immigration reform http://peoriapublicradio.org en Sec. of Agriculture urges passage of immigration reform http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/sec-agriculture-urges-passage-immigration-reform <div>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.</div><div> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 18:45:17 +0000 Denise Molina-Weiger 11030 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Sec. of Agriculture urges passage of immigration reform Ag Secretary Vilsack weighs-in on immigration reform http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/ag-secretary-vilsack-weighs-immigration-reform <p></p><div>Comprehensive immigration reform is critical to sustaining the Midwest's role as a global leader in agriculture.</div><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:55:33 +0000 Alex Rusciano 10334 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Ag Secretary Vilsack weighs-in on immigration reform Durbin touts Senate-backed immigration reform bill http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/durbin-touts-senate-backed-immigration-reform-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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:&nbsp;</span></p><div> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 17:38:24 +0000 Tanya Koonce 10126 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Durbin touts Senate-backed immigration reform bill Rally for immigration reform held in front of federal court house http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/rally-immigration-reform-held-front-federal-court-house <p></p><div>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.</div><div> Wed, 01 May 2013 19:33:39 +0000 Denise Molina 4902 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Rally for immigration reform held in front of federal court house Gay rights groups weighing in on immigration reform http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/gay-rights-groups-weighing-immigration-reform <p></p><div>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.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 11:56:36 +0000 Denise Molina 4492 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Edgar joins call for immigration reform http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/edgar-joins-call-immigration-reform <p></p><div>&nbsp;&nbsp;Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar says it’s time for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. &nbsp;Edgar, who’s a Republican, is now with the University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs. &nbsp;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.</div><p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 23:52:14 +0000 Alex Rusciano 3398 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Edgar joins call for immigration reform Senator Durbin weighs-in on immigration reform http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/senator-durbin-weighs-immigration-reform <p></p><div>U-S Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois says lawmakers continue to make headway on immigration reform.</div><div>Durbin is part of a bipartisan group of eight Senators developing a national immigration plan.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></div><div> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:04:16 +0000 2600 at http://peoriapublicradio.org