Tom Hurvis, National Partnership for New Americans CEO Josh Hoyt, Illinois Science and Technology Coalition President and CEO Mark Harris, Tech Nexus CEO Terry Howerton, Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro, Illinois Institute of Technology President Alan W. Cramb, Dominican University President Donna M. Carroll, and DePaul University President Dr. Gabriel Esteban.

The letter and current signatory list can be found here. The letter will remain open and those who wish to sign in the future can do so here.

Full text:

August 31, 2017

To: President Donald J. Trump

To: Speaker Paul Ryan; Leader Nancy Pelosi; Leader Mitch McConnell; and Leader Charles E. Schumer

As entrepreneurs and business leaders, we are concerned about new developments in immigration policy that threaten the future of young undocumented immigrants brought to America as children.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows nearly 800,000 Dreamers the basic opportunity to work and study without the threat of deportation, is in jeopardy. All DACA recipients grew up in America, registered with our government, submitted to extensive background checks, and are diligently giving back to our communities and paying income taxes. More than 97 percent are in school or in the workforce, 5 percent started their own business, 65 percent have purchased a vehicle, and 16 percent have purchased their first home. At least 72 percent of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies count DACA recipients among their employees.

Unless we act now to preserve the DACA program, all 780,000 hardworking young people will lose their ability to work legally in this country, and every one of them will be at immediate risk of deportation. Our economy would lose $460.3 billion from the national GDP and $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions.

Dreamers are vital to the future of our companies and our economy. With them, we grow and create jobs. They are part of why we will continue to have a global competitive advantage.

We call on President Trump to preserve the DACA program. We call on Congress to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act or legislation that provides these young people raised in our country the permanent solution they deserve.

About IBIC: The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition promotes commonsense immigration reform that advances Illinois economic competitiveness, provides Illinois companies with both the high-skilled and low-skilled talent they need, and allows the integration of immigrants into our economy as consumers, workers, entrepreneurs and citizens. For more information please visit www.illinoisbic.biz

About FWD.us: FWD.us’ mission is to mobilize the tech community to support policies that keep the American Dream achievable in the 21st century. For more information please visit www.fwd.us

About IMPAC Fund: IMPAC brings together business and civic leaders in Florida who support policies and practices that recognize the important contributions that immigrants make to our economy and our communities. For more information please visit impacfund.org

PRESS

ABC News: Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Google execs among business leaders asking Trump to preserve DACA
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/facebook-apple-amazon-google-execs-business-leaders-trump/story?id=49556679

Business Insider: Microsoft's CEO is again standing up to Trump on immigration
http://www.businessinsider.com/satya-nadella-microsoft-support-dreamers-oppose-trump-ending-daca-2017-8

Reuters: Trump's expected repeal of Dreamer program draws fire from business
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-daca/trumps-expected-repeal-of-dreamer-program-draws-fire-from-business-idUSKCN1BB2PD

Apple, Facebook, Google and scores of businesses are imploring President Trump to protect the Dreamers
https://www.recode.net/2017/8/31/16237074/apple-facebook-google-president-trump-protect-dreamers-daca

Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, Mary Barra among more than 300 business titans imploring Trump to preserve Obama-era policy to protect immigrants http://www.businessinsider.com/tech-giants-join-forces-to-urge-trump-to-preserve-daca-2017-8

IBIC APPLAUDS GOV. RAUNER SIGNING TRUST ACT SB 31 ON
MONDAY AUGUST 28 TO STRENGTHEN PUBLIC SAFETY AND
GROW THE ECONOMY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 28, 2017
Rebecca Shi 312-576-8032 rshi@illinoisbic.biz

Chicago, Illinois - Today Governor Rauner signed SB 31 Illinois Trust Act into law on Monday August 28, 2017.

Illinois Business Immigration Coalition applauds Governor BRUCE RAUNER for approving SB 31 "TRUST ACT" to strengthen trust between police and immigrant community and grow the Illinois economy. IBIC applauds Illinois General Assembly, in particular, chief sponsors Senate President JOHN CULLERTON and Representative CHRIS WELCH, GOP leaders Senator CHRISTINE RADOGNO and Representative BOB PRITCHARD for championing this sensible, bipartisan public safety legislation. IBIC congratulate the Campaign for a Welcoming Illinois for their leadership on the Trust Act.

"Finding common ground in our current climate is not easy. Governor Rauner and the General Assembly deserve credit for reaching a sensible, smart solution. TRUST is important on the merits as it protects immigrants from being arrested solely because of their immigration status. It is important for our economy which depends upon these workers. And it is essential to make clear that this is a state that does not hate," said JOHN ROWE, Exelon Chairman Emeritus and IBIC co-chairman, "Time for Congress and the White House to follow Illinois's lead and pass comprehensive immigration reform."

"My office spent years developing relationships of trust with our immigrant communities," said LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF MARK CURRAN, "Trust Act ensures everyone in my community, no matter where they were born, to feel comfortable calling on first responders in an emergency, including when they are a victim or witness of crime."

"At a time when the violence in Chicago continues at alarming and unacceptable rates, local police need to be focused on crime and violence reduction," said COOK COUNTY SHERIFF TOM DART, "To do that effectively requires community cooperation and support, both of which diminish quickly if there is fear that reporting a crime or turning in an offender will lead to detention by immigration authorities. Signing the Illinois TRUST Act (SB31) into law will ensure everyone understands the role of local law enforcement in Illinois - to protect and serve, not to scare and harass."

"SB31 demonstrates to the entire state that we won't give into fear or bullying," said SCOTT GRAMS, Illinois Landscape Contractors Association Executive Director who represents over 1,000 landscape companies in Illinois "Normally, landscape contractors keep to ourselves. When trouble comes, we look towards the ground and get to work. We decided not to sit idly by and watch hysteria descend over our state and our communities. We backed SB31 along with hundreds of other small businesses because it's smart policy and begins to rebuild trust in our communities"

"The core duty of local police is community safety, not federal immigration enforcement," said ILLINOIS ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE (ILACP) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ED WOJCICKI, "Immigrants are more likely to report crimes and come forward as witnesses to crimes when they are not afraid. SB 31 promotes trust between immigrants and local police, which strengthens community safety for all Illinois residents.”

"My priority is to keep local communities safe," said BARTONVILLE CHIEF OF POLICE BRIAN FENGEL "SB31 promotes Trust between immigrants and local police which strengthens community safety for all Illinois residents."

"As an immigrant entrepreneur who has created over 1,000 American jobs over the last 20 years, today, I am so proud to call Illinois home," said SERGIO SUAREZ President and Co-Founder of NAIMA "The Trust Act will enable entrepreneurs like myself and my family to continue to live in Illinois, to innovate in Illinois and to create American jobs in Illinois. Thank you Governor Rauner, my Representative Chris Welch and Senate President Cullerton for this powerful statement of who we are as a state and nation."

"TRUST Act recognizes the work ethic, talent and entrepreneurship of our immigrant employees while advancing the rule of law", said SAM SCOTT, Corn Products International retired CEO and IBIC-Cochair "Thanks Governor Rauner and General Assembly for making Illinois a leader in welcoming immigrants hungry to work, create jobs and innovate."

"Like generations of Irish, Italian, and Polish immigrants before them, today's predominantly Hispanic and Asian immigrants are here to work and build a better future for their children," said RAUL RAYMUNDO, The Resurrection Project CEO and IBIC Co-chair, "TRUST Act ensures that immigrants can continue to work, pay taxes, create jobs and collaborate with police, achieving the American Dream not just for themselves but for all."

"Trust Act is economically important, politically smart, morally right and will make us safer," said REBECCA SHI, IBIC executive director, "IBIC calls on Congress and the White House to follow Illinois's lead to pass comprehensive immigration reform."

WHY TRUST ACT SB 31 IMMIGRATION BILL IS "VERY REASONABLE"

GIVEN RECENT CONFUSION OVER SB31, FOLLOWING IS A STATEMENT FROM ILLINOIS BUSINESS IMMIGRATION COALITION ON 1)WHAT IS SB31 2) WHAT IT IS NOT 3) WHY IT ADVANCES ILLINOIS

SB31 has the backing of business leaders and support from some big names in state law enforcement like Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran, and the Illinois Chiefs of Police Association. Trust Act will make our communities safer and our economy stronger.

SB 31 was negotiated from 40 pages down to 2 pages, see the actual language SB 31 (and amended by HA#3) CLICK HERE. These changes and amendment have led to some confusion about what SB 31, as approved, does and does not do.

WHAT IS IN TRUST ACT SB 31-HA#3 See the actual language CLICK HERE
1) State and local police would not arrest or hold a person based solely on immigration status.
2) State and local police honor ICE detainers sanctioned by a judge.
3) State and local police are allowed to communicate with federal agents​, and fully compliant with federal statutory requirements.

WHAT IS NOT IN TRUST ACT SB 31-HA #3 See the actual language CLICK HERE
1) SB 31 does NOT create "safe" zones such as hospitals and schools
2) SB 31 does NOT create "sanctuary" state or municipalities
3) SB 31 does NOT prohibit law enforcement communications with federal agents

WHY TRUST ACT SB 31 IS A GOOD STEP FORWARD FOR ILLINOIS

1) ​The core duty of local police is community safety​,​ not federal immigration enforcement. Immigrants are more likely to report crimes and ​come forward as​ witnesses to crimes when they are not afraid. Trust Act SB 31 promotes trust between immigrants and local police which strengthens community safety for all Illinois residents.

2) Reduce unnecessary disruption to the workforce - our economy depends on immigrants as workers, business owners and entrepreneurs. Efforts to repair our broken immigration system have been stalled in Congress for well over a decade, with no resolution in sight. That’s the reality that makes the Trust Act a smart move for Illinois. 

WHO SUPPORTS TRUST ACT SB 31 

LAW ENFORCEMENT SUPPORTS SB 31 CLICK HERE 
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart
Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran
Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police
Melrose Park Chief of Police Sam C Pitassi
Stone Park Chief of Police Christopher P. Pavini
Franklin Park Chief of Police Michael Witz
Chicago Heights Chief of Police Tom Rogers
Elgin Chief of Police Jeffrey Swoboda
Berwyn Chief of Police Michael D. Cimaglia
 Elmwood Park Chief of Police Frank Fagiano
 Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington
Bartonville Police Chief Brian Fengel 

174 BUSINESS LEADERS SUPPORT SB 31 CLICK HERE 

179 FAITH LEADERS SUPPORT SB 31 - CLICK HERE 

CAMPAIGN FOR A WELCOMING ILLINOIS SUPPORTS SB 31 - CLICK HERE

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart: "Signing SB31 into law will ensure everyone understands the role of local law enforcement in Illinois - to protect and serve, not to scare and harass.”
https://capitolfax.com/2017/08/22/rauner-takes-more-heat-over-legislation/ 

Chicago Tribune Editorial: Trust Act is the right move for immigrants — and for Illinois
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-immigration-bill-rauner-trust-0823-story.html 

Chicago Sun-Times: BROWN: Sheriff supported Trump — and immigrant protection bill
http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/brown-sheriff-supported-trump-and-immigrant-protection-bill/ 

Chicago Tribune: Rauner will sign immigration bill, aide says
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-bruce-rauner-education-bill-met-0823-20170822-story.html 

Chicago Tribune: Business pushes Rauner to sign bill to protect immigrants
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/columnists/ct-immigration-rauner-robert-reed-0615-biz-20170614-column.html 

Chicago Tribune / Hoy: Diverse group of religious leaders implore Rauner to sign Trust Act
http://www.chicagotribune.com/hoy/ct-hoy-diverse-group-of-religious-leaders-implore-rauner-to-sign-trust-act-20170713-story.html 

SB 31, Illinois Trust Act is economically important, politically smart, morally right and will make us safer. SB 31 is supported by Illinois's business, law enforcement, faith and immigrant leaders. SB 31 is a smart, sensible policy for our state.

WHY TRUST ACT SB 31 IMMIGRATION BILL IS "VERY REASONABLE"

GIVEN RECENT CONFUSION OVER SB31, FOLLOWING IS A STATEMENT FROM ILLINOIS BUSINESS IMMIGRATION COALITION ON 1)WHAT IS SB31 2) WHAT IT IS NOT 3) WHY IT ADVANCES ILLINOIS

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - Trust ACT SB 31 is a " very reasonable" bill​, as Governor Rauner said on Friday, August 18 on WBEZ's morning shift program. It has the backing of business leaders and support from some big names in state law enforcement like Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran. Trust Act will make our communities safer and our economy stronger.

SB 31 was negotiated from 40 pages down to 2 pages, see the actual language SB 31 (and amended by HA#3) HERE​​. These changes and amendment have led to some confusion about what SB 31, as approved, does and does not do.

SB 31 was negotiated with law enforcement and immigrant advocates, with the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police in support, and the Illinois Sheriffs Association neutral and prominent law enforcement officials, such as sheriffs Tom Dart (D-Cook County) and Mark Curran (R-Lake County) actively in support.

What IS in TRUST ACT SB 31-HA#3 See the actual language HERE

1) State and local police would not arrest or hold a person based solely on immigration status.

2) State and local police honor ICE detainers sanctioned by a judge.
3) State and local police are allowed to communicate with federal agents​, and fully compliant with federal statutory requirements.

What is NOT in TRUST ACT SB 31-HA #3 See the actual language HERE

1) SB 31 does NOT create "safe" zones such as hospitals and schools

2) SB 31 does NOT create "sanctuary" state or municipalities
3) SB 31 does NOT prohibit law enforcement communications with federal agents

WHY TRUST ACT SB 31 is a Good Step Forward for Illinois

1) ​The core duty of local police is community safety​,​ not federal immigration enforcement. Immigrants are more likely to report crimes and ​come forward as​ witnesses to crimes when they are not afraid. Trust Act SB 31 promotes trust between immigrants and local police which strengthens community safety for all Illinois residents.

2) Reduce unnecessary disruption to the workforce - our economy depends on immigrants as workers, business owners and entrepreneurs. Efforts to repair our broken immigration system have been stalled in Congress for well over a decade, with no resolution in sight. That’s the reality that makes the Trust Act a smart move for Illinois.

WHO SUPPORTS TRUST ACT SB 31

LAW ENFORCEMENT SUPPORTS SB 31 CLICK HERE
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart
Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran
Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police
Melrose Park Chief of Police Sam C Pitassi
Stone Park Chief of Police Christopher P. Pavini
Franklin Park Chief of Police Michael Witz
Chicago Heights Chief of Police Tom Rogers
Elgin Chief of Police Jeffrey Swoboda
Berwyn Chief of Police Michael D. Cimaglia
Elmwood Park Chief of Police Frank Fagiano
Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington
Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin
Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman

174 BUSINESS LEADERS SUPPORT SB 31 CLICK HERE

179 FAITH LEADERS SUPPORT SB 31 - CLICK HERE

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart: "Signing SB31 into law will ensure everyone understands the role of local law enforcement in Illinois - to protect and serve, not to scare and harass.”
https://capitolfax.com/2017/08/22/rauner-takes-more-heat-over-legislation/ 

Chicago Tribune Editorial: Trust Act is the right move for immigrants — and for Illinois
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-immigration-bill-rauner-trust-0823-story.html 

Chicago Sun-Times: BROWN: Sheriff supported Trump — and immigrant protection bill
http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/brown-sheriff-supported-trump-and-immigrant-protection-bill/ 

Chicago Tribune: Rauner will sign immigration bill, aide says
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-bruce-rauner-education-bill-met-0823-20170822-story.html 

Chicago Tribune: Business pushes Rauner to sign bill to protect immigrants
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/columnists/ct-immigration-rauner-robert-reed-0615-biz-20170614-column.html 

Chicago Tribune / Hoy: Diverse group of religious leaders implore Rauner to sign Trust Act
http://www.chicagotribune.com/hoy/ct-hoy-diverse-group-of-religious-leaders-implore-rauner-to-sign-trust-act-20170713-story.html

IBIC Applauds Public Reports that Gov. Rauner
Will Sign TRUST Act SB 31 on Monday, August 28 to Strengthen Public
Safety and Grow the Economy

Chicago, Illinois - Today Governor Rauner notified the media that he will sign SB 31 Illinois Trust Act into law on Monday August 28, 2017, HERE, HERE 

Illinois Business Immigration Coalition applauds public reports that Governor Bruce Rauner will approve SB 31 "TRUST ACT" to strengthen trust between police and immigrant community while growing the Illinois economy. IBIC applauds Illinois General Assembly, in particular, chief sponsors Senate President John Cullerton and Representative Chris Welch, GOP leaders former Senator Christine Radogno and Representative Bob Pritchard for championing this sensible, bipartisan public safety legislation. 

"Finding common ground in our current climate is not easy. Governor Rauner and the General Assembly deserve credit for reaching a sensible, smart solution to stabilize the workforce, prevent unnecessary disruption to businesses, and reduce fear" said JOHN ROWE, Exelon Chairman Emeritus and IBIC co-chairman, "Time for Congress and the White House to follow Illinois's lead and pass comprehensive immigration reform." 

"My office spent years developing relationships of trust with our immigrant communities," said LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF MARK CURRAN, "Trust Act ensures everyone in my community, no matter where they were born, to feel comfortable calling on first responders in an emergency, including when they are a victim or witness of crime." 

"At a time when the violence in Chicago continues at alarming and unacceptable rates, local police need to be focused on crime and violence reduction," said COOK COUNTY SHERIFF TOM DART, "To do that effectively requires community cooperation and support, both of which diminish quickly if there is fear that reporting a crime or turning in an offender will lead to detention by immigration authorities. Signing the Illinois TRUST Act (SB31) into law will ensure everyone understands the role of local law enforcement in Illinois - to protect and serve, not to scare and harass." 

"As an immigrant entrepreneur who has created over 1,000 American jobs over the last 20 years, today, I am so proud to call Illinois home," said SERGIO SUAREZ President and Co-Founder of NAIMA "The Trust Act will enable entrepreneurs like myself and my family to continue to live in Illinois, to innovate in Illinois and to create American jobs in Illinois. Thank you Governor Rauner, my Representative Chris Welch and Senate President Cullerton for this powerful statement of who we are as a state and nation." 

"TRUST Act recognizes the work ethic, talent and entrepreneurship of our immigrant employees while advancing the rule of law", said SAM SCOTT, Corn Products International retired CEO and IBIC-Cochair "Thanks Governor Rauner and General Assembly for making Illinois a leader in welcoming immigrants hungry to work, create jobs and innovate." 

"Like generations of Irish, Italian, and Polish immigrants before them, today's predominantly Hispanic and Asian immigrants are here to work and build a better future for their children," said RAUL RAYMUNDO, The Resurrection Project CEO and IBIC Co-chair, "TRUST Act ensures that immigrants can continue to work, pay taxes, create jobs and collaborate with police, achieving the American Dream not just for themselves but for all." 

"Trust Act is economically important, politically smart, morally right and will make us safer," said REBECCA SHI, IBIC executive director, "IBIC calls on Congress and the White House to follow Illinois's lead to pass comprehensive immigration reform." 

A broad coalition supported the Trust Act including law enforcement HERE, Illinois employers HERE, faith leaders HERE, and many Latino and immigrant entrepreneurs and leaders. 

IBIC would like to emphasize the merits of TRUST ACT, SB31 sensible, pro-business, pro immigrant, public safety bill. 

  • SB 31 passed the Illinois General Assembly with bipartisan support. SB 31 is supported by business, law enforcement, faith and immigrant leaders. 
  • SB 31 was negotiated with the Illinois State Police, Illinois Sheriff and Chiefs of Police. 
  • SB 31 brings immigration enforcement under the rule of law by honoring judicial warrants and prohibiting arrests of people based on their immigration status alone, which is consistent with Illinois State Police's policy. 
  • SB 31 strengthens our collective safety by improving cooperation between police and the immigrant community 
  • SB 31 strengthens the Illinois economy by reducing unnecessary disruption to Illinois's high and low skilled industries that depend on the talent, work ethic and entrepreneurship of their immigrant workforce. 
  • SB 31 enables immigrant communities to feel comfortable calling on first responders in an emergency to report crime, as a victim or witness to crime thus strengthening our collective safety. 
  • SB 31 is compliant with federal statutes by explicitly allowing communications between local police and federal immigration agents. 

SB 31, Illinois Trust Act is economically important, politically smart, morally right and will make us safer. SB 31 is supported by Illinois's business, law enforcement, faith and immigrant leaders. SB 31 is a smart, sensible policy for our state.

Illinois Law Enforcement Urge Governor Rauner
to Approve TRUST Act to Strengthen Public Safety

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 17, 2017 
Rebecca Shi 312-576-8032 rshi@illinoisbic.biz 

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS-- Multiple Illinois law enforcement officials including Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran, Melrose Park Chief of Police Sam C Pitassi, Stone Park Chief of Police Christopher P. Pavini, Franklin Park Chief of Police Michael Witz, Elgin Chief of Police Jeffrey Swoboda, Chicago Heights Chief of Police Tom Rogers, Berwyn Chief of Police Michael D. Cimaglia and Elmwood Park Chief of Police Frank Fagiano sent a letter to urge Governor Rauner to approve Illinois Trust Act SB 31 to make public safety easier to achieve. Law enforcement officials join Illinois employers HERE, faith leaders HERE, Latino and Asian entrepreneurs to support the TRUST Act. 

Law Enforcement Letter for Trust Act SB 31 

August 17, 2017 

Office of the Governor  
207 State House 
Springfield, IL 62706 

Dear Governor Bruce Rauner 

As law enforcement officials, we support and ask you to approve TRUST ACT SB 31. TRUST ACT SB 31 is a sensible policy to effectively devote our time and taxpayers’ money going after true threats to public safety and security and not wasting limited resources apprehending and removing immigrants who are merely seeking to work or reunite with family. 

SB 31 is not "sanctuary" bill because it explicitly allows communications between local police and federal agents. SB 31 is compliant with federal statutes. 

SB 31 will strengthen our collective public safety. Going after hardworking immigrants has adverse effects that go beyond straining our budgets and manpower. 

We have spent years developing relationships of trust with our immigrant communities. We need everyone in the community, no matter where they were born, to feel comfortable calling on first responders in an emergency, including when they are a victim or witness of crime.  

Fears that law enforcement and immigration enforcement are one and the same have a chilling effect on reports of crime among minority communities. Already this year, some police chiefs have reported that members of the Hispanic community are calling in fewer reports of rapes, even though reports otherwise have not decreased. 

SB 31 TRUST Act will help with this very real concern. None of us wants rapists or other criminals to get away with crime. Discouraging victims and witnesses of crime from coming forward makes our jobs harder and does not make you safer.  

As law enforcement leaders, we applaud bipartisan legislators from Illinois's General Assembly for passing SB 31. We ask the Governor to approve this legislation to make community safety easier for us to achieve, not harder. 

Sincerely, 

Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran 
Melrose Park Chief of Police Sam C Pitassi 
Stone Park Chief of Police Christopher P. Pavini 
Franklin Park Chief of Police Michael Witz 
Chicago Heights Chief of Police Tom Rogers 
Elgin Chief of Police Jeffrey Swoboda 
Berwyn Chief of Police Michael D. Cimaglia 
Elmwood Park Chief of Police Frank Fagiano

170 Illinois employers encourage Governor Rauner to sign the Trust Act

The Trust Act would assure our immigrant workforce that they are welcomed in Illinois, and help ensure that agriculture, green industries, hospitality, manufacturers, and healthcare industries have adequate workforce to support job growth in Illinois. We encourage you to sign the Illinois Trust Act - SB31. It is economically important, morally right, politically smart and will make us safer.

Read the full letter to Governor Rauner HERE.
112 CEOs Back BRIDGE Act

112 CEOs from Illinois, Florida and Colorado Back BRIDGE Act

Bipartisan legislation protects undocumented youth - "DREAMers" from deportations and allows them to continue to study, work and pay taxes 

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS ---- A growing list of business and civic leaders from Illinois, Florida and Colorado are calling on President Trump and Congressional leaders to support the bipartisan BRIDGE Act to protect undocumented youth from deportations. 

In a letter organized by the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, 112 CEOs and employers call for the protection of DREAMers from deportations and passage of the BRIDGE Act to enable them to continue to go to school, work, pay taxes and contribute to our economy and country. 

This week, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-NC) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) re-introduced BRIDGE Act with House sponsors Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL). Additional U.S. Senate co-sponsors include Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Kamala Harris (D-CA). Additional U.S. House co-sponsors include Jeff Denham (R-CA), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Carlos L. Curbelo (R-FL), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Judy Chu (D-CA). 

The bipartisan legislation provides a clean, legislative solution for 750,000 Dreamers who earned work permits and temporary relief from deportation under DACA - Defer Action for Childhood Arrivals. If passed, teachers, nurses, engineers and entrepreneurs will continue to work, create jobs, pay taxes, buy homes, and contribute to our economy and country. 

Removing 750,000 people from the workforce would be an economic disaster and cost our country $433.4 billion in lost GDP over a decade. 

Signatories include Exelon Corporation Chairman Emeritus and IBIC Co-Chair JOHN ROWE​, MBF Healthcare Partners Chairman MICHAEL B. FERNANDEZ,​ Former Major League Baseball Player ALEX RODRIGUEZ "A-ROD"​, Crate and Barrel Co-Founder CAROLE SEGAL​, CC Industries Executive Vice President BILL KUNKLER,​ Denver Center for the Performing Arts Chairman DAN RITCHIE,​ Founder of Western Industrial Contractors BARBARA GROGAN​, United Airlines former CEO GLENN TILTON,​ HEICO CEO LAURANS A. MENDELSON​, the Potamkin Companies Co-Chairman ALAN POTAMKIN,​ the Duchossois Group CEO CRAIG DUCHOSSOIS​, GCG Partners CEO RON GIDWITZ​, Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation Chairman DR. BYRAN TRAUBERT,​ Century Homebuilders Group CEO SERGIO PINO​, Pritzker Group Co-Founder and Managing Partner JB PRITZKER, Willis Towers Watson Group Managing Partner JOHN ATKINSON​, Home Run Inn Restaurant Group CEO DAN COSTELLO​, Evans Food CEO JOSE LUIS PRADO​, Accenture North America CEO, retired, JORGE BENITEZ​ join 93 CEOs to support BRIDGE. 

In the letter, business and civic leaders state: 

"BRIDGE provides a clean pathway for roughly 750,000 young people who have DACA to keep living, working and paying taxes in the United States. DACA has allowed Dreamers to work in every industry and at nearly every single major company in America. Six percent of DACA recipients have also launched businesses that employ native-born American citizens. Almost 55 percent of DACA recipients have purchased a vehicle, and more than one in ten — or 12 percent — have purchased their first home...We hope members in both parties and President Elect Trump will support this critical legislation. DACA-recipients are proof that when undocumented immigrants are brought out of the shadows and legally enter the workforce, they contribute even more to our nation by paying taxes, purchasing homes and strengthening public safety and national security." 

About IBIC: The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition promotes commonsense immigration reform that advances Illinois economic competitiveness, provides Illinois companies with both the high-skilled and low-skilled talent they need, and allows the integration of immigrants into our economy as consumers, workers, entrepreneurs and citizens. For more information please visit www.illinoisbic.biz 

112 CEOs Back BRIDGE ACT

Dear President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi:

WE, the undersigned, urge you to support the BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy) Act, introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Congressmen Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), which provides a clean, legislative solution for 750,000 Dreamers who earned work permits and temporary relief from deportation under DACA - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

The bipartisan legislation provides a clean pathway for roughly 750,000 young people who have DACA to keep living, working and paying taxes in the United States.

If passed, teachers, nurses, engineers and entrepreneurs will continue to work, create jobs, pay taxes, buy homes, and contribute to our economy and country.

DACA has allowed Dreamers to work in every industry and at nearly every single major company in America. Six percent of DACA recipients have also launched businesses that employ native-born American citizens. Almost 55 percent of DACA recipients have purchased a vehicle, and more than one in ten — or 12 percent — have purchased their first home. 

Without Congressional action, it’s likely that these young people, who have known no other home, would be deported to a country that is unfamiliar to them. Removing 750,000 people from the workforce in a single day would cost $433.4 billion in GDP loss over a decade. 

Recipients are heavily vetted – to qualify for BRIDGE, like DACA, young immigrants must pass a rigorous background check and screening. In addition to growing our tax base, they strengthen our national security. BRIDGE is economically important, morally right, politically smart and will strengthen our national security. 

We hope members in both parties and President Elect Trump will support this critical legislation. DACA-recipients are proof that when undocumented immigrants are brought out of the shadows and legally enter the workforce, they contribute even more to our nation by paying taxes, purchasing homes and strengthening public safety and national security. 

We commit to working with you to modernize our immigration system that secures the nation, upholds our constitution, protects immigrant workers, and creates an economy that works for all Americans.

Sincerely Yours,

John Rowe Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Chairman Emeritus, Exelon Corporation Chicago, Illinois
Samuel C. Scott III, Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Former Chief Executive Officer, Ingredion Incorporated Chairman, Chicago Sister Cities International Program Chicago, Illinois
Michael "Mike" B. Fernandez Chairman, MBF Healthcare Partners Coral Gables, Florida
Alex Rodriguez "A-ROD" Former Major League Baseball Player
Laurans A. Mendelson CEO, HEICO Hollywood, Florida
Carole Browe Segal Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Co-founder, Crate and Barrel Chicago, Illinois
Jorge Benitez CEO, Accenture North America, Retired Miami, Illinois
Glenn Tilton Retired Chairman and CEO, United Airlines Chicago, Illinois
Barbara Grogan Founder and former CEO, Western Industrial Contractors Trustee, Metropolitan State University of Denver Board of Trustees Denver, Colorado
Dan Ritchie Chairman, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Chairman Emeritus, University of Denver Denver, Colorado
Kelly Brough CEO, Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Denver, Colorado
Mark Cordova CEO, Centenial Bolt Denver CEO, Cordova Bolt LA Denver, Colorado
Michael Kaplan President & CEO, Aspen Skiing Company Aspen, Colorado
Bill Kunkler Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Executive Vice President, CC Industries Chicago, Illinois
Susan Crown Chairman & Founder of Susan Crown Exchange Inc. Chicago, Illinois
Joe Arriola Chairman, Jackson Health Trust Miami, Florida
Alan Potamkin Co-Chairman, The Potamkin Companies Miami, Florida
Ron Gidwitz CEO, GCG Partners Chicago, Illinois
Craig Duchossois CEO, The Duchossois Group Elmhurst, Illinois
Dr. Bryan Traubert Chairman,The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation (PTFF) Chicago, Illinois
Florentino Herran CEO, Sedanos Supermarkets Miami, Florida
Dr. Eduardo Padron President, Miami Dade College Miami, Florida
Dr. Julio Frenk President, University of Miami Miami, Florida
Sergio Pino CEO, Century Homebuilders Group Miami, Florida
JB Pritzker, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Pritzker Group Chicago, Illinois  
Vance Aloupis CEO, The Children’s Movement of Florida Miami, Florida
Mario Murgado CEO, Brickell Motors Miami, Florida
David Lawrence CEO, The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation Miami, Florida
Carlos Saladrigas Chairman, The Regis Group Inc. Miami, Florida
Mark Rosenberg President, Florida International University Miami, Florida
Dave Bender Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Executive Director, American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois Lincoln, Illinois
Todd Maisch Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition President & CEO, Illinois Chamber of Commerce Springfield, Illinois
Raul Raymundo Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition CEO, The Resurrection Project Chicago, Illinois
Joshua Hoyt Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Executive Director, National Partnership for New Americans Chicago, Illinois
John L. Anderson Former President, Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, Illinois
John Atkinson Managing Partner, Willis Towers Watson Chicago, Illinois
Doug Baker President, Northern Illinois University DeKalb, Illinois Norman R. Bobins
Norman Bobins Consulting LLC Chicago, Illinois
John Bucksbaum CEO, Bucksbaum Retail Properties, LLC Chicago, Illinois
Donna M. Carroll President, Dominican University River Forest, Illinois
Martin R. Castro President, Castro Synergies, LLC River Forest, Illinois
Alan Channing President & CEO, Sinai Health System Chicago, Illinois
Dan Costello CEO, Home Run Inn Restaurant Group Chicago, Illinois
Alan W. Cramb President, Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, Illinois
Tom Cross Former Republican Minority Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives Aurora, Illinois
Father Brendan Curran Catholic Businesses for Immigration Reform Chicago, Illinois
Omar Duque President & CEO, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Chicago, Illinois
Robert Easter Former President, University of Illinois Urbana, Illinois
Hon. Jim Edgar Former Governor, State of Illinois Springfield, Illinois
Ezequiel Flores CEO, Flying Food Retail LLC Chicago, Illinois
Juan Gaytan CEO, Monterrey Security Chicago, Illinois
Christopher Gladwin CEO & Founder, Cleversafe Chicago, Illinois
Marc J. Gordon President & CEO, Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association Chicago, Illinois
Mark Harris President & CEO, Illinois Science & Technology Coalition Chicago, Illinois
Ed Hoch President of the Illinois Technology Association Chicago, Illinois
Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider President, DePaul University Chicago, Illinois
Terry Howerton, Founder, TechNexus Chicago, Illinois
Maria Christopoulos Katris CEO, Built In Chicago, Illinois
Christopher G. Kennedy Chairman, Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc. Chicago, Illinois
Timothy L. Killeen President, University of Illinois Urbana, Illinois
Senator Billy Lawless Owner, The Gage and Henri Chicago, Illinois
Ken Lehman Managing Partner, KKP Group, LLC Evanston, Illinois
Patrick M. Magoon President & CEO, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Chicago, Illinois
Barry MacLean President & CEO of MacLean-Fogg Company Mundelein, Illinois
Anna Morzy President, Polish American Chamber of Commerce Chicago, Illinois
Clare Muñana President, Ancora Associates, Inc. Chicago, Illinois
Juan Ochoa President, Miramar Group Riverside, Illinois
Maureen Pikarski Partner, Gordon & Pikarski Chicago, Illinois
Jose Luis Prado CEO, Evans Food Chicago, Illinois
Rich Guebert, Jr. President, Illinois Farm Bureau Bloomington, Illinois
Ken Raskin Chairman of the Illinois Restaurant Association and owner of Manny's Deli Chicago, Illinois
Ellen Rudnick Senior Advisor on Entrepreneurship & Adjunct Professor, The University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois
Jesse Ruiz Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP Chicago, Illinois
Michael Sacks Chairman & CEO, Grosvenor Capital Management Chicago, Illinois
Jos Saldana President & CEO, Biba Global Chicago, Illinois
Sam Sanchez CEO of SamCo Partners Chicago, Illinois
Byron Spruell Vice Chairman and Chicago Managing Principal for Deloitte LLP Chicago, Illinois
Scott C. Swanson Regional President, PNC Bank Chicago, Illinois
Karen Teitelbaum President & CEO, Sinai Health Chicago, Illinois
Sam Toia President, Illinois Restaurant Association Chicago, Illinois
William Von Hoene Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Exelon Corporation Chicago, Illinois
Edward J. Wehmer President & CEO of Wintrust Financial Corporation Rosemont, Illinois
Maryjane A. Wurth President & CEO, Illinois Hospital Association Naperville, Illinois
Jaime di Paulo Executive Director, Little Village Chamber of Commerce Chicago, Illinois
Hedy Ratner Co-Founder, Women’s Business Development Center Chicago, Illinois
Cyril Regan President Chicago Irish Immigrant Support Chicago, Illinois
Frederick Waddell President & CEO, Northern Trust Corporation Chicago, Illinois
Sergio Suarez President, North American Institute for Mexican Advancement Melrose Park, Illinois
A.J. Wilhelmi President & CEO, Illinois Health and Hospital Association Naperville, Illinois
Doug L. Whitley Former President & CEO, Illinois Chamber of Commerce Chicago, Illinois
David Miller Executive Director, Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise Denver, Colorado
Mike Ferrufino President & CEO, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver Denver, Colorado
Antonio Argiz Chairman and CEO, MBAF Miami, Florida
Christine Cikowski Executive Chef and Managing Partner, Honey Butter Fried Chicken Chicago, Illinois
Sarah Pang Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, CNA Financial Corporation Chicago, Illinois
Craig Freedman, President and CEO, Freedman Seating Company
Marisela Rosales Lawson, Founding partner, Sagence, Inc., Chicago, Illinois
Tom Hurvis, Founder and Chairman, Old World Industries, LLC, Northbrook, Illinois
James Cryan, Founder and CEO, Rocky Mountain Prep, Denver and Aurora, Colorado
Rob Lowe, CEO, Wellspring Worldwide, Chicago, Illinois
Jessica Droste Yagan, CEO, Impact Engine, Chicago, Illinois
Sam Yagan, CEO, ShopRunner, Inc., Chicago, Illinois
Kal Mahmood, President, Old World Industries, Inc., Northbrook, Illinois
Samir Mayekar, CEO, SiNode Systems, Chicago, Illinois
Martin P. Slark, Vice Chairman and CEO, Molex, LLC, Lisle, Illinois
Michael Polsky, Founder & CEO, Invenergy, Chicago, Illinois

Illinois Leaders Push for Immigration Reform in Belvidere
Business, education, faith and law enforcement leaders joined for a solutions-oriented discussion on immigration in Belvidere. Participants included Dr. Doug Baker, President, Northern Illinois University, Joe Sosnowski, State Representative, Illinois’ 69th District, Harry Alten, Chairman, Illinois Specialty Growers Association, Ben Taylor, Director, US Chamber of Commerce–Great Lakes Region, and Irakere Picon, undocumented law student, Northern Illinois University. 

Read the full coverage here:

Rockford Register Star
NIU Today
NIU Hosts Education, Biz, Faith Leaders Making Case For Reform

At the Northern Illinois University - Naperville campus, the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition joined Doug Baker, NIU President; Manny Sanchez, Former NIU Trustee and Managing Partner at Sanchez, Daniels & Hoffman; Billy Lawless, Executive Committee Board Member of the Illinois Restaurant Association; Emily Gray, Executive Director of World Relief DuPage/Aurora. 

Read about the coverage here:
Chicago Tribune
Naperville Sun
NIU Today 

Bloomington Biz & Faith Leaders Support Immigration Reform

The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition hosted an immigration roundtable at the  McLean Chamber of Commerce with speakers from the business and faith community highlighting why McLean County and Illinois economy as a whole need common sense immigration reform.

Farmweek
Pantagraph 
WJBC (Radio)
The Catholic Post
Hispanic Business

Springfield Immigration Roundtable - Biz, Faith Law Enforcement
Leaders

The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition members, law enforcement and faith leaders at the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce to call on the Illinois House delegation to demonstrate leadership and support common sense immigration reform. 

Read the full coverage here:

WICS (ABC TV Affiliate)
WNIJ (NPR Affiliate)

 

Small Biz Leaders' Press Call On House GOP Leadership

Small and medium business leaders joined a press call to express disappointment  of House Republican leadership on their immigration plan.Call participants included: IBIC Co-Chair, Dave Bender; President & CEO of Naperville Chamber of Commerce, Mike Evans; President & CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Omar Duque; President of Ace Industries & Chairman of Illinois Manufacturers' Association, Mike Holewinski. 

Read about the coverage of the press call:
Alton Daily News
Naperville Sun
Aurora Beacon
Progress Illinois

Jim Edgar, biz execs urge Mark Kirk to back immigration bill

Top CEOs Release Urgent Call for Leadership on Immigration from Illinois Senators.

Read the full article at the Chicago Sun Times.

The Illinois Science & Technology Coalition Calls For Common Sense
Immigration Reform

The Illinois economy needs the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math provisions in immigration reform to remain competitive globally...

Read the full article at Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois CEOs, pushing immigration, turn up the heat on
D.C. delegation

Immigration reform is shaping up to be the focus of the most serious congressional lobbying effort by Illinois business leaders in years....

Read the full article at Crain's Chicago Business.

IBIC Steering Committee member Rachel Bronson promotes
common sense reform in Ohio

IBIC Steering Committee member Rachel Bronson, VP at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, promotes common sense reform in Ohio.

Cleveland.com: Immigration reform expected to boost Midwest cities like Cleveland

Cleveland.com: Greater Cleveland needs to re-establish itself as an immigrant magnet: editorial

IBIC Launch in the news

Read coverage of the launch event for the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, Co-Hosted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and IBIC Steering Committee Member Doug Oberhelman, Chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc.

Launch Coverage

Univision National (Viviana Avila package): Surgen nuevas voces de apoyo para una reforma migratoria

Hispanically Speaking News: While Rubio Pauses on Immigration Chicago Unites to Push for Immigration Reform

HOY: Empresarios apoyan una reforma migratoria

Chicago Tribune: Caterpillar CEO: Immigrant employees key to helping U.S. compete

Bloomberg: Caterpillar CEO Says Visa Reform Needed to Ease Workforce Gaps

Associated Press: Illinois businesses push immigration reform

FOX TV Chicago: Illinois businesses push 'common-sense' immigration reform

Southtown Star (published AP wire): Business leaders join forces to push for immigration reform

Crain's Business (published AP wire): Illinois businesses push 'common-sense' immigration reform

State Journal Register (published AP wire): Illinois businesses push immigration reform

Chicago Daily Herald (published AP wire): Illinois business coalition pushes immigration reform

Washington Examiner (published AP wire): Illinois businesses push immigration reform

Peoria Journal Star (published AP wire): Illinois businesses push immigration reform

Progress Illinois (published AP wire): Illinois Business Coalition Calls For 'Common Sense' Immigration Reform

SF Gate: Illinois businesses push immigration reform

FOX Illinois: Business Leaders Push For Immigration Reform

eNews Park Forest: Mayor Rahm Emanuel Joins Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman To Launch Illinois Business Immigration Coalition
IBIC Co-Chair John Rowe Makes Business Argument for Immigration
Reform on Chicago Tonight Interview
IBIC In the 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
 Local small business leaders decry GOP immigration plan
 Illinois immigration reform advocates to U.S. House GOP Leadership: Take up the Senate bill 
 Wall-Street Journal: Businesses Press House To Pass Immigration Provisions 
Alton Daily News: Public Policy Poll Reveals Strong Support For Immigration Reform
Immigration Reform is Urgently Needed In STEM Industry
Illinois Restauranteur Orders Up Immigration Reform
Chicago Tribune Op-Ed: Immigration reform a boon for business
Illinois Chamber of Commerce: Illinois, The Nation needs Common Sense Immigration Reform
NegociosNow.com:  Empresarios crean coalición pro-inmigrante
IBIC Co-Chair John Rowe: Immigration System "defies American values of hard work and fairness, and it is economically stupid."
Illinois Manufacturers' Association President's Report: The re-awakening of the American Dream (.pdf)
DePaul Newsline: DePaul, other universities and businesses form new coalition pushing immigration reform
Street Insider: Illinois Technology Association (ITA) Announces Appointment of Sarah Habansky to the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition
Stockhouse: Illinois Technology Association (ITA) Announces Appointment of Sarah Habansky to the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition
FarmWeek: Illinois business coalition seeks wide-ranging solutions (.pdf)
 IBIC Member Doug Oberhelman, Chairman and CEO of Caterpillar, Inc., touts immigration at transportation conference
 Crain's Chicago Business Op-Ed: IBIC Co-Chair John Rowe On the Business and Moral Argument for Common Sense Immigration Reform
 Chicago Sun-Times: IBIC Co-Chair John Rowe Speaks at Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) Symposium
 Chicago Sun-Times: IBIC Steering Committee Member Greg Brown Meets with President Obama on Common Sense Immigration Reform

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