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Despite contributing $6.5 billion to north suburban economy, foreign-born residents often not on local governments' radar.
When Skokie banned the parking of taxicabs on its streets overnight, some residents didn't even notice. But for members of one South Asian immigrant group, many of whom drive taxis, the move was onerous. It outlawed the vehicles by which they made their living. That's an example of the lack of communication between immigrants, who make up about a third of the population in many northern suburbs, and village governments, according to a report released Friday by the Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs. Immigrants contribute $6.5 billion to the local economy, yet villages don't often have them on their radar, according to the report, "Open to All? Different Cultures, Same Communities: A Look at Immigrants and Housing in Chicago’…