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Undocumented Immigrants

U.S. President Barack Obama announces executive actions on U.S. immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House, November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama outlined a plan on Thursday to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants. (Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images)

Obama Expected In Chicago To Talk Immigration

President Barack Obama is expected in Chicago to discuss his executive actions that could extend legal protection to as many as 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

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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)

Activists Angry With Slow Pace Of Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants

Some immigrants’ rights groups are upset about how long it takes for undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses in Illinois, under a program that started one year ago.

10/24/2014

U.S. Army fatigues. (Photo credit: YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Senate Panel Explores Allowing Undocumented Immigrants To Serve In Military

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Illinois) was among those attending the hearing at Phoenix Military Academy on the Near West Side. He said it’s unconscionable that young people who have lived in the U.S. almost their entire lives cannot enlist in the armed forces.

05/19/2014

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Landscaping Company Owner Questions Americans’ Work Ethic

A local landscaper who refuses to hire undocumented workers said she has been having a hard time finding Americans willing to do the job on a day-to-day basis, so she’s resorted to sticking magnetic “Help Wanted” signs on her trucks.

05/06/2014

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

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

Undocumented In Illinois Can Apply For Driver’s License

The Illinois Secretary of State’s office is gearing up to begin approving drivers’ licenses for undocumented immigrants.

10/29/2013

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)

Illinois Getting Ready To Issue Driver’s Licenses To Undocumented Immigrants

The state is planning a massive effort that to give thousands of undocumented immigrants driver’s licenses, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

10/08/2013

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City To Train School Counselors On College Benefits For Undocumented Immigrants

The city is holding two days of training for CPS guidance counselors, college advisers, and other employees about the Illinois DREAM Act, scholarship programs, and other initiatives for young immigrants.

08/01/2013

Immigrant groups and their supporters stage a protest rally. (Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Activists Protest Deportations, As Immigrants Released Amid Budget Cuts

In west suburban Broadview, a weekly protest and prayer vigil outside the federal immigration detention center took on added significance Friday morning.

03/01/2013

A sample temporary visitor driver's license. (Credit: Illinois Secretary of State's Officer)

Quinn Signs Driver’s License Law For Immigrants

Governor Quinn has signed a new law that allows undocumented immigrants the right to obtain a drivers license.

01/27/2013

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

File photo of cars on a Chicago area highway (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Emanuel, Aldermen Urge State To Allow Driver’s Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and several key aldermen are backing a proposal in the state legislature to offer driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.

11/16/2012

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

Illegal immigrants begin to form a line in order to apply for special status, allowing them to work and live here legally. (CBS)

Young Illegal Immigrants Head To Navy Pier For Help Getting Work Permits

Wednesday will be a day of historic proportions, as thousands of young people who were brought into the country illegally get the opportunity to apply to live and work in the United States legally.

CBS Chicago–08/15/2012

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (left) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) discuss a proposed ordinance to limit when Chicago police can detain a person due to their immigration status. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Pushes New Limits On Detaining Undocumented Immigrants

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday outlined a proposed ordinance he hopes will reinforce Chicago’s reputation as an “immigrant friendly” city.

07/10/2012

Hospital Bed Generic

Woman Hospitalized Amid Hunger Strike To Demand Medical Care For Immigrants

A 54-year old woman who is on a hunger strike was rushed to Mt. Sinai Hospital on Monday, after complaining of abdominal pain and chills.

WBBM Newsradio–06/11/2012

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