martinez2014c rCHICAGO — Former Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez has accepted a new leadership position as assistant majority leader of the Illinois Senate, an elevated role that will enable her to continue drawing attention to important issues while serving her district and the people of Illinois with energy and passion.

“I am honored and humbled to accept this leadership role,” said Martinez, who in 2002 became the first Hispanic woman elected to the Illinois Senate. “I look forward to continuing to use my position as a senator and a leader to work for my constituents and all citizens of Illinois.”

Martinez, a Chicago Democrat, was appointed to the leadership role by Senate President John Cullerton.

She served as assistant majority leader from 2007 to 2008 and was named majority caucus whip in 2013.

As a state senator, Martinez has advocated for affordable housing, expanded health care access and proper care for seniors and the disabled. She is a tireless champion of programs that improve the quality of education in Illinois, and she uses her involvement with the Latino Legislative Caucus to advocate for minorities and immigrants.

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041310br0098 rSPRINGFIELD — Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) issued the following statement after Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget address:

“The governor’s proposed budget will disproportionately harm low-income, minority and immigrant communities through deep cuts to programs like childcare assistance, addiction prevention and treatment services, immigrant integration services and welcoming centers.

With these communities already under attack from the federal government, I would hope that our governor would stand up for the most vulnerable among us. I am once again disappointed that he did not.”

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On Wednesday, March 28 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, I will be participating in an LGBT Town Hall Meeting with my colleagues Senator Omar Aquino and State Representative Will Guzzardi. Please join us for this Town Hall, organized by Equality Illinois and ALMA, as we aim to engage residents in a conversation on the current state of the LGBTQ community in Illinois and the ongoing issues to work on.

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04272017CM0704 rSPRINGFIELD —Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) is vowing to continue to oppose federal policies that harm immigrant communities in the wake of the Trump administration’s decision to end protection for hundreds of thousands of Salvadorans living and working in the United States.

“Kicking more than 200,000 people out of the country they have come to call home is shockingly cruel, even for such an anti-immigrant administration,” Martinez said. “These men and women contribute greatly to our society, and they deserve to be here as much as anyone else.”

Trump announced earlier this week that he is ending Temporary Protected Status for people who came to the United States from El Salvador following devastating earthquakes in the country in 2001.

“We are talking about people who have called our country home for more than 15 years,” Martinez said. “Telling them to pack up and leave after they have worked so hard to establish a life for themselves here goes against everything we stand for as Americans.”

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