The Majority Report 11/05/18 - Latino Caucus denounces Trump's assault on citizenship


Latino Caucus denounces Trump’s assault on citizenship

Illinois Legislative Latino CaucusMembers of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus are speaking out against President Trump’s pledge to end birthright citizenship in the United States through executive order.

“Trump continues his fearmongering against immigrants by completely undermining our constitution in his announcement that he will attempt to end birthright citizenship. Recent events have showed us how dangerous this type of rhetoric against any group of people has become,” said State Senator Omar Aquino of Chicago.

State Senator Cristina Castro of Chicago joined in condemning the president’s rhetoric.

“Once again, President Trump is abusing his office to attract support from right wing extremists,” she said. “We need to work together as a society to embrace the contributions diversity brings to our nation, state and society instead of pitting people against each other.”

Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez of Chicago also criticized the president’s vow.

“What he is proposing is not only unconstitutional, it is un-American,” she said. “At its core, America is about welcoming people and giving them a chance at a better life.”

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Hastings hosts clean energy town hall

Sen. Michael E. Hastings

Residents were offered an opportunity to share their opinions about clean energy efforts during a town hall meeting hosted by State Senator Michael Hastings.

Hastings, chair of the Senate’s Energy Committee, worked with environmental groups and energy associations to host the meeting, which allowed people to offer input about initiatives in Springfield to increase energy-efficiency programs, decrease utility costs and create great jobs in the South Suburbs.

“The future of energy is extremely important,” said Hastings, a Tinley Park Democrat. “It’s important that we consider the opinions and needs of the people of our communities before acting on major energy legislation in Springfield.”

The town hall featured tables with information about energy programs and representatives of utilities and various groups. Hastings worked in a bipartisan manner to implement commonsense clean energy legislation. The law was the result of negotiations among consumer advocacy groups, environmental groups, utility companies and energy policy stakeholders.

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Hunter seeks to stop sudden Chicago school closures

Sen. Mattie HunterState Senator Mattie Hunter is working to bring attention to a new plan to provide support to under-enrolled Chicago Public Schools.

“As we’ve seen in the news lately, CPS has been closing school doors without notice and leaving thousands of students without a neighborhood school to go to or require them to travel to a different, consolidated school,” said Hunter, a Chicago Democrat. “The worst part is that CPS is making these decisions without engaging communities. That is unacceptable.”

Hunter hosted a news conference and was joined by State Senator Emil Jones III (D-Chicago), State Rep. Sonya Harper (D-Chicago), Cecile Carroll of Blocks Together and local CPS students and parents affected by recent school closure announcements.

They discussed a new law that requires more long-term planning, transparency for construction spending, community input and district collaboration to prevent inefficient and disruptive school closings. It also requires CPS to provide more notice and information on the status of schools.

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Illinois at 200

On This Day, Nov. 2, 2016To mark the countdown to Illinois’ bicentennial on Dec. 3, all this year the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus has published daily tributes to the people, places and events that have helped forge the state’s rich history.

From inventors and entertainers to our communities and the Capitol, Illinois has a lot to celebrate.

Last week’s bicentennial countdown featured the 1915 birth of Margaret Taylor Burroughs, founder of the DuSable Museum of African-American History, O’Hare International Airport’s first day of commercial service in 1955, and the Chicago Cubs’ 2016 World Series victory.

To find all of our historical vignettes, visit I Like Illinois online, on Facebook and on Twitter. #IllinoisProud


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