Chicago City Council votes to support Syrian refugees

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago City Council weighed in on the fight over how to deal with the Syrian refugee crisis in light of the Paris terror attacks.

In a largely symbolic resolution, aldermen voted Wednesday to establish Chicago as a sanctuary city for refugees.

The move is in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner's call to withhold aid for refugees in Illinois until the Paris investigation is complete.

Members of groups including RefugeeOne and the Heartland Alliance said Wednesday they believe Rauner doesn't have the authority to halt the federal resettlement program, but they want a welcoming atmosphere in Illinois. They say Rauner and other GOP governors' similar decisions were made out of fear. They say refugee screening processes are vigorous.

Since 2010 Illinois has received 169 Syrian refugees.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.