3Martinez FBSPRINGFIELD – Following the Illinois General Assembly’s passage of a budget prioritizing funding public education and health services, Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) released the following statement:
“Regardless of the financial downfalls caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, our state remains committed to our students and residents. I was proud to negotiate and vote for a budget that makes responsible decisions based on our economic reality, while maintaining ample funds for P-12 public schools and the Department of Human Services to help our state’s most vulnerable population.”

SPRINGFIELD – Luego que la Asamblea General aprobó un presupuesto que da prioridad a el financiamiento de la educación pública y los servicios de salud, la Líder y Asistente de la Mayoría, senadora estatal Iris Y. Martínez (D-Chicago) dio a conocer la siguiente declaración:

“Independientemente de la caída financiera causada por la pandemia del COVID-19, nuestro estado sigue comprometido con nuestros estudiantes y residentes. Me enorgullece el haber votado y negociado un presupuesto que incluye decisiones responsables basadas en nuestra realidad económica, al tiempo que destina fondos suficientes para las escuelas P-12 y el Departamento de Servicios Sociales que sirve a nuestra población más vulnerable en Illinois”.

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CHICAGO – Ten educators in Illinois have received Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching this month, and Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez extends her congratulations to three prestigious award-winning teachers at schools in her district.

“It’s an immense honor to have one teacher in our district receive this award, let alone three,” Martinez said. “Especially in the age of e-learning, dedicated educators are one of our best hopes to protect our students from falling behind.”

The following educators at schools in the 20th Senate District were selected to receive the award:

  • Mary Kovats, fifth grade teacher at Carl Von Linne Elementary School;
  • Jenine Wehbeh seventh and eighth grade teacher at John B. Murphy Elementary School; and
  • Colleen McKenna, fourth grade teacher at Salmon P. Chase Elementary School.

Golden Apple, the leading Illinois nonprofit committed to preparing, honoring and supporting exemplary educators who advance educational opportunities for students, honors 10 teachers every year in grades four through eight at schools within the state.

“The influence educators have on their student’s futures is immeasurable, and we’re so fortunate to have three of the best committed to enhancing the lives of youth in Chicago elementary schools,” Martinez said. “On behalf of the 20th District, I commend Mary Kovats, Jenine Wehbeh and Colleen McKenna on this esteemed honor.”

The Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching honors outstanding teachers for their roles in having lasting, positive effects on students’ lives and building stronger communities. Teacher award recipients demonstrate – in their teaching and results – significant, positive impact on their students’ growth and learning.

For more information and the complete list of winners, visit www.GoldenApple.org.

Mary Kovats

Mary Kovats

Jenine Wehbeh

Jenine Wehbeh

Colleen McKenna

Colleen McKenna

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Logo e1441383076318CHICAGO – In an effort to expand testing access to underserved communities with high minority populations, Norwegian American Hospital has opened a fully-functioning site in Humboldt Park and Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) is encouraging residents with COVID-19 symptoms to make an appointment.

“To address the health inequities on the northwest side, we’ve secured additional testing resources and made them available to residents in need,” Martinez said. “I want to commend everyone who made this possible for the safety and well-being of our community.”

The hospital is located at 1044 N. Francisco Ave. in Chicago, and residents can call the hospital directly at 773-292-8363 from 2-4 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule an appointment.

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(217) 782-8191
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Chicago, IL 60618
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