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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.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved the creation of the Illinois Muslim American Advisory Council. 

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon returned to his Pennsylvania hometown to help officials open and dedicate a new $250,000 playground.

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The Illinois Senate has agreed with House changes to a measure that protects immigrants from indiscriminate federal attention.
 
Democratic Senate President John Cullerton's "TRUST Act" now goes to Gov. Bruce Rauner. It prevents federal authorities from stopping, questioning or detaining immigrants unless they have a valid federal warrant. It also would have prevented local police from cooperating with federal agents unless a federal criminal warrant was presented and barred federal authorities from entering "safe zones" such as schools or publicly funded clinics.
 

Chicago universities and community leaders have launched efforts aimed at addressing mental health concerns unique to immigrants living in the country without legal permission.   The Coalition for Immigrant Mental Health convened an inaugural summit Friday, saying issues have been exacerbated in the wake of a presidential election where anti-immigrant rhetoric was rampant. 

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Chicago has launched a campaign hailing the contribution of immigrants amid a harder line taken by President Donald Trump on immigration issues.  The campaign is called "One Chicago." Its stated aim is to assure immigrants they're welcome in the nation's third largest city. 

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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.

A new study shows the impact of immigrants on the local, state, and national economies. A group called the New American Economy used census data to look at all 435 congressional districts.

For this study, the group used the term immigrant to mean any person born outside of the United States, whether legal or not.

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Hundreds of people in Chicago are rallying at a demonstration to mark "A Day Without Immigrants."  Similar demonstrations are planned nationwide. Numerous businesses in immigrant-heavy industries, like restaurants, are closing in solidarity.

The U.S. has taken in nearly 270,000 immigrants and refugees during the past decade from the seven countries affected by President Donald Trump's travel ban.  Federal data shows the greatest number arrived last year. Most go to the most populous states, but they also are spread out around the country.

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.