Senate Bill 250 VetoCHICAGO — After the governor vetoed legislation today that would have brought automatic voter registration to Illinois, Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) issued the following statement:

Automatic voter registration has been implemented successfully in other states and been proven to decrease barriers to voting and save taxpayer dollars. That’s why the governor’s veto is disappointing. Our democracy is stronger when we make it more convenient for people to get registered to vote and have a direct say in who represents them. While the veto is a setback, I am hopeful that advocates of the bill can continue to work with the governor on legislation he can agree to that would bring automatic voter registration to Illinois.

Under the plan that was vetoed, when a qualified voter provides all of the information necessary for voter registration to a government agency, he or she would automatically be registered to vote. Voters who wish to opt out of automatic voter registration could do so.

Other states that have adopted automatic voter registration have seen increases in voter registration rates. Since Oregon's law took effect in January 2016, its registration rates are nearly four times higher than they were in 2014. California’s automatic registration law is expected to add an additional 6.7 million voters to the voting rolls.

 Martinez co-sponsored Senate Bill 250 in the Illinois Senate.

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Martinez healthFinalCHICAGO – To ensure students are prepared to start the school year and that both children and adults have access to health and wellness services, Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) will be hosting her annual Family Wellness and Back to School Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 11, at Avondale Logandale School, 3212 W. George Street.

Kids can receive free backpacks and school supplies at the fair and get physicals, immunizations and dental screenings.

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

The Secretary of State’s Office and additional agencies will provide information about what they have to offer.

What: Family Wellness and Back to School Fair

Where: Avondale Logandale School, 3212 W. George Street

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11

 

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Martinez SB 2204 ReleaseSPRINGFIELD — When Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) learned that an undocumented University of Illinois student was prevented from running for the position of student trustee because he was unable to show that he was a registered voter in Illinois, she filed legislation to fix the problem.

That proposal passed out of the Illinois Senate and House, but it was vetoed by the governor today.

“I am disappointed by the governor’s veto,” Martinez said. “College is about helping students grow inside and outside of the classroom, and it should not be difficult for a student to be allowed to run for a leadership position at their university. The governor had a chance to open up opportunities to students, but he unfortunately chose not to do so.”

The student who inspired Martinez’s proposal was unable to run for the student trustee position, despite the fact that he was enrolled in the university and an Illinois resident.

The University of Illinois Trustee Act requires students to be residents of Illinois in order to be selected as a student trustee.

Residency is demonstrated by three factors:

•Evidence of the student’s residence in Illinois for at least the previous six months

•A valid Illinois driver’s license

•Being registered to vote in Illinois

However, under Martinez’s proposal, Senate Bill 2204, a student would only have to meet one of the three factors to demonstrate Illinois residency.

The University of Illinois supported this initiative and worked with Martinez to get it passed out of the legislature.

“I will continue to work with the University of Illinois and other proponents of this bill to override the governor’s veto,” Martinez said.

 

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Martinez healthFinalCHICAGO — 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) and Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa next month.

The fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at Avondale Logandale School, 3212 W. George, on the corner of Kedzie and George.

“With the school year about to start, it’s a perfect time to have an event that serves as a central location for wellness checkups and information about what programs are available for people in our community,” Martinez said. “The services provided are designed to keep children and adults healthy.”

Kids can receive free backpacks and school supplies at the fair and get physicals, immunizations and dental screenings.

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

The Secretary of State’s Office and additional agencies will provide information about what they have to offer.

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

 

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