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Rauner, Edgar, Hastert to push GOP on immigration reform

GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner will make a joint apperance with former Gov. Jim Edgar, former U.S. House Speaker Denny Hastert as well as a slew of Republican leaders on Tuesday in a push for Republicans to get on board with reforming immigration policies.

They join the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition in Chicago Tuesday afternoon to urge Illinois House members to publicly support immigration reform and get the measure voted on in the U.S. House.

The U.S. Senate advanced a landmark bipartisan immigration reform bill last year but momentum grew to a standstill with House leaders saying they had their own ideas on how to reform immigration.

This is the first time we’re seeing Rauner discuss immigration. Rauner is running in the November general election against incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. Rauner’s running mate, Evelyn Sanguinetti, is Hispanic and often speaks Spanish at campaign events to rally the crowd.

It’s an interesting move for Rauner, who has increasingly reached out to minorities in his bid for the governor’s mansion.

Here’s a full list of those expecting to attend:

Dennis Hastert, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; Jim Edgar, former Governor of Illinois, James Thompson, former Governor of Illinois; Judy Baar Topinka, Illinois Comptroller; Christine Radogno, IL Senate Minority Leader (R-41); Jim Durkin, IL House Minority Leader (R-82); Bruce Rauner, GOP Nominee for the Governor of Illinois; Tom Cross, State Representative (R-IL 97), GOP Nominee for Treasurer of Illinois; Jim Oberweis, IL Senator (R-25), GOP Nominee for U.S. Senate; Aaron Schock video testimonial, U.S. Congressman (R-18); Adam Kinzinger video testimonial, U.S. Congressman (R-16); Doug Oberhelman, Caterpillar CEO; Carole Segal, Crate and Barrel Co-founder;
 Doug Whitley, Illinois Chamber of Commerce CEO; John Rowe, Exelon Chairman Emeritus; Rich Guebert Jr., President, Illinois Farm Bureau; Joe Green, CEO,; Omar Duque, CEO, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Sue Gin, Founder and CEO of Flying Food Group; 
Sergio Suarez, President of NAIMA; Anna Morzy, President of the Polish American Chamber of Commerce.