According to the U.S. Census, nearly one in five residents in the Chicago area is foreign-born. So it may come as no surprise that Chicago's been at the center of some immigrant reforms—after all, Chicago is a sanctuary city.
Illinois may be losing a Congressional seat, but new census figures could be good news for the state’s Latinos. A U.S. Census Bureau estimate for 2009 suggests the number of Latinos in the state had grown by almost 440,000 since 2000.
In 2007, as part of a year-long series on immigration, WBEZ’s Gabriel Spitzer offered a snapshot of the changing landscape of Devon Avenue. He explored how different ethnic groups made their mark on the community.
Jose Guerrero does make art in his Pilsen studio. In fact, he’s getting ready for a show as we speak. But mostly, Gerrero gives tours of all the murals around the Pilsen neighborhood. It’s because of this that he calls himself an amateur anthropologist.
Jose Guerrero is from San Antonio. His nifty wife Margaret, who doesn’t want to talk, is from Tennessee. She sits in the corner, laughing at our jokes. I’m not sure they’re all that funny, but she’s a good-humored woman, and probably doesn’t need the prompting.