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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Martinez HB4330SPRINGFIELD — A proposal that will help students meet foreign language requirements when they apply for college has been signed into law.

Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) sponsored the initiative in the Senate.

Under the new law, state universities and community colleges would have to accept the State Seal of Biliteracy as the equivalent of two years of foreign language learning taken during high school.

The State Seal of Biliteracy, which Martinez worked to establish, is awarded to high school students demonstrating proficiency in English and at least one other language.

“This law is another step forward for our students and bilingual education,” Martinez said. “Now students can meet foreign language requirements as a result of their participation in the State Seal of Biliteracy program.”

House Bill 4330 provides that the rules the Illinois State Board of Education establishes for the program must ensure that a student meets two years of foreign language requirements for college admissions purposes.

It’s optional for schools to offer a State Seal of Biliteracy to students. For the 2015-16 school year, 54 Illinois schools were approved for the State Seal of Biliteracy.

The law also requires state universities and community colleges to establish criteria to translate a State Seal of Biliteracy into course credit.

House Bill 4330 is effective Jan. 1, 2017.

 

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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