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    Open Letter From Illinois Business And Civic Leaders

    Dear Members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation,

    As business and civic leaders in Illinois, we are writing to urge you to co-sponsor the DREAM, the RAC or both immediately. And if you have, we thank you.

    In less than five months, DACA will end and some 800,000 DACA recipients will lose their work permits – unless Congress passes a legislative solution to DACA. Illinois is home to over 42,000 DACA recipients, and losing them as consumers and workforce members will cost our state $2.3 billion in the next decade.

    DACA recipients came out of the shadows in good faith, submitting to rigorous background checks and demonstrating their commitment to bettering our country’s future by earning college degrees, working hard in a variety of industries, and investing in our economy by purchasing homes and cars.

    In less than five months, DACA will end and 800,000 DACA recipients will lose their work permits unless Congress passes a legislative solution. Your leadership is needed now more than ever, and we are ready to work with you. We ask that you co-sponsor the DREAM, RAC, or both in order to keep 800,000 DACA recipients working, paying taxes, growing our economy and creating more jobs for all of us.

    Sincerely,

    John Rowe Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Chairman Emeritus, Exelon Corporation

    Martin P. Slark CEO and Vice Chairman, Molex

    David MacNeil Founder & CEO, WeatherTech

    Siddharth N. “Bobby” Mehta Former CEO, TransUnion LLC

    Don Thompson Former CEO, McDonald’s

    Mellody Hobson President, Ariel Investments, LLC

    Kermit Crawford President & COO, Rite Aid Corporation

    Craig Duchossois Chairman and CEO, The Duchossois Group

    Ron Gidwitz Co-Founder, GCG Partners

    Glenn Tilton Retired Chairman and CEO, United Airlines Chairman, Chicago Council On Global Affairs

    Sam Yagan CEO, ShopRunner, Inc. Vice-Chairman, Match Group Co-Founder: SparkNotes, eDonkey, OkCupid, Techstars Chicago, Firestarter Fund, Corazon Capital

    Bill Kunkler Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Executive Vice President, CC Industries

    Carole & Gordon Segal Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Co-founders, Crate and Barrel

    William A. Von Hoene, Jr. Senior Executive Vice President & CEO, Exelon Corporation

    Tom Cross Former Republican Leader, Illinois House

    Governor Jim Edgar

    Michael Sacks Chairman & CEO, Grosvenor Capital Management

    Jose Luis Prado CEO, Evans Food

    Samuel C. Scott III, Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Former Chief Executive Officer, Ingredion Incorporated Chairman, Chicago Sister Cities International Program

    Todd Maisch Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition President & CEO, Illinois Chamber of Commerce

    Susan Crown Chairman & Founder of Susan Crown Exchange Inc.

    John Atkinson Managing Partner, Willis Group Holdings

    Scott C. Swanson Regional President, PNC Bank

    Edward J. Wehmer President & CEO of Wintrust Financial Corporation

    John Bucksbaum CEO, Bucksbaum Retail Properties, LLC

    Martin R. Castro President, Castro Synergies, LLC

    Karen Teitlebaum President & CEO, Sinai Health System

    Sarah Pang Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, CNA Financial Corporation

    Craig Freedman President and CEO, Freedman Seating Company

    Marisela Rosales Lawson Founding Partner, Sagence, Inc

    Tom Hurvis Founder and Chairman, Old World Industries, LLC

    Michael Polsky Founder & CEO, Invenergy

    Dan Costello CEO, Home Run Inn Restaurant Group

    Ezequiel Flores CEO, Flying Food Retail LLC

    Juan Gaytan CEO, Monterrey Security

    Christopher Gladwin CEO & Founder, Cleversafe

    Norman R. Bobins Norman Bobins Consulting LLC

    Terry Howerton, Founder, TechNexus

    Christopher G. Kennedy Chairman, Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc.

    Senator Billy Lawless Owner, The Gage and Henri

    Ken Lehman Managing Partner, KKP Group, LLC

    Patrick M. Magoon President & CEO, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

    Clare Muñana President, Ancora Associates, Inc.

    Juan Ochoa President, Miramar Group

    Maureen Pikarski Partner, Gordon & Pikarski

    Ken Raskin Chairman of the Illinois Restaurant Association and owner of Manny’s Deli

    Jos Saldana President & CEO, Biba Global

    Sam Sanchez CEO, SamCo Partners

    Christine Cikowski Executive Chef and Managing Partner, Honey Butter Fried Chicken

    Rob Lowe CEO, Wellspring Worldwide

    Jessica Droste Yagan CEO, Impact Engine

    Kal Mahmood President, Old World Industries Inc.

    Samir Mayekar CEO, SiNode Systems

    Kevin Boyle President, Schulze Burch

    Kevin Boehm Co-Founder, Boka Restaurant Group

    Dave Bender Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Executive Director, American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois Chairman, Logan County Republican Party

    Father Brendan Curran Catholic Businesses for Immigration Reform

    Jaime di Paulo Executive Director, Little Village Chamber of Commerce

    Omar Duque President & CEO, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

    Marc J. Gordon President & CEO, Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association

    Mark Harris President & CEO, Illinois Science & Technology Coalition

    Ed Hoch President of the Illinois Technology Association

    Anna Morzy President, Polish American Chamber of Commerce

    Hedy Ratner Co-Founder, Women’s Business Development Center

    Cyril Regan President Chicago Irish Immigrant Support

    Sergio Suarez President, North American Institute for Mexican Advancement

    Sam Toia President, Illinois Restaurant Association

    Doug L. Whitley Former President & CEO, Illinois Chamber of Commerce

    AJ Wilhelmi President & CEO, Illinois Hospital Association

    Donna M. Carroll President, Dominican University

    Alan W. Cramb President, Illinois Institute of Technology

    Robert Easter Former President, University of Illinois

    A. Gabriel Esteban, PhD President, DePaul University

    Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD President, Loyola University

    Ellen Rudnick Senior Advisor on Entrepreneurship & Adjunct Professor, The University of Chicago

    Morton Schapiro, PhD President, Northwestern University

    Luis Acosta Business Owner, Yady’s Carwash Inc

    Bernabe Cabral Business Owner, La Villita Cleaners

    Carolina Cossyleon Business Owner, Maravilla’s Restaurant

    Refugio Davila Business Owner, Davila Auto Service

    Benjamin Delgado Business Owner, Benny’s Mensware

    Joan Franco Business Owner, El Anzuelo Restaurant

    Hector E. Garcia Business Owner, G&G Imports LLC

    Victor Gonzalez Business Owner, Quetzalcoat Studio

    Laura Granado Business owner, Laura’s Boutique

    Ernesto Hernandez Business Owner, El Campo

    Lupe Jimenez Owner, Carnicerias Jimenez

    Jesse Macias Business Owner, Parks Homes Real Estate

    Ernesto Martinez President, Ernesto Martinez Agency

    Francisco Martinez Business Owner, Isidros Tamales

    Apolinar Meza Business Owner, Elmhurst Carpenter Realtor

    Marco Paz Business Owner, Celias Photo Studio

    Jose Romero Business Owner, Romero Steel

    Dora Sanchez Business Owner, Neveria Michoacana

    Jose L. Suarez President, Mar y Tierra Restaurant

    Sergio Saurez Jr. Business Owner, Martian Solutions

    Leo Torres Business Owner, DJZ United Concrete & Asphalt Inc

    Veronica Trevino Business Owner, Veronica’s Maids

    Erica Vega Business Owner, La Galera

    Jose Velazquez Business Owner, Bryan’s Jewelry

    David D. Hiller President & CEO, Robert R. McCormick Foundation

    Joshua Hoyt Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Executive Director, National Partnership for New Americans

    Rabbi Seth M. Limmer Chicago Sinai Congregation

    Raul Raymundo Co-Chair, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition CEO, The Resurrection Project

    Dr. Bryan Traubert Chairman, The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation (PTFF)

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