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Naturalization fees rise while Illinois' immigrant pop. falls

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have seen an influx of applications filed by immigrants across Illinois, Wisconsin and the United States who were seeking citizenship within the last year, and the reason for the increase may be two-fold. According to CNBC, part of the uptick may be attributed to the upcoming inauguration of a president who made no secret of his plans to take a hard line on immigration. Part of the increase, too, may be attributed to the fact that the fees associated with doing so increased considerably as of Dec. 23, 2016.  

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