CHICAGO - A U.S. Army veteran from Mexico with a felony drug conviction has taken his deportation case to a federal appeals court.

Miguel Perez Jr. came to the country legally. He joined the Army in 2001 and served two tours in Afghanistan.

However, the 39-year-old faces deportation because of the drug case. He's been in custody at a Wisconsin detention facility since he was released from prison in 2016.

His case was argued Wednesday before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It's unclear when the judges will rule.

Members of the state's largest immigrant rights group say they're boosting efforts to preserve a federal program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

University of Illinois officials say they can't provide legal help to students affected by changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program but that they'll try to connect them with lawyers.

Illinois is among 15 states suing to block President Donald Trump's plan to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

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The Illinois House approved a measure that would prohibit local law enforcement agencies independently from enforcing federal civil immigration laws. 

Chicago's City Council has voted to create a municipal ID card for people living in the U.S. illegally and other city residents.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel asserted the ID will help bring people out of the shadows and allow them to get on with their lives.

CHICAGO (AP) - The Illinois Prisoner Review Board is being asked to intervene on behalf of an Army veteran with a green card who faces deportation because of a drug conviction.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's leaders say they'll keep fighting against President Donald Trump's promised crackdown on so-called "sanctuary cities" despite financial risks.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Immigration officials in the Chicago area have shifted where they detain immigrants being deported to Mexico. 

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CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Student groups at Southern Illinois University are asking school leaders to declare their campuses a sanctuary for students who are in the U.S. without legal permission.

Randy Dunn, president of the SIU system, says staff members are studying the issue. SIU has campuses in Carbondale and Edwardsville and a medical school in Springfield.

Brad Colwell, interim chancellor in Carbondale, says a sanctuary designation is "complex and brings with it a number of legal questions." He says a possible consequence is the loss of federal financial aid. 

Chicago's City Council has approved a $1.3 million fund to help immigrants with legal services, including those facing deportation.  There was widespread support for the fund, which will use money set aside from a little-used property tax relief program.

Chicago officials are creating a legal services fund to help those living in the country illegally and facing deportation.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced $1 million to start the fund that's being run with the Chicago-based National Immigrant Justice Center. The money will be used to help individuals with consultations and representation, among other things.

A University of Illinois working group will study legal ramifications of making the campus a sanctuary for students living in the U.S. without legal permission.

The U-S Department of Health and Human Services says 305 unaccompanied children caught at the U.S.-Mexico border were placed with Illinois sponsors as of about two weeks ago.   But Republican U-S Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois says hundreds more were at shelters.