Martinez Floor 1SPRINGFIELD — When Gov. Rauner’s budget proposal eliminated funding for the Children’s Place Association, a preschool program specializing in serving low-income families who have HIV/AIDS and a wide range of other serious medical conditions, Senate Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) immediately spoke out in support of restoring the center’s vital programs.

Last week, Senator Martinez voted to maintain funding for the Children’s Place Association for another year.

“It is unfortunate that the governor targeted the Children’s Place Association for cuts,” Martinez said. “Gov. Rauner campaigned on making Illinois a more compassionate state, but there is no compassion in eliminating this organization’s funding. Children and families who have medical conditions such as HIV/AIDS, autism and epilepsy need to be cared for.”

The Children’s Place Association serves more than 350 children and families across the Chicago region. For some with HIV/AIDS, it is the only resource they have nearby.

In addition to providing preschool activities to children with specific medical conditions, the Children’s Place Association also offers supportive housing as well as food, rental and utility assistance to those in need.

Senator Martinez’s support for funding the Children’s Place Association is part of a broader budget she sent to the governor’s desk that funds essential programs for the most vulnerable in our communities.

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