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Illegal Immigrants

An example of a temporary visitor's driver's license for Illinois.  (Credit: Secretary of States)

1,200 Immigrants Get Illinois Drivers’ Licenses

Immigrants can currently take license tests at 14 locations across the state. Secretary of States spokesman Dave Druker says 36 locations will offer license tests by the end of the month.

01/15/2014

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Protesters Block Michigan Avenue, Call For End To Deportations

A dozen protesters chained themselves together and lay down in the middle of South Michigan Avenue on Wednesday, calling for an end to deportations of illegal immigrants.

05/29/2013

A new Illinois law would allow undocumented immigrants to get a Temporary Visitor Driver's License like this one, but some immigrant groups worry that, because the license has a different color than standard licenses, police would immediately know a person with such a license is in the U.S. illegally. (Photo courtesy Illinois Secretary of State)

House Passes Bill Allowing Driver’s Licenses For Illegal Immigrants

Illinois moved a step closer Tuesday to becoming the next state to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses after House lawmakers approved a bill requiring one-year proof of state residency, form of identification and a photograph.

01/08/2013

A new Illinois law would allow undocumented immigrants to get a Temporary Visitor Driver's License like this one, but some immigrant groups worry that, because the license has a different color than standard licenses, police would immediately know a person with such a license is in the U.S. illegally. (Photo courtesy Illinois Secretary of State)

Immigrant Licenses Advance Despite Fraud Concerns

A proposal to issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants received House committee approval Monday, despite concerns by both Democrats and Republicans whether it goes far enough to prevent fraud.

01/07/2013

A new Illinois law would allow undocumented immigrants to get a Temporary Visitor Driver's License like this one, but some immigrant groups worry that, because the license has a different color than standard licenses, police would immediately know a person with such a license is in the U.S. illegally. (Photo courtesy Illinois Secretary of State)

Immigrant Groups Divided Over Temporary Driver’s License Plan

It’s a hot button issue: should undocumented immigrants be allowed to get driver’s licenses? Even leaders in Chicago’s Latino community are divided on a measure that would grant undocumented immigrants temporary licenses.

CBS Chicago–12/05/2012

Illinois State Senate

State Senate OKs Driver’s Licenses For Illegal Immigrants

A plan that would allow illegal immigrants in Illinois to get driver’s licenses cleared another hurdle Tuesday, with the state Senate approving the measure hours after Republican leaders in the General Assembly offered their support and said they’ve been working with Democrats on the issue for years.

12/04/2012

State Senate Panel OKs Licenses For Illegal Immigrants

The Senate Executive Committee voted 12-2 to advance the plan.

11/29/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Group Renewing Push For Driver’s Licenses For Illegal Immigrants

Supporters of a plan to let illegal immigrants get Illinois drivers’ licenses hope last week’s election results will finally make it happen.

11/13/2012

City Council Chambers

Ordinance Protects Undocumented Immigrants From Unfair Deportation

The Chicago City Council has given final approval to an ordinance protecting undocumented immigrants from being unfairly detained or deported.

WBBM Newsradio–09/13/2012

Some Crete residents balk at the idea of an immigrant detention center proposed for their village. (CBS)

Village Of Crete Calls Off Plans For Immigrant Detention Center

The possibility of a federal detention center being built in south suburban Crete is off the table.

CBS Chicago–06/12/2012

An immigration rights activist is arrested outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in the South Loop, after refusing to stop blocking the entrance to the building. A total of four protesters were arrested during the rally. (Credit: CBS)

4 Arrested During Immigration Rights Rally In South Loop

The NATO delegates haven’t arrived in Chicago for the weekend’s summit yet, but the protesters have already been busy for two days, and at least 12 protesters have been arrested in that time.

CBS Chicago–05/15/2012

Some Crete residents balk at the idea of an immigrant detention center proposed for their village. (CBS)

Opponents Ramp Up Campaign Against Crete Immigrant Detention Center

Opponents are ramping up their campaign against a proposed detention center for illegal immigrants to be built in south suburban Crete.

CBS Chicago–04/23/2012

Jail/Prison

Immigration Officials Arrest 3,100 In Nationwide Sweep

Dozens of illegal immigrants who had been convicted of serious crimes – or were otherwise considered fugitives or threats to national security – have been arrested in the Chicago area as part of a nationwide sweep that captured approximately 3,100 immigrants.

CBS Chicago–04/02/2012

Some Crete residents balk at the idea of an immigrant detention center proposed for their village. (CBS)

Detention Center Opponents Finish 48-Hour March To Crete

Opponents of a proposed immigration detention center in far south suburban Crete were out in force Sunday, in the final day of a 48-hour opposition walk.

CBS Chicago–04/02/2012

Some Crete residents balk at the idea of an immigrant detention center proposed for their village. (CBS)

Little Village Church Members To March Against Immigrant Detention Center

Members of a small Little Village neighborhood church are hoping civil libertarians will join them for a three-day march to protest a new immigration detention center planned for far south suburban Crete.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2012

Some Crete residents balk at the idea of an immigrant detention center proposed for their village. (CBS)

Crete Resident: Village Would ‘Basically Die’ If Detention Center Opens

There are some sharp lines drawn in south suburban Crete, where a private prison corporation plans to build a detention facility for the immigration service.

CBS Chicago–03/14/2012

Cook County Jail

County Board To Discuss Policy On Illegal Immigrants In Jail

Expect heated debate on immigration issues at a Cook County Board hearing Thursday morning.

CBS Chicago–02/09/2012

Cook County government seal (CBS)

Cook County To Re-Evaluate Policy Of Releasing Illegal Immigrants

Cook County commissioners voted Wednesday to hold a hearing on the contentious issue of whether to keep suspected illegal immigrants behind bars while federal authorities check their immigration status.

CBS Chicago–01/19/2012

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

Preckwinkle Slams Critics Of County Policy On Detaining Immigrants

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle lashed out Thursday at critics of a county ordinance that some have blamed for allowing an illegal immigrant to flee the country after he was released on bond in a fatal drunk driving case.

CBS Chicago–01/12/2012

Cook County Jail

County To Free Illegal Immigrants Being Held On Minor Charges

Immigrant rights activists won a victory in Cook County Wednesday, as the County Board agreed to free illegal immigrants being held on lesser charges.

CBS Chicago–09/08/2011

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