SPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) joined her colleagues on Wednesday to begin the 101st General Assembly by being sworn in to her sixth term as state senator for the 20th District.

“I am honored to return to the Senate to continue to serve the people of the 20th District and focus on issues of great importance such as protecting immigrants, providing quality education and curbing gun violence,” Martinez said. “I am also proud to be joining one of the largest groups of women to ever serve in the Democratic Caucus in the State Senate.”

Martinez will continue to serve as Assistant Majority Leader, a title she received last year.

Senator Martinez’s website, which includes a link to contact her, is: www.senatoririsymartinez.com.

Senator Martinez can also be reached at the following office locations:

Springfield Office:
413 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706

District Office:
2921 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618

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What an honor to meet with General Stephen J. Townsend and other distinguished Army soldiers!

General Stephen J. Townsend assumed duties as Commander, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command on March 2, 2018, after serving as Commander, XVIII Airborne Corps, the U.S. Army’s rapid deployment contingency corps, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

He has more than 30 years of decorated experience in the Army, and he has served abroad in Grenada, Panama, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

This Veteran's Day, I am extremely grateful to General Townsend and all men and women who serve or have served in the Armed Forces.

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Illinois Trust Act Press ReleaseCHICAGO — Legislation that would protect immigrants and restore trust between immigrant communities and local police was the focus of a press conference attended today by Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago), other legislators and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. 

“There has been real fear and concern in the immigrant community after President Trump was elected,” Martinez said. “Illinois needs to show leadership by protecting immigrants from federal overreach. This proposal ensures that people aren’t deported while going to the hospital for medical treatment or when dropping their kids off at school.”

The initiative, Senate Bill 31, which would create the Illinois Trust Act, has the key components listed below:

• Clarifies that state and local police are not deputized immigration agents and therefore are not expected to expend resources enforcing or complying with federal civil immigration detainers and administrative warrants.

• Prohibits law enforcement agencies from using state resources to create discriminatory federal registries based on race, national origin, religion or other protected classes.

• Establishes safe zones at schools, medical facilities, and properties operated by the Illinois secretary of state, where federal immigration enforcement would not be admitted without a valid criminal warrant.

• Establish deadlines for police to complete certification forms that are requested by immigrant victims of violent crimes who cooperate with police. The certifications are among the requirements for immigrant crime victims to apply for certain visas.

• The measure would not prevent state and local police from conducting valid criminal investigations or serving criminal warrants. They also would be able to work with federal immigration agents to serve valid warrants.

Additionally, the legislation prohibits state and local police from searching, arresting, or detaining a person based solely on citizenship or immigration status or an administrative warrant.

“We need to work on rebuilding trust between law enforcement and immigrant communities,” Martinez said. “Local police departments should have assurance that they don’t have to enforce federal immigration laws.”

Martinez is a co-sponsor of the Illinois Trust Act in the Senate.

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend! As you celebrate with friends and family, please take time to remember and honor the men and women who gave their lives for our country and our freedom.

Click here for a list of Memorial Day weekend events in Chicago.

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