It’s time to hold our legislators accountable for their promises on the IL DREAM Act. Hundreds of students and community members will rally to put pressure on our legislators how important the IL DREAM Act is to all communities! We need to let our legislators know: Enough talking! Time for Action!
April 30th, 2011 at 11:00AM (doors open 10:30AM)
St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church (62nd and Lawndale, in Chicago)
- Our keynote speakers will include: Senator Richard Durbin, State Senate President John Cullerton and University of Illinois President Michael Hogan. Other invited supporters of the Illinois DREAM Act include: House Speaker Michael Madigan, Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, and dozens of law enforcement leaders and university presidents. The event is hosted by ICIRR and the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP).
Here’s what the Illinois DREAM Act Would Do:
- Good information. DREAM youths too often get incorrect information from high school counselors and college admissions officers regarding their college options. This bill would encourage these counselors and officers receive regular training regarding educational opportunities for immigrant youths. Having accurate information would give DREAM youths the hope they need to continue their educations and help reduce the rates of high school dropouts.
- Education Access. Many qualified DREAM students do not have the financial resources to pursue college—and as a result their talents are wasted. An estimated 65% of DREAM youths come from households that earn below 200% of the poverty line. The Illinois DREAM Act would establish a privately-funded Illinois DREAM Fund, administered by a volunteer state commission, to make scholarships available to undocumented students at no cost to taxpayers. The bill would also open up college savings programs and prepaid tuition programs to all Illinois residents, so that the families of DREAM students will be better able to pay for tuition.
- Illinois DREAM Commission. In addition to administering and fundraising for the Illinois DREAM Fund, this commission would monitor implementation of other parts of this law and research the needs of DREAM youths as they make their way through college
More about the rally and the “One Nation, One Dream” campaign visit icirr.org
Find out the latest on the bill and how we’re organizing to pass it, on Twitter: @ILDreamAct