The measure will not impose any cost on Illinois taxpayers and could benefit as many as 95,000 immigrant youth.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is redefining workers' battle with the radical right as a moral struggle, saying it involves the nation's future.
The court's decision continues a 136-year struggle by public education advocates to have a "thorough and efficient" education for all the state's children.
Currently the number of youth who are unemployed, especially youth of color, has risen to a level not seen decades.
Four years ago, the legislature passed a similar bill but lacked enough votes to override Republican Gov. Jodi Rell's veto.
The GOP in Congress is pushing new laws that would force employers to check the immigration status of new hires.
The election shows that "Republicans and independent voters, along with Democrats, will reject extreme policies like ending Medicare."
President Obama announced recently that $8 billion in Recovery Act grants are going to the development of America's first nationwide high-speed intercity rail service program.
The goal for the next few months should be to rebuild the coalition of communities and movements that brought Barack Obama to the White House in 2008.
A longstanding struggle over confirmation of Goodwin Liu, nominated as an appellate court judge by President Obama, suffered a Republican filibuster.