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Immigration Fri Jun 08 2012

Chicago New Americans Initiative

The Emanuel administration on Wednesday announced the Chicago New Americans Initiative with the intent of helping more than 10,000 people become naturalized U.S. citizens:

The Chicago New Americans initiative will bring together the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights to offer assistance to thousands of eligible, law abiding, permanent residents in becoming naturalized, U.S. citizens.

Chicago has one of the largest immigrant population in the country. That the city government is taking a partnership, positive role in the immigrant community can go a long way to improving the economic and social conditions for hundreds of thousands of people, particularly children who face uncertain futures given the acceleration of deportations under the Obama administration.

 
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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...

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Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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