SPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) issued the following statement after Gov. JB Pritzker delivered his first budget address Wednesday:

“Gov. Pritzker has proposed a balanced budget that takes seriously our commitment to restoring stability to Illinois after years of uncertainty.

“I was glad to see the governor prioritize education by exceeding the minimum amount required by our new school funding formula and by investing in early childhood and higher education.

“Even though he did not mention it in his budget address, I know Gov. Pritzker has made a commitment to immigrants in our state and I look forward to talking with him more about providing and protecting vital immigrant services.”

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SPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) issued the following statement after the Senate voted to approve legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in Illinois by 2025:

“This raise for the hard-working people of our state is long overdue. It is unacceptable for someone who works full-time to struggle to pay for food and housing costs. I am glad we finally took a step towards making sure our working families receive a living wage.”

Martinez is the chief-cosponsor of Senate Bill 1, which passed the Senate 39-18 today and heads to the House for consideration.

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SPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) issued the following statement today after Gov. JB Pritzker signed an executive order strengthening the state’s commitment to welcoming immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers:

“Our country was founded by immigrants who came here looking to build a better life for themselves and their families. We would not be where we are today if it were not for the contributions they made and continue to make to our society.

“Welcoming immigrants, particularly those fleeing danger like refugees and asylum seekers, is at the core of our American values. Officials at the federal level, including the president, seem to have forgotten that. I’m glad we in Illinois still remember what our country is about.”

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04242018CM0869 rDear friends,

I am happy to announce that Gov. JB Pritzker yesterday signed legislation requiring gun dealers to be certified by the state into law.

I was the chief co-sponsor of this legislation in the Senate, and I have worked with its sponsor, Senator Don Harmon, for years to hold the handful of unethical gun dealers in our state accountable and keep illegal guns off our streets.

The Chicago Police 2017 Gun Trace Report found that almost 20 percent of guns used in crimes in Chicago could be traced back to a handful of suburban gun dealers. This new law will crack down on straw purchases while still protecting law-abiding gun owners’ rights.

I am proud to have supported this legislation through the Senate and am thankful to the governor for signing it into law. Gun violence is a complicated problem, however, and it will not be fixed with one new law. I will continue to work in the Senate to pass legislation to curb gun violence and keep our communities safe.

If you have any questions about this or any other legislation, please send me an email or call my district office at (773) 278-2020.

Sincerely,

Senator Iris Y. Martinez
Assistant Majority Leader, 20th Senate District

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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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