Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) today welcomed to Springfield a group of Chicago youth who biked for three days, 210 miles from Chicago to Springfield.

The Bikes and Roses cycling team, led by low-income youth from Albany Park, Belmont-Cragin, and North Austin began their 3rd annual “Shift Gears Illinois” bike tour last Saturday to once again call on Governor Rauner to pass a budget investing in education, after school programs and youth jobs.

Martinez praised the group’s commitment to their education and to improving their communities.

“It is important that we show the governor and his administration that this budget is critical, that the MAP grants and summer jobs are essential,” she said. “Youth programs such as Bikes and Roses, are excellent examples of how the state can address the violence and poverty in our communities.”

You can view Martinez's remarks below.

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Illinois has unfortunately gone two years without a complete budget. Gov. Bruce Rauner has a chance to do his job tomorrow and put an end to the state’s suffering.

The Illinois Senate has been working on a balanced budget plan that funds higher education and human services. Now it’s time to see a balanced budget plan from the governor, which he hasn’t presented in two years but is required to do.

The governor is scheduled to deliver his budget speech at noon and unveil his plan for the next state budget year, July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

The Illinois Constitution requires the governor to propose a balanced budget.

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Senate Democrats react to Trumps First WeekSenate Democrats reacted to some of President Donald Trump’s more controversial acts during his first week in the White House, including a vow to “send in the Feds” to deal with the Chicago gun violence and an executive order targeting sanctuary cities.

Senate Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez of Chicago expressed disappointment in Gov. Bruce Rauner for failing to acknowledge the president’s anti-immigration plans in Wednesday’s state of the state address.

“If the governor would stand up for his constituents instead of remaining silent about Trump’s immigration plans, the people of Illinois would be better off,” Martinez said.

Evanston, Chicago and other Illinois cities are doing the right thing in vowing to stand strong against President Donald Trump’s efforts to shame and coerce them for offering sanctuary to immigrants, state Senator Daniel Biss said.

“President Trump’s actions this week are further evidence that he lacks a moral compass,” said Biss, an Evanston Democrat, in denouncing the president’s executive order pledging to strip federal funding from sanctuary cities around the nation.

Senator Patricia Van Pelt of Chicago sharply criticized Rauner for his comments on Chicago in the wake of Trump’s incendiary tweets about the city’s gun violence.

“Gov. Rauner may have touted his work on criminal justice reform, but his recent comments calling Chicago the murder capital and his refusal to stand up to President Trump, rather than actually investing in programs that would help reduce crime in Chicago, speaks volumes,” she said.

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Senior Freeze ReleaseThe office of Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios has mailed Senior and Senior Freeze Exemption renewal applications for Tax Year 2016. Savings from these exemptions will appear as deductions on the 2017 Second Installment Property Tax Bills mailed this summer.

Nearly 300,000 applications were mailed to seniors who received the exemptions last year. The application deadline is Wednesday, February 8th and it is imperative that seniors return their application(s) in order to receive their exemption savings on their tax bills.

The Senior Exemption application is part of a booklet sent to eligible seniors. The booklet also contains the separate, income-based Senior Freeze Exemption application.

Seniors receiving the Senior Citizen Exemption automatically receive the Homeowner Exemption. Seniors receiving the Senior Freeze Exemption automatically receive both the Homeowner and Senior Citizen Exemptions.

Eligible seniors who have never applied for the Senior and/or Senior Freeze Exemptions in the past may visit the Assessor's web site at and download an application or contact the Assessor's Office at 312-443-7550 and request a form be mailed to them. Applications for the Homeowner Exemption are also available online. Applications for additional exemptions administered by the Assessor's Office will be available within the next few weeks.




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