Illinois is on the way to be the most immigrant friendly state, the governor says. Gov. Pat Quinn says welcoming centers are part of reason. The centers helps immigrants with health screening, job training, legal assistance or help applying to college or for a mortgage. Last year the number of welcoming centers grew from two to five and another is expected to open soon.
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The welcoming centers are found throughout the Chicago area. For immigrants living outside of the Chicago area, the state utilizes a mobile welcoming center. The governor addressed the subject Tuesday at a welcome center in Melrose Park. According to a new report, at least 11,000 new Americans utilized the services and programs offered by welcoming centers in 2012. Besides opening a new center later this year, the state will implement a statewide language access policy to ensure access to state services with those with limited English skills.