29102019CM0461SPRINGFIELD – To bring awareness to genetic counselors’ important role in the health care system, Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) led the Illinois Senate in passing a resolution declaring Nov. 14, 2019 as Genetic Counselor Awareness Day.

Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) advanced Senate Resolution 780 to express support for people improving the lives of many by using research into the human genome.

“Many people benefit from increased genetic sequencing research and genetic counseling, especially those with family histories of inherited diseases,” Martinez said. “Genetic counselors empower patients and their families with vital healthcare information, guidance and emotional support during challenging times.”

In Illinois, there are over 150 certified genetic counselors working in prenatal, fertility, pediatrics, metabolic, cardiovascular, neurology and cancer care.

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11132019HAO 0130SPRINGFIELD – Bringing her lengthy experience in stewarding resources and holding government entities accountable, Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) prioritizes fiscal responsibility as newly-appointed Chair of the Senate Revenue Committee.

“I believe our state has turned a corner and is on the path back towards stability for its citizens,” Martinez said. “But in order for our state to work for everyone, we must negotiate and vet economic programs and ideas with all perspectives in mind.”

Martinez’s priorities for the Revenue Committee include:

  • Prioritizing transparency in new recreational cannabis revenue and ensuring the funds support minority communities that have been disproportionally affected by failed drug policies.
  • Using the findings of the Property Tax Relief Task Force, of which she is a member, to create legislation to lower the largest tax burden facing Illinois residents.
  • Improving reliability in future budget education and social service negotiations.

“I will be a strong voice for hard-working Illinoisans, women and minorities, guaranteeing their needs are not overlooked,” Martinez said.

Martinez also serves as the chair of Pension Investments Special Committee and vice-chair of the Government Accountability and Pensions Committee.

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05292019CM0805Educators charged with sex crimes, violent felonies or certain drug offenses

SPRINGFIELD – Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) issued the following statement today after the Illinois State Board of Education announced information documenting the success of her law to help protect CPS students from sexual predators and criminals:

“When the media publicized the number of sexual violence reports in Chicago Public Schools last year, we knew something had to be done. It’s humbling to know my law is already making a difference only two months after being signed. Misconduct from school employees will not be tolerated. No child should feel afraid or threatened while in their classroom.”

The law, Pa 101-0531, addressed a multitude of problems: how a student is interviewed after making a complaint about a staff member, how frequently school districts check statewide criminal databases and how to reduce the traumatization of student victims. It also creates a taskforce to continue to review these policy changes.

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road constructionCHICAGO – Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez announced four new road and bridge projects in the 20th District under the Illinois Department of Transportation’s five-year Highway Improvement Program, slated to begin in 2020.

“This is a smart, comprehensive plan to repair our roads and bridges, increasing reliability for drivers while also creating sustainable jobs for people in Illinois,” Martinez said.

The Highway Improvement Program released by Governor JB Pritzker and a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Monday includes:

  • $14.5 million to rehabilitate Montrose Ave. Bridge on I-94 Kennedy Expressway
  • $2.1 million for preservation repairs on Elston Ave. from I-94 Edens Expressway to Central Park Ave.
  • $600,000 for preservation repairs on I-94 from Edens Expressway to Hubbard St.
  • $420,000 to rehabilitate Avondale Ave. from Pulaski Rd. to Addison St.

The 20th District’s 2020 projects total an estimated $17.7 million to repair 2.56 miles of roadway, with more projects expected to begin in 2021.

In total, IDOT’s statewide program will invest $23.5 billion in improving and expanding roads and bridges throughout Illinois, more than double the size of the previous year’s Multi-Year Plan. Projects outlined in the plan will cover 4,212 miles of roadway and 9.2 million square feet of bridge deck statewide between 2020 and 2025.

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