CHICAGO – Ten educators in Illinois have received Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching this month, and Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez extends her congratulations to three prestigious award-winning teachers at schools in her district.

“It’s an immense honor to have one teacher in our district receive this award, let alone three,” Martinez said. “Especially in the age of e-learning, dedicated educators are one of our best hopes to protect our students from falling behind.”

The following educators at schools in the 20th Senate District were selected to receive the award:

  • Mary Kovats, fifth grade teacher at Carl Von Linne Elementary School;
  • Jenine Wehbeh seventh and eighth grade teacher at John B. Murphy Elementary School; and
  • Colleen McKenna, fourth grade teacher at Salmon P. Chase Elementary School.

Golden Apple, the leading Illinois nonprofit committed to preparing, honoring and supporting exemplary educators who advance educational opportunities for students, honors 10 teachers every year in grades four through eight at schools within the state.

“The influence educators have on their student’s futures is immeasurable, and we’re so fortunate to have three of the best committed to enhancing the lives of youth in Chicago elementary schools,” Martinez said. “On behalf of the 20th District, I commend Mary Kovats, Jenine Wehbeh and Colleen McKenna on this esteemed honor.”

The Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching honors outstanding teachers for their roles in having lasting, positive effects on students’ lives and building stronger communities. Teacher award recipients demonstrate – in their teaching and results – significant, positive impact on their students’ growth and learning.

For more information and the complete list of winners, visit

Mary Kovats

Mary Kovats

Jenine Wehbeh

Jenine Wehbeh

Colleen McKenna

Colleen McKenna

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Logo e1441383076318CHICAGO – In an effort to expand testing access to underserved communities with high minority populations, Norwegian American Hospital has opened a fully-functioning site in Humboldt Park and Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) is encouraging residents with COVID-19 symptoms to make an appointment.

“To address the health inequities on the northwest side, we’ve secured additional testing resources and made them available to residents in need,” Martinez said. “I want to commend everyone who made this possible for the safety and well-being of our community.”

The hospital is located at 1044 N. Francisco Ave. in Chicago, and residents can call the hospital directly at 773-292-8363 from 2-4 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule an appointment.

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Grant program for microbusinesses FBCHICAGO – With the global COVID-19 pandemic forcing thousands of businesses to close, Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) encourages eligible Chicago business owners to apply for the new Microbusiness Recovery Grant Program.

“While well-intended, many of the assistance programs available are not accessible to the smallest business owners,” Martinez said. “This program offers relief for the working people who desperately need it.”

The Microbusiness Recovery Grant Program will award 1,000 businesses with four or fewer employees a one-time grant of $5,000. The grant money, funded entirely by private donations, must be used as working capital for expenses such as payroll, rent, insurance or taxes. Applications are available in English and Spanish on the City of Chicago’s website and are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 4, 2020.

Eligibility requirements for the program include:

·      Four or fewer employees,

·      Less than $250,000 annual revenue,

·      Located in the city of Chicago,

·      In business for at least one year,

·      25% decrease in revenue due to COVID-19, and

·      Located in a low- or moderate-income Community Area.

Applicants must provide a valid ID and completed W9 form. CityKey is an accepted form of ID. Recipients will be chosen by a lottery on May 11 and issued their grant within two business days.

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SOS ClosedAll Illinois Secretary of State offices and Driver Service facilities are CLOSED to the public through March 31, 2020, due to the COVID-19.
Expiration dates for driver’s licenses, identification (ID) cards, vehicle registrations and other transactions and document filings will be extended by 30 days through an emergency rule. For more information, visit
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