Twenty-one mayors from around the state are asking Illinois’ congressmen to push for comprehensive immigration reform.  In a letter to the state’s 18 U.S. representatives, the mayors said  immigration reform is a remedy for the state’s economic struggles that will increase tax revenues and drive down the state’s unemployment rate, though it doesn’t name any particular bill.
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“I more looked at the other names, at the list, at the broad issues, and said yeah, it’s time. Congress needs to stop with the political hackery and start doing their job,” said Champaign Mayor Don Gerard, one of the signers.  The letter mentioned the recent struggles over the partial government shutdown and the debt ceiling, saying there’s now an “opportunity to form another coalition” to provide a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
The mayors who signed the letter are:
  • Jim Ardis, Peoria
  • Alex J. Bregen, Fairmont City
  • Rodney S. Craig, Hanover Park
  • Larry Dominick, Cicero
  • Rahm Emanuel, Chicago
  • Don Gerard, Champaign
  • Tom Giarrante, Joliet
  • David Kaptain, Elgin
  • Chris Koos, Normal
  • Dan McLaughlin, Orland Park
  • William D. McLeod, Hoffman Estates
  • Barrett F. Pedersen, Franklin Park
  • Laurel Prussing, Urbana
  • Tari Renner, Bloomington
  • Nancy R. Rotering, Highland Park
  • Angelo Saviano, Elmwood Park
  • Ron Serpico, Melrose Park
  • Elizabeth Tisdal, Evanston
  • Jeff Tobolski, McCook
  • Gerald Turry, Lincolnwood
  • Tom Weisner, Aurora
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