Legislation aims to improve working conditions for temporary workers as the need for them increases. There were more than 840,000 workers employed by staffing agencies in Illinois in 2015, according to the American Staffing Association.
On the 21st: How much has the federal government changed the way it enforces immigration law under President Donald Trump? Plus, we get the latest in Illinois politics with Politico reporter Natasha Korecki.
On the 21st: We talked about what it's like to immigrate to Illinois in the current political climate. We also learned why a man serving a life sentence was released from prison, and get a preview of tomorrow's Ebertfest panels about the role of art and films in promoting empathy.
A newcomer to the Champaign City Council hopes to see the city offer the same protections for those living in the country illegally that Urbana officials have provided. Alicia Beck topped 32-year incumbent Michael LaDue Tuesday to win the District 2 council seat, 63 to 37 percent. Beck says some of her backers want Champaign to explore the idea of becoming a sanctuary city, which Urbana reaffirmed in late 2016.
On the 21st: The U.S. announced they will be temporarily suspending expedited processing of H-1B visas. We discussed how this will affect healthcare in Illinois. Plus, we talked about the expansion of Lyft in small cities in Illinois and spoke with two Muslim bloggers based in Chicago about hijab fashion.
On Tuesday, the Trump Administration released details on new policies to ramp up federal immigration detentions and deportations. Ahead of the move, Urbana joined hundreds of other cities in declaring itself a sanctuary city – meaning they’ll offer some protections to people in the country illegally. That could cost the city roughly $1 million in federal funds, based on recent executive orders from the president.
President Trump began his press conference Thursday afternoon naming his new nominee for labor secretary, R. Alexander Acosta. He also announced his decision to issue a new executive action while his travel ban is held up in court. Journalists across NPR have annotated his remarks.
On the 21st: We got a preview of Governor Rauner’s upcoming budget address and learned what social service agencies that rely on state funding hope to hear. We also discussed a recent letter signed by hundreds of conservative evangelical leaders denouncing President Trump's immigration executive order and learned about two new initiatives aimed at providing food to those in need.