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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03202019CM0609 rCHICAGO – To ensure underserved communities are considered in plans to restore the state’s economy after the COVID-19 crisis, Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) has been appointed as a member of the bipartisan Restore Illinois Collaborative Commission.

“Communities of color have been hit the hardest during the pandemic, and it’s up to state lawmakers to prioritize their needs while recommending policies and practices to safely reopen,” Martinez said. “I look forward to voicing concerns from my constituents and other minority residents in this collaborative group to recommend solutions that work for everyone in Illinois.”

The Restore Illinois Collaborative Commission will enable cooperation between the legislative and executive branches in dealing with the public health and economic crises caused by COVID-19. The commission will work closely with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity on plans to revive the various sectors of the Illinois economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The commission is made up of 14 members drawn from both political parties and both chambers of the General Assembly.

DCEO will provide a written report to the commission and the General Assembly every month regarding the status of current and proposed recovery efforts with metrics and other information to demonstrate the state’s progress. The first report will be delivered July 1.

“Getting a diverse group of legislators in the same discussions and negotiations for reopening the state safely ensures all voices and concerns are heard,” Martinez said. “I am thankful for this opportunity and am excited to get started.”

The Restore Illinois Collaborative Commission was created by Senate Bill 2135 during the special legislative session.

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