This is a city of polarizing contrasts: a gleaming downtown of corporate offices subsidized by taxpayers while working class neighborhoods are neglected.
Nestled in a small strip mall here in the shadow of Midway Airport sits Democrat Rep. Dan Lipinski's office. It was to that office immigration activists delivered a birthday cake recently.
The first priority is to pressure Republicans to support legalization of the 11 million undocumented immigrants.
"Where do these Latinos stand on immigration reform? How do they feel on the debate over it so far? We decided to explore their views."
This week, immigration reform advocates face some of their biggest hurdles ever.
Six years ago, Evelyn Rivera saw her mother hauled away to jail and deported before her very eyes. This week, she marched on Washington to get her mother back.
"The sky didn't fall when I won my legal status during the last immigration reform of 1986 and the sky will not fall when we pass this immigration reform."
Fisher v. the University of Texas was a challenge to that school's affirmative action policy by Abigail Fisher, whose application for admission was turned down.
The SAFE Act has harsh features including criminalizing, at the misdemeanor level, the mere act of being in the country without authorization.
President Obama insisted the "moment is now" to give 11 million immigrants in the U.S. without documents a chance at citizenship.