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updated: 4/18/2014 5:53 AM

Illinois GOP leaders to urge immigration reform

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Associated Press

Candidate for governor Bruce Rauner and other top Illinois Republicans will join the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition at a gathering next week to urge Congress to adopt immigration reform.

The event -- called "Immigration Reform: Bottom-Line 2014" -- will be at the Chicago Club on Tuesday. CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, state trade associations and hundreds of Latino and Asian business people will urge a vote on Capitol Hill. They say reform is "politically smart, economically sound, and morally right."

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Along with Rauner, GOP leaders expected to attend are former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, former governors Jim Edgar and James Thompson, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, and Republican legislative leaders Sen. Christine Radogno and Rep. Jim Durkin.

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