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Illinois Path to Granting Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Took 15-Years

Illinois Path to Granting Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Took 15-Years

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a measure that will allow driver's licenses to be issued to some 250,000 undomumented immigrants. continue reading »

Mexican Man Brings Fresh Juice Concept to Chicago Commuters

Mexican Man Brings Fresh Juice Concept to Chicago Commuters

The Mexican Jose Torres arrived in the United States undocumented and unable to speak English, but after 15 years he is an outstanding student, works in the Chicago Archdiocese and is getting ready to open a second store for selling juices and natural foods in another of the city's train stations. continue reading »

Hundreds March in Chicago Demanding End to Deportations

Hundreds March in Chicago Demanding End to Deportations

Hundreds of people braved Chicago's cold winter weather Monday to go into the streets to demand of Barack Obama, on the day of the president's second inauguration, that he immediately decree a moratorium on deportations. continue reading »

Chicago Police Seize Over 400 Guns in First Three Weeks of the Year

Chicago Police Seize Over 400 Guns in First Three Weeks of the Year

Today, Chicago Police announced nearly 450 deadly firearms have been taken off the streets to date. continue reading »

Immigrant Advocates Hold Inauguration Day March to Stop Deportations

Immigrant Advocates Hold Inauguration Day March to Stop Deportations

On January 21st, Inauguration day and Martin Luther King Day, families of those recently targeted in immigration raids are calling for a March and rally for a moratorium on deportations in Chicago. continue reading »

Congressman Luis Gutierrez to Speak on Immigration at Inauguration Event

Congressman Luis Gutierrez to Speak on Immigration at Inauguration Event

Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez will speak at an event on Saturday, January 19 at the Organization of American States in Washington as part of the Latino Inaugural 2013 activities. The Congressman will deliver an address about the prospects for immigration reform in 2013 continue reading »

Latino Blotter: Chicagoan Arrested for 3 Felonies - Including Cruelty to Exes Cat

Latino Blotter: Chicagoan Arrested for 3 Felonies - Including Cruelty to Exes Cat

On January 14, 2013 offender Miguel Vazquez kicked open the front door to the victim's (his ex-girlfriend) residence/apartment located in the 4200 block of N Kenmore. Without permission, Vazquez entered the residence and proceeded to damage the victim's property. continue reading »

inPERU Road Show arrives in Chicago to Highlight Opportunities in Peru

inPERU Road Show arrives in Chicago to Highlight Opportunities in Peru

Fresh off of successful road shows in London and Hong Kong, inPERU, a non-profit association made up of government and financial entities whose main goal is to promote investment opportunities in Peru, continues its U.S. tour. On Wednesday, Jan. 30, the inPERU Road Show arrives in Chicago for its second stop in its US three-city tour – including stops in New York City and San Francisco continue reading »

Monarch Butterfly Used as Symbol for Immigration in Chicago Art Exhibit

Monarch Butterfly Used as Symbol for Immigration in Chicago Art Exhibit

"Viajeras" (Travelers), an art exhibit that will open here this week, tries to make a connection between the long southbound migrations of Monarch butterflies to their winter home in Mexico and the Mexican immigrants w continue reading »

Illinois Bishops Welcome Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented in State

Illinois Bishops Welcome Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented in State

The Catholic Conference of Illinois has welcomed the legislative passage of a measure permitting immigrants who are not present in the United States legally to apply for temporary driver’s licenses. continue reading »

Rep. Gutierrez Hires “Deferred Action” Recipient for Chicago Office

Rep. Gutierrez Hires “Deferred Action” Recipient for Chicago Office

Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) announced the hiring of José M. Quintero as an employee in his District Office on North Avenue in Chicago. Quintero was the first young immigrant in Illinois to receive work authorization via Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the deportation-relief offered by President Obama to immigrants eligible for the DREAM Act continue reading »

Latino Blotter:  Former Chicago Cop and Latin King Members Sentenced on Racketeering Charges

Latino Blotter:  Former Chicago Cop and Latin King Members Sentenced on Racketeering Charges

A former Chicago Police officer and two members of the Latin Kings street gang were sentenced this week in Indiana to serve prison time for their roles in a racketeering continue reading »

Illinois Legislature Votes to License all Drivers in the State

Illinois Legislature Votes to License all Drivers in the State

On Tuesday, the Illinois legislature passed a bill to allow state residents without legal status to obtain a three-year renewable driver’s license. The law will create tens if not hundreds of thousands of newly licensed drivers. continue reading »

Rep. Luis Gutierrez:  Statement on Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

Rep. Luis Gutierrez:  Statement on Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

Today, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) praised his home state of Illinois for passing SB957, a bill that will allow the State of Illinois to issue Temporary Visitor Driver’s Licenses to immigrants, even if they are undocumented immigrants in the United States. The Illinois Highway Safety and Mandatory Insurance for All Bill passed the State House of Representatives and is expected to be signed by Gov. Patrick Quinn. continue reading »

JUST IN: Illinois House Passes Drivers Licenses for Undocumented, Gov Expected to Sign into Law

JUST IN: Illinois House Passes Drivers Licenses for Undocumented, Gov Expected to Sign into Law

A bill to authorize driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants in Illinois has passed the State House by a 65-46 margin. The legislation that requires Governor Pat Quinn signature will give the undocumented three-year state drivers licenses. continue reading »