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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