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Illinois Mayors Want Immigration Reform

CHICAGO (AP) - A group of Illinois mayors are pushing the state's congressional delegation for immigration reform as a way to repair and boost the economy.

Twenty mayors signed the letter sent Wednesday to Illinois' 18 U.S. representatives.   The effort is led by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and FWD.us, an advocacy organization started by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. 

The mostly Democratic-leaning mayors are from around Chicago and central Illinois including Peoria, Cicero, Champaign, Urbana and Aurora. They're calling for reform now, in the wake of the end of the federal shutdown. 

The mayors aren't pushing for a particular bill, saying immigration reform would create jobs and increase revenues. 

Legislation with amped up border security has passed the Senate but it's unclear if any overhaul will come for a vote in the GOP-led House. 

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