Illinois Businesses Push Immigration Reform

CHICAGO (AP) -- A wide-ranging group of Illinois-based businesses, politicians and other civic leaders is being formed to push what it calls common-sense immigration reform.

The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition includes leaders from Peoria-based Caterpillar Inc. as well as Motorola Solutions Inc., the University of Illinois, business trade groups and immigration-rights advocates. It is backed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Caterpillar CEO Doug Olberhelman spoke at a kickoff event Monday in Chicago. He said the manufacturer has trouble filling both high- and lower-skill jobs that immigration reform could help.

The formation of the Illinois group comes as lawmakers in Washington get ready to hammer out the details of a potential immigration law overhaul. Business and labor leaders last week agreed on broad outline.

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