- Freeport murder suspect Damon Dixson taken into custody in Rockford
- Local gas station employee arrested for selling liquor to minor
- Renewable Fuel Standard delay ‘a mixed blessing,’ Bustos says
- Rockford delegation presents inaugural ‘Rockford Award’ to Norwegian Air
- Education in Illinois making slow progress, according to report
- Illinois GOP Congressional delegation: Obama’s immigration plan undermines rule of law
- Suspect, 17, charged in Halloween hit-and-run in Roscoe
- Saint Anthony College of Nursing president to retire
- Man found guilty in deadly August 2013 crash at Mulford and Garrett Lane
- ‘The Price is Right Live!’ at Coronado March 1; tickets on sale Nov. 21
Illinois officials show leadership on immigration reform
As I experienced as chairman of the DuPage County Board, being a leader often means making unpopular short-term decisions for the long-term public good. That is why I was particularly pleased to hear about The Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ bipartisan discussion featuring Republicans Adam Kinzinger and Mark Kirk and Democrats Luis Gutierrez and Rahm Emanuel, who jointly expressed their bipartisan support for immigration reform.
Illinois deserves leaders who make the tough choices to improve our fiscal condition, foster innovation, expand our economy and create jobs. There is broad bipartisan agreement among business groups and voters that commonsense immigration reform will help us meet those goals. As Congressman Kinzinger said, “A growing economy — an economy with new people — is how we’re going to be strong into the future.”
Of course, as each of the panelists affirmed, we have to make getting U.S. citizens back to work a priority, but the reality is that we also need smart immigration policies to fill jobs that are not filled by natural-born citizens. I, therefore, thank Congressman Kinzinger for his courage to work across the aisle on immigration reform, and I encourage leaders throughout the state to do the same.
From the March 19-25, 2014, issue