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Health May 26Worker shortage concerns loom in immigrant-heavy meatpacking
The meat industry has historically relied on immigrant labor to do some of the most dangerous jobs in America. Now the pandemic is fueling concerns about possible labor shortages to meet supply demands…
Politics Feb 20New visa restrictions set off ‘panic wave’ in immigrant communities
A Dallas immigration lawyer from Nigeria says her phone has been ringing nonstop. The United African Organization has held legal clinics in Chicago to walk people through their options.
Nation Feb 10Voter registration error risks deportation for immigrants
Hundreds of people who acknowledged that they weren't U.S. citizens were mistakenly registered. Sixteen of them voted.
Nation Dec 03Ex-Chicago Police chief says he didn’t intentionally ‘deceive’ anyone
Ousted Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Tuesday that he didn't "intentionally mislead or deceive" anyone about the mid-October night he was found sleeping behind the wheel of his SUV.
Nation Dec 02Chicago mayor fires city’s top cop over ‘ethical lapses’
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired the city’s retiring police superintendent Monday, citing “ethical lapses” that included telling lies about a recent incident in which Eddie Johnson was found asleep at the wheel of his car after having drinks.
Nation Jul 23U.S. immigration operation targeting thousands nets 35 arrests
President Donald Trump billed the operation as a major show of force in an effort to "deport millions" of people in the country illegally as the number of Central American families crossing the southern border has skyrocketed.
Nation Jul 14Churches jump into action with threat of immigration sweeps
Religious leaders across the country used their pulpits Sunday to quell concerns in immigrant communities and spring into action as nationwide immigration enforcement sweeps loomed.
Nation Jul 11U.S. plans to begin immigration raids soon. Here’s what we know
A nationwide immigration enforcement operation targeting people who are in the United States illegally is expected to begin this weekend after it was postponed last month by President Donald Trump.
Nation Jun 25Chicago police release more than 1,000 files from Smollett investigation
The files included video footage that for the first time shows the "Empire" actor with a thin, white rope wrapped around his neck that he told detectives was a noose.
Nation Jun 12New Illinois law makes access to abortion a ‘fundamental right’
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed sweeping protections for abortion on Wednesday in a new law that establishes access to the procedure as a "fundamental right" for women.