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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.

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CHICAGO (AP) - From small parishes to big cathedrals, Catholics observing the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the U.S. say the celebration is taking on a different tone this year. 

Heckel Villa works and worships at a suburban Chicago shrine for Mexico's revered patron saint. She says people are afraid because of President-elect Donald Trump's aggressive approach to immigration. 

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops urged churches to make Monday's holiday a "day of prayer" in solidarity with immigrants and their families. The issue came up during Mass in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles and the University of Notre Dame. 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the outcome of the U.S. presidential election won't impact Chicago's commitment as a sanctuary city for immigrants.  Chicago has been a sanctuary city since the late 1980s. That means authorities and city officials aren't allowed to ask residents about their immigration status during routine activities, like traffic stops. 

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More than 85,000 immigrants living in the U.S. illegally now have Illinois driver's licenses under a new state program. The tally comes after the first full year that the program has been in place in Illinois.

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is pushing for some immigrants in the country illegally to be allowed in the military. And he’s bringing that push to Chicago’s West Side Monday.

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is pushing for some immigrants in the country illegally to be allowed in the military.  And he’s bringing that push to Chicago’s West Side Monday.  From our bureau there, IPR’s Chip Mitchell reports.

Immigrants living in Illinois who entered the U.S. illegally may begin applying for a state driver's license in December. Secretary of State Jesse White says a pilot program will begin at four state driver services facilities. The full rollout at 21 other locations is scheduled for January.  White says it will improve safety, because in order for it to be recognized as valid, someone with temporary visitors' drivers' license must have insurance.