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Bringing together diverse business and community interests to advance immigration reform, grow the economy, create jobs, and keep families together.


About ABIC in Illinois

ABIC Illinois, also known as IBIC, works with a growing and diverse set of businesses and business associations — representing large corporations and small business, low-skilled to high-skilled workers — to support sensible immigration reforms to benefit the people and economy of our state.

Our Illinois Staff Member

Irakere Picon
Legal Services Director, Chicago, IL

Irakere Picon

Irakere Picon is the Director of Legal Services for ABIC and the ABIC lead on Defenders for All campaign. Prior to joining ABIC, Irakere worked with the National Immigrant Justice Center’s Legal Protection Fund providing free legal services to low-income immigrant clients, the Community Activism and Law Alliance, and the Chicago Law and Education Foundation.

Irakere earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from the NIU College of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois.

What We Do

ABIC Illinois

Leads the Healthy Illinois Campaign and the Defenders For All (D4A) coalition in Cook County. The D4A campaign is a coalition of over 40 immigrant leaders, community organizations, and legal service providers that support the creation of a fully funded immigration unit within the Cook County Public Defender’s Office (CCPD) to provide legal representation for immigrant workers and their families. For more information about D4A or if you would like to join the coalition, click here.

Partners with small business owners, CEOs, universities, hospitals, and advocacy organizations to take a stand and fight for sensible and comprehensive immigration reform.

Educates small business owners and others on government initiatives that may support their businesses, such as the Paycheck Protection Program and other COVID-19 based business recovery assistance while also providing member businesses with trainings and technical assistance on I-9 employment verification forms and Know Your Rights presentations for management and employees when interacting with immigration enforcement.

News & Updates

Read the Latest News & Commentary

September 10, 2021

Los Angeles Times: Fate of citizenship for ‘Dreamers’ currently rests with the Senate parliamentarian

July 28, 2021

Chicago Sun Times: Coalition of Midwest business leaders pushes for immigration reform

January 20, 2021

ABC Chicago: Chicagoans react to President Joe Biden’s expected immigration reform bill with citizenship process

Steering Committee Members

Dave Bender

Dave Bender

Vice President of Political Affairs, National American Council of Engineering Companies
Carole Browe Segal

Carole Segal

Crate And Barrel
Josh Hoyt

Josh Hoyt

Founding Executive Director, Retired
National Partnership For New Americans
ABIC Co-founder
William Kunkler, III

William C. Kunkler, III

Executive Vice President,
CC Industries
Todd Maisch

Todd Maisch

President & CEO, Illinois Chamber of Commerce
Raul Raymundo

Raul Raymundo

The Resurrection Project
John Rowe

John Rowe

Chairman Emeritus
Exelon Corporation
Board Chair
ABIC Co-Founder
Zaher Sahloul

Zaher Sahloul

Chairman And CEO,
Sam Scott

Sam Scott

Former Chairman,
Ingredion Incorporated
Martin P. Slark

Martin P. Slark

Retired, Vice Chairman and CEO, Molex

Check out a full list of steering committee members here

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