SPRINGFIELD — Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago 20th) released the following statement after Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto on Senate Bill 1, legislation reforming Illinois’ worst-in-the nation school funding formula:

“I am deeply disappointed that Gov. Rauner failed to stand up for students today. He claims to care about education, and yet he rejected legislation that would fix our broken school funding system and provide an equal opportunity at education for every child in our state.

“Even worse, the governor’s continues to use our children as political pawns to pit different parts of the state against one another by spreading false claims about the measure giving preference to Chicago schools.

“Despite the governor’s unwillingness to compromise, I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to fight for a fair education for all our students.”

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Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) will be holding her annual Family Wellness and Back to School Fair with State Representative Jaime Andrade, Jr. (D-Chicago), Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa and Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo, Jr. next month.

The fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at Avondale Logandale School, 3212 W. George, on the corner of Kedzie and George.

“The start of the school year is a perfect time to check up on your health and learn about the services that are available in your community,” Martinez said. “The services at the event are designed to keep both kids and adults healthy all year long.”

Kids will receive free backpacks and healthy snacks at the fair and can get physicals, immunizations and dental screenings.

Services are available for parents and other adults, including blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol screenings.

For more information on the Family Wellness and Back to School Fair, please view the flyers below in English or Spanish or call Martinez’s office at (773) 278-2020.

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may31 presser rAfter shouldering the responsibility of crafting and passing a balanced budget last week, Senate Democrats expressed their frustration today that the governor and the House refused to finalize a deal to bring stability back to Illinois.

“The Senate Democrats have acted responsibly over the past five months,” State Senator Andy Manar (D – Bunker Hill) said. “We’ve passed major bills that the governor has both asked for and demanded in some cases. Along with that, we have advanced a budget to the House that lives within the governor’s spending limits that he put forward.”

The Senate Democrats’ balanced budget includes a mix of $3 billion in cuts and reductions to government spending, an increase in revenues and a host of reforms.

In addition to closing the nearly $5 billion hole in Gov. Rauner’s introduced budget, the Senate Democrats’ budget includes millions of dollars for human services and education – two vital areas that continue to suffer as the governor holds the state hostage.

“We stand very firm and proud of the fact that we did what we believed to be the right thing, which was to pass a fully funded budget which addresses things we’ve heard about for two years now,” State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) said. ” The cost of chaos is something you can’t manage.”

The budget provides the highest level of investment for colleges and universities they’ve seen in two years. It also restores funding for college grant (MAP) funding that Gov. Rauner slashed and would ensure public schools can open in the fall, with $330 million in additional funding, plus $35 million for after-school programs and advanced placement classes.

A variety of human service programs eliminated by the governor would be restored, including: autism support, youth employment, Teen Reach, community youth services, immigrant services and addiction prevention services.

“It’s time for the governor to do his job,” State Senator Don Harmon (D – Oak Park) said. “We’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting for the governor to do his job and all he does is campaign. It’s time to govern.”

“We now need the governor and the House to join in and get a balanced budget. We in the Senate did our jobs. We passed a balanced budget. We now need everyone to step up and do their jobs,” State Senator Heather Steans (D – Chicago) said.

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05312017CM0076 rMajority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) released the following statement on the Senate passing legislation creating an elected Chicago school board:

"The people on the Chicago Board of Education make decisions about the education of our children, decisions that can impact the rest of their lives. Surely their parents ought to have a say in who represents their children’s interests on that board. I am proud that we took action to ensure the Chicago school board answers to parents, not the mayor."

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Office Information

Springfield Office:
413 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8191
District Office:
2921 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 278-2020


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