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CAT, U of I included in new business immigragtion coalition

Mon, 01 Apr 2013 15:20:21 CDT
By: AP

A new group of business leaders wants to recruit 300 CEOs and 1,000 small businesses in Illinois to push for ``common sense'' bipartisan immigration reform. The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition includes leaders from Peoria-based Caterpillar Inc. as well as Motorola Solutions Inc., the University of Illinois, trade groups and immigration-rights advocates. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel backs the coalition. Caterpillar CEO Doug Olberhelman spoke at a kickoff event today in Chicago. He says the manufacturer has trouble filling both high- and lower-skill jobs and immigration reform could help. The coalition is forming as lawmakers in Washington get ready to hammer out details of a potential immigration law overhaul. Business and labor leaders last week agreed on broad outline. Emanuel says it's ``a huge opportunity'' that shouldn't be squandered ``because of politics.''

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