More than 11,000 immigrants get state help


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Posted Online: April 02, 2013, 12:00 pm
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MELROSE PARK, Ill. (AP) A new report says more than 11,000 people used services at an Illinois agency designed to help new immigrants.

Last year, the Office of New Americans expanded its locations from two to five. Another office is expected to open in Chicago this year.

A progress report on the unit's efforts was released Tuesday.

Its services include help with translation, job training and legal assistance.

Officials say the report shows the state is immigrant friendly. Earlier this year, Illinois approved drivers' licenses for illegal immigrants.

Gov. Pat Quinn said Tuesday the report shows the state's progress in welcoming new Americans. He released the details the day before leaving on a trade trip to Mexico that he hopes will improve relationships with immigrant communities.














 



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