The momentum behind immigration reform could bring a long-sought benefit for Poles in the Chicago area: an exemption from travel visas for Polish tourists to the U.S. But a new federal report highlighting problems with visa enforcement could hamper those efforts.
A Chicago area artist who died in the plane crash that killed the Polish president and dozens of other Polish leaders last year is being remembered this weekend. He’s beloved in the Polish community because of a monument he sculpted that stands in a Niles cemetery.
Regardless of actual status, many immigrants share a common goal – they moved to make a better life for themselves and their families. Writer Karolina Stepek Faraci knew all too well the joy and the pain of starting over.
On any given day, the Cook County Jail holds hundreds of inmates picked up on criminal charges who also happen to be wanted for an immigration violation. Sheriff Tom Dart’s office keeps them up to 48 hours beyond when the criminal cases would allow them out.
Here we go, locked firmly in the grip of another Chicago winter, spending as much time as possible trying to stay warm. Granted, it's not exactly Antarctica (or Anchorage), but we have plenty of chilly days and nights to deal with until April.