Immigrants: we get the job done.”
On February 19, 1974, Pat Quinn met Cesar Chavez in the basement of St. Sylvester’s Church hall in Chicago. Quinn shook hands with Chavez who told him “Si Se Puede” (“Yes We Can”) and “Juntos Podemos” (“Together We Can”).
View the Governor’s Office Press Release of Quinn Hosting 7th Annual César Chávez Serve & Learn Program Breakfast .
On August 1, 2011, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the DREAM Act to increase education opportunities to children of immigrants in Illinois.
View the Governor’s Office Press Release of Quinn Signing Illinois DREAM Act.
On January 27, 2013, Gov. Quinn signed a legislation to help ensure every Illinois motorist is properly licensed to drive.
View the Governor’s Office Press Release of Quinn Signing Historic Traffic Safety Legislation.
View the Governor’s Office Press Release of Quinn Signing Law to Protect Migrant Laborers in Illinois.
On January 5, 2015, Gov. Quinn signed two executive orders to help support the state’s undocumented immigrants in their integration into communities across Illinois.
View the Governor’s Office Executive Order 2015-1.
View the Governor’s Office Executive Order 2015-2.
On January 19, 1861, Matías Romero met with President-elect Abraham Lincoln at Lincoln’s home in Springfield. Romero delivered congratulations to Lincoln from Mexican President Benito Juárez and opened a dialogue about peace, understanding and cooperation that could be beneficial for both nations. It led to a “friendship through correspondence” between Presidents Juárez and Lincoln.
View the Governor’s Office Press Release of Quinn and Governor Ávila Honoring Benito Juárez on Eve of Lincoln's Birthday.