Latino Unity Day 3On Cinco de Mayo, dozens of organizations and activists traveled to Springfield for Latino Unity Day to make sure lawmakers do what’s right for the Latino community.

Senate President John J. Cullerton and Senate Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez joined members of the Illinois House at a morning rally in the Capitol. The elected officials speaking at the rally discussed issues that are important to the Latino community including restoring budget cuts and helping undocumented students get assistance for college.

After the rally, Latino Unity Day continued with a legislative luncheon, meetings with legislators and other activities.

“Today is about recognizing the important contributions Latinos make in our state every day,” said Senator Martinez.

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Illinois Hospital Association MeetingAfter meeting with representatives of the Illinois Hospital Association, State Senator Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago 20) joined Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13) at a press conference to discuss the importance of adequately funding the state’s Medicaid system.

The meeting comes at a time when Gov. Rauner has proposed to cut Medicaid by $1.5 billion. The proposed cuts would reduce coverage of adult dental care, podiatry, renal dialysis and hemophilia and funding for some mental health facilities.

“I am concerned that cutting Medicaid could jeopardize health care access for our state’s most vulnerable citizens and negatively impact our hospitals,” Martinez said.

According to the Illinois Hospital Association, the proposed cuts could lead to the loss of 12,000 healthcare jobs statewide. 40 percent of hospitals are now operating in the red.

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Martinez Press ConferenceSpringfield — Majority Caucus Whip and Latino Caucus Co-Chair Senator Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) is partnering with the Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Centers to encourage Latinos to donate blood.

Despite being the largest minority group in the United States, Latinos have a low blood donation rate.

Although less than four percent of blood donations are from Latinos, the majority of Latinos have type O blood. Type O blood is in high demand because it is the universal donor, making it important for more Latinos to donate blood.

Martinez is working with the state’s blood centers on a statewide campaign to increase awareness within the Latino community of the vital need for donating blood.

Last week, Senator Martinez spoke along with other members of the Latino Caucus at a press conference organized by the Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Centers.

You can click here for more information about the Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Centers.

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Senator Martinez Springfield — In response to zero-tolerance legislation enacted in Illinois in recent years, Senate Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) is fighting to give ex-offenders a fair shot at obtaining a professional license.

While ex-offenders who pose a threat to society should be denied a professional license, those who paid their dues and rehabilitated themselves deserve a second chance.

Under Martinez’s legislation, an ex-offender would be allowed to go through an appeal process to obtain a license for medical and therapy jobs. This plan is particularly important for young people who are banned from certain professions after making a mistake at an early age.

Senator Martinez was featured in an op-ed in the Chicago Sun-Times regarding ex-offender hiring.

You can read the full story here.

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