Baker, former trustee to address Aug. 27 forum exploring ‘common sense’ immigration reform

Douglas D. Baker

Douglas D. Baker

Business, education and faith leaders, including NIU President Doug Baker and former trustee Manny Sanchez, will gather at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, for a morning forum to urge movement on common sense immigration reform.

The event at NIU-Naperville continues the growing chorus of bipartisan voices from across the state of Illinois calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to act on immigration reform.

This event is organized by the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition and co-sponsored by NIU, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Great Lakes Region, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Naperville Chamber of Commerce and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Tuesday’s forum will highlight why Illinois students, businesses and communities urgently need “common sense” immigration reform.

Manny Sanchez

Manny Sanchez

Speakers include:

  • Douglas D. Baker, president, Northern Illinois University
  • Billy Lawless, executive committee board member, Illinois Restaurant Association; founder, Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform; steering committee member, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition
  • Manny Sanchez, founder and managing partner, Sanchez, Daniels & Hoffman; chairman, Chicagoland Chamber’s Employment Law Forum
  • Samuel C. Scott III, former CEO, Corn Products International, Inc.; chairman, Chicago Sister Cities International Program; co-chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition
  • An NIU student

Speakers will communicate the economic and moral need for common sense immigration reform and its impact on Illinois students and communities. According to a recent report from the American Action Network, 105,923 new Illinois jobs would be created by 2023 as a result of immigration reform.

IBIC promotes common sense immigration reform that supports the economic recovery of Illinois, provides Illinois companies with both the high-skilled and low-skilled talent they need, and allows the integration of immigrants into the state’s economy as consumers, workers, entrepreneurs and citizens.

NIU-Naperville is located at 1120 E. Diehl Road.

For more information on the forum, call (773) 614-9668 or email rpadilla@illinoisbic.biz.

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