Businesses Interruption Grant BIG programCHICAGO – To help offset financial losses amid the pandemic, Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) is pleased to learn 32 businesses in the district she represents have received financial assistance from the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program, and she is encouraging more to apply.

“The small business community is among the hardest hit by the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Martinez said. “These funds will support operating costs while they adjust to mitigation and ensure their employees are compensated appropriately.”

In the district Martinez represents, 32 businesses received a combined total of more than $1.1 million in grants. Each business received between $5,000 and $150,000 to be used to help cover the costs of payroll, rent, utilities and other working capital during the time they have experienced interruptions due to the pandemic. 

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity awarded the grants this week, as part of the second round of the BIG program. However, applications will remain open until all of the funding is spent. 

“Although these grants will offset some costs, nothing compares to the support of the community,” Martinez said. “I encourage residents to continue to shop at their local small businesses, especially when planning for the holidays.”

The BIG program is the largest state-run economic support program formed in response to the financial losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are available on DCEO’s website

For a complete list of awardees, click here.

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imageCHICAGO – Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) is excited to announce the Illinois Department of Transportation is investing over $2 million to repair more than five miles of Pulaski Road.

“By investing in our state’s infrastructure, Illinois is supporting working families and residents who depend on reliable transportation,” Martinez said. “It’s also creating construction jobs at a time when our economic future needs a strong push forward.”

The $2.87 million investment will cover two separate stretches of Pulaski Road – one running from Devon Avenue to Barry Avenue and one from Diversey Avenue to North Avenue, for a total of 5.69 miles.

The Pulaski upgrades are part of IDOT’s multi-year plan to maintain and expand Illinois’ transportation infrastructure. Another area project scheduled for the upcoming year involves preserving more than two miles of Montrose Avenue.

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2020 logo sharing cardCHICAGO – State Senator and Assistant Majority Leader, Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s new order that aims to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted in the census.

“The president of the United States is continuing his fearmongering to attack immigrant communities. Now, he wants to exclude the undocumented population from the census to deprive them of proper congressional representation. This charade is a clear overreach of his legal powers and is a cynical attempt to steal the federal funding immigrant communities need and deserve.

“I urge our immigrant communities not to be distracted by this heinous political scheme from the Trump administration. We need to make sure that the census counts everyone, so our essential services get the proper funding. This cowardly attack on the most vulnerable communities proves how vital it is to have appropriate representation that speaks on our behalf.

“Do not get discouraged by Mr. Trump’s showmanship and fill out the census. Immigrant communities are part of the great fabric of America. Immigrants represent who we are as a nation. Engage, and make yourself counted.”

CHICAGO – La senadora estatal y Asistente a la Mayoría, Iris Y. Martínez (D-Chicago) dio a conocer la siguiente declaración sobre la nueva orden del presidente Trump que busca excluir a los inmigrantes indocumentados de ser contados en el Censo.

“El presidente de los Estados Unidos se apoya en la intimidación para atacar a las comunidades inmigrantes. Ahora, quiere excluir a la población indocumentada del Censo y privarlos de tener una representación apropiada en el Congreso”, dijo Martínez. “Esta farsa es un claro exceso de sus atribuciones y un cínico intento de robar los fondos federales que las comunidades inmigrantes necesitan y merecen.

“Pido con urgencia a las comunidades inmigrantes que no se distraigan con estas mascaradas políticas de la administración Trump. Necesitamos que el Censo cuente a todos, para que los servicios esenciales reciban los fondos necesarios. Este ataque cobarde a las comunidades más vulnerables demuestra la importancia de contar con una representación adecuada que hable por nosotros.

No se desanimen por las payasadas del señor Trump y llenen el Censo. Las comunidades inmigrantes son parte de la gran fábrica estadounidense. Los inmigrantes representan quiénes somos como nación. Participen, y sean contados.”

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Ill Dept of Human Services 300x300CHICAGO – With workers facing high rates of unemployment, Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) encouraged local organizations who work in the area of youth unemployment to take advantage of the extended Aug. 3 application deadline for the Illinois Youth Investment Program.

“Many of our newest workers are surviving paycheck to paycheck as the pandemic continues,” Martinez said. “For organizations that support underserved young people, these grants are an opportunity to help more those who need it the most.”

The Illinois Youth Investment Program, administered by the Department of Human Services, supports at-risk youth who are seeking long-term career employment. Providers interested in serving young people in their area can apply for grants online at DHS’ website.

Grants are awarded to providers who can assist at-risk youth with short-term, long-term and industry-specific career development opportunities. In addition to employment support, IYIP also provides participants with support services for their physical, emotional, social and mental health needs. Questions about IYIP and other DHS grants can be answered online or by calling 800-843-6154.

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