Billy Lawless: From Irish dairy farm to immigration reform to U.S. citizenship

Chicago Sun-Times| By Mark Brown July 11, 2014:

It’s been 16 years since Billy Lawless came to Chicago from Ireland to build his fortune in the tavern business and nine years since he began sticking his broad neck out to put an Irish face on the need for immigration reform in the U.S.

On Thursday, a very successful and prosperous Lawless and his wife Anne were sworn in as U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony here along with 137 other new Americans.

I’d like to think there’s a connection there —between Lawless’ tireless advocacy for immigrants of all persuasions and the success he’s had in the hospitality industry, most recently as owner of The Gage, a popular restaurant on Michigan Avenue.

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Author: UI