immigrants

By the mid-1800s, white immigrants had spread across northern Illinois -- Irish, Scottish, German, Swedish -- and in community after community, their contributions are well documented. But there is another group that came here that we know little about: the Welsh.

Join hosts Clint Cargile and Connie Kuntz as they explore northern Illinois’ forgotten Welsh heritage. Travel with them to the village of Big Rock, which was settled by Welsh colonists from the "land of the leek."

A Brazilian woman separated from her son in May while seeking asylum in the U.S. has been reunited with the 10-year-old boy in Chicago. 

The reunion occurred Thursday afternoon, just hours after a federal judge ordered the U.S. government to release the boy to his mother.

The mother, Sirley Silveira Paixao, cried as Judge Manish Shah said they should be promptly reunited.

The Illinois Senate Tuesday approved drivers' licenses for immigrants who came to the U-S illegally. The legislation has bipartisan support.

Illinois Secretary of State

The Illinois General Assembly returns this week for the fall veto session. Lawmakers may consider a measure to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. 

34-year-old Juan lives in the Champaign-Urbana area with his wife and four children. To protect his identity, he’s asked to only use his first name. Juan illegally came to the United States 13-years-ago from Mexico. He owns his own car, but substantially limits his trips - going to work, driving his kids to school, picking up groceries, and making doctor’s appointments.

Mixed reaction in Illinois to President's immigrant order

Jun 18, 2012

President Obama has signed an executive order that will stop the deportation of certain immigrants who moved to the U.S. when they were young. The controversial move is drawing praise and criticism in Illinois.

25-year old Alaa Mukahhal has a degree in architecture from the University of Illinois. Her family moved to the state from Kuwait when she was a young child. But she’s still not an American citizen, and she’s currently in the midst of deportation proceedings: