U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin plans to discuss immigration policy during a daylong forum at DePaul University in Chicago.
The event is called "Perspectives on Immigration." Several speakers, including activists and educators, will present.
Durbin, a Democrat, has sponsored the failed DREAM Act. It is a bill designed to help provide citizenship for undocumented immigrants who are brought to the U.S. as children and educated here.
His comments come as other Illinois legislators, mainly Congressman Luis Gutierrez, say they are inching closer to drafting federal immigration reform legislation.
The workshops on Friday will feature first-person perspectives on topics like immigration law, raids and refugees.