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President Trump signed an executive order today that keeps the “zero tolerance” immigration policy in place, but stops children from being taken from their families at the border.

Congressman Darin LaHood says separating families was never a long-term solution and was happy to see the president end it.

A congressman representing a large portion of downstate Illinois will be listening closely to President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight.

Durbin Seeks Immigration Reform

Aug 25, 2017

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin hopes the recent detention of a women protected under the DACA program will spur Congress to act on comprehensive immigration reform.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

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 Mon.

“With a comprehensive immigration policy, which has been lacking for years and years and years, it needs to be overhauled. And in order to achieve economic security, we’re going to have to have a plan," Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Co-Chair Dave Bender said. 

Duckworth Responds to Kirk Ads

Sep 19, 2016

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is hitting back against ads from her Republican opponent for Illinois’ U.S. Senate seat.  In one ad, incumbent Senator Mark Kirk tries to distance himself from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump by speaking Spanish.  Duckworth today dismissed it.

Illinois' top Republicans are calling for comprehensive immigration reform, but there have been few details about what that would entail.

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago says a federal judge's ruling temporarily blocking President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration will delay but won't deter efforts at reform.

President Barack Obama will be returning to his hometown of Chicago to tout his executive action on immigration.

Hope for undocumented residents

Nov 20, 2014

Thursday night's announcement by President Barack Obama is expected to affect more than 500,000 people living in the shadows in Illinois. Illinois Public Radio's Yolanda Perdomo reports on one man's life.

"This is my yard where I keep all my construction trailers and scaffold and trucks. This is a mixer that mixes the mortar. Wheelbarrows and mud stands. Cinder blocks over here."

Latinos remain concerned about immigration reform

Nov 5, 2014

Illinois’ Democratic U.S. Senator was re-elected. But Latinos are still concerned about immigration reform, which was tabled until after the election.

Quinn and Rauner face off in final debate

Oct 21, 2014

The debate portion of the Illinois governor’s race is over. The last debate gives voters a little clarity.

A couple dozen undocumented immigrants and their allies rallied in Springfield today outside a county jail where arrested immigrants are being held.  The group called on President Barack Obama issue an executive order to make changes, as the issue stalls in Congress.

Sec. of Agriculture urges passage of immigration reform

Aug 27, 2013

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture is calling on lawmakers to approve comprehensive immigration reform when they return to Washington next month. Tom Vilsack says doing nothing could negatively impact the agriculture sector, its workforce, and rural communities.

Ag Secretary Vilsack weighs-in on immigration reform

Aug 13, 2013

Comprehensive immigration reform is critical to sustaining the Midwest's role as a global leader in agriculture.

Tanya Koonce / WCBU

  Illinois Senator Dick Durbin toured Caterpillar’s Visitor's Center with the company’s CEO touting the merits of the Senate-passed immigration reform bill. Durbin says the bill will have a dramatic impact on economic growth in the country, offering companies like Caterpillar, ADM and Kraft the opportunity for more skilled labor workers. But he says it's also not an easy path to becoming a citizen: 

About 50 people marched around downtown Peoria Wednesday in support of comprehensive immigration reform. Illinois People’s Action organized the event as part of a national day of action. Similar events are taking place around the U.S.

Gay rights groups weighing in on immigration reform

Apr 24, 2013

Some Illinois gay rights groups are now applying their own political pressure in the fight to overhaul the nation’s immigration system. IPR’S Alex Keefe reports.

Bi-partisan cooperation was the order of the day as Chicago Congressman Luis Gutierrez and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan plugged their immigration reform ideas at a downtown luncheon on Monday.

Edgar joins call for immigration reform

Apr 2, 2013

  Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar says it’s time for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.  Edgar, who’s a Republican, is now with the University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs.  He recently joined a new group called the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition. Its members include Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman and the president of the U of I. Edgar says it should be easier for people living in the country illegally to gain their citizenship, especially if they’ve contributed to society, avoided criminal activity, and found a job.

U-S Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois says lawmakers continue to make headway on immigration reform.Durbin is part of a bipartisan group of eight Senators developing a national immigration plan. As a guest on Fox News Sunday, the number two Democrat in the Senate said the group is still working through a number of difficult issues.