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Rauner veto a ‘slap in the face’ to immigrant crime victims

jjc 053118SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto Friday of legislation intended to improve relations between immigrant communities and law enforcement is a step backward that will punish victims and shield criminals, said Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton, the lead sponsor of the proposal.

“This is a slap in the face to crime victims who happen to be immigrants. The whole idea was to foster trust between police and immigrant communities. You want immigrants to report crime, because criminals aren’t checking immigration status,” Cullerton said. “Gov. Rauner’s veto is a misguided step in the wrong direction that will ultimately shield criminals and punish victims.”

Sandoval: Rauner puts Trump’s rhetoric to work in Illinois

Sandoval 08 24webCHICAGO – With vetoes to three immigrant protection bills today, Gov. Bruce Rauner put into action the anti-immigrant rhetoric his party has embraced, State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) said.

“He can say whatever he wants to about being a diversity governor, but this shows he subscribes to the same talking points and has the same anti-immigrant ideals as Donald Trump, who has done irreparable harm to immigrant communities,” Sandoval said.

Rauner issued vetoes of three measures, including a bill which would prohibit landlords from questioning a tenant’s immigration status as a means of harassment or to force an eviction. Rauner also vetoed the Immigration Safe Zones Act to protect immigrants in courthouses, schools, libraries, medical facilities and shelters, and the VOICES Act (SB 34), which would have set consistent rules for law enforcement agencies that work with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking and other crimes.

“These are measures that would have given immigrants basic human rights and protected them from deportation simply for reporting crimes,” Sandoval said. “As we draw closer to November, Rauner gets closer and closer to being a Donald Trump clone than an independently-minded leader.”

Rauner vetoed the bills despite calls for his signature from former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar in a newspaper op-ed this week.

Sandoval said Rauner’s vetoes will make Illinois’ streets more dangerous.

“The governor and his boss, Donald Trump, would like everyone to believe that all immigrants are criminals. Obviously this is naïve and inhumane,” Sandoval said. “But with this veto, the governor prevents law-abiding, tax-paying immigrants from being able to report crimes without fearing deportation. These vetoes make all of us less safe.”

Worst of all, Sandoval said, Rauner used the bill veto press conference to politicize the recent murder of a young woman in Iowa.

“There’s no more beating around the Bush,” Sandoval said. “Gov. Rauner has begun to embrace this anti-immigrant rhetoric because he thinks that’s what his voters want. Vetoing these measures is mean-spirited and dangerous. The governor should know this and should have more faith in the decency of the people of Illinois.”

Castro: Gov. Rauner is no friend of Illinois’ diverse immigration community

castro 020718ELGIN –Gov. Bruce Rauner axed a measure from State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) Friday that would have protected undocumented immigrant tenants from harassment by landlords.

“This once again proves the governor is no friend of Illinois’ diverse immigrant communities,” Castro said. “Gov. Rauner continues to flock President Trump’s hostile right-wing agenda instead of embracing the contributions diversity brings to our state and society. Illinois needs a leader, not a Trump follower.”

Rauner issued vetoes on three measures, including Castro’s Senate Bill 3103, which would create the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act to prohibit landlords from questioning a tenant’s immigration status as a means of harassment or to force an eviction.

Castro’s measure would allow tenants to report criminal activity or habitability issues without being targeted based on their immigration status.

“This measure would simply put protections in place to ensure that landlords were not holding their tenants’ immigration status over their head to demand higher rent or eviction,” Castro said. “Tenants should have the freedom to come forward and report these crimes, no matter their citizenship status. It is important, not only for the tenant’s safety, but the safety of our communities.”

House Action Illinois, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Latino Policy Forum, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago, Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence and SEIU Healthcare are a few of the organizations in support of the measure.

Rauner also vetoed The Immigration Safe Zones Act (SB 35), which would have directed the Illinois Attorney General to develop model policies for courthouses, schools, libraries, medical facilities and shelters on how to handle immigration enforcement activity, and the VOICES Act (SB 34), which would have set consistent rules for law enforcement agencies that work with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking and certain other crimes.

Castro pledges to work with her colleagues to override these discriminatory vetoes.

“Gov Rauner refuses to stand up for minority communities across our state,” Castro said. “Every time we need him to lead, he has turned his back on immigrant families who are simply trying to achieve the American dream.”

New law by Mulroe protects buyers of foreclosed properties

foreclosure 082418Technicalities were being used to exploit homeowners

CHICAGO – To eliminate a legal loophole that has allowed self-styled “distressed property consultants” to exploit homeowners over decades-old paperwork, State Senator John Mulroe’s sponsored legislation was signed into law yesterday.

An appellate court ruled that the formatting of a summons document rendered a foreclosure case invalid, a move that has encouraged such “consultants” to dig through old foreclosure judgments, offering to reopen them in exchange for a cut of the proceeds from any litigation. The judgment turned on the fact the defendant’s name was printed in an attachment to the summons rather than on the front page.

“This practice exploits both the original homeowner and any subsequent purchaser,” Mulroe said. “This legislation closes a disingenuous loophole and protects homeowners, and I’m glad to see it signed into law.”

Senate Bill 2432 clarifies that a summons is still valid even if it contains a formatting inconsistency, so long as the summons has been issued by a clerk of the court and other basic procedures are duly followed. It also bans distressed property consultants from making agreements with a foreclosure defendant in exchange for a cut of the proceeds.

Lastly, it provides new protections to purchasers of foreclosed property, including:

    •        requiring future purchasers of foreclosed property to be named as parties in actions to reopen the foreclosure
    •        allowing them to remain in the property during the action to reopen
    •        requiring actions to recover foreclosed property to be brought within two years of the date a future purchaser takes possession
    •        and clarifying that a future purchaser who holds the property and pays property taxes for two years holds legal title to the property.

Signed by the governor yesterday, the new law is effective immediately.

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