census 062019 rSPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) announced that she has been appointed to the bipartisan, bicameral Census Advisory Panel, which will work to reach people in hard-to-count areas during the 2020 Census.

The panel was created as part of an executive order signed by Gov. JB Pritzker today to ensure a full census count in 2020. The order also establishes a Census Office within the Department of Human Services that will administer grants and conduct outreach and education about the census.

“I am thankful that the governor is taking the upcoming census so seriously and working to make sure that every resident in Illinois is counted,” Martinez said. “The consequences of an undercount would affect everyone in our state, so it is important that everyone be able to participate.”

The census is used to determine representation in Congress and federal funding, so Illinois could potentially lose up to two congressional seats and billions in federal dollars if there is an undercount in 2020.

The 2020 Census officially begins on April 1, 2020.

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05212019CW0201 rSPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) issued the following statement today after voting for a balanced budget that keeps Illinois on the path to stability:

“This budget continues the progress we have made since the disastrous budget crisis, but it does much more than that.

“It honors our commitments to those receiving pensions. It invests in our future by exceeding the minimum requirement for education funding and increasing funding for higher education and grants to help young people attend college. It restores much-needed funding to human service programs like domestic violence shelters and immigrant and refugee services, particularly important during a time of great fear for immigrants.

“This budget sends a clear message to the people of our state that we are working toward a brighter future for Illinois.”

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05312019CW0604 rSPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) issued the following statement today after voting in favor of the Reproductive Health Act, which ensures women’s reproductive health care decisions will remain protected in Illinois even if Roe v. Wade is overturned:

“We are sending a strong message to all women in Illinois today that we trust them to make their own decisions about their bodies.

“Women’s reproductive rights are under attack, with multiple states passing laws intended to trigger the overturn of Roe v. Wade. Illinois must remain committed to being a safe state where women, along with their doctors, can make the health care decisions that are best for them.”

Senate Bill 25 passed both the House and the Senate and now heads to the governor’s desk.

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05292019CM2035 rSPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) today passed legislation out of the Senate to overhaul the manner in which sexual assault investigations involving students are conducted.

The measure is a bipartisan effort to address the issue of educator misconduct in classrooms across the state.

“The importance of protecting our children is an issue we can all agree on, no matter our political party,” Martinez said. “The report released last year was shocking, and I am thankful to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for coming together to work on a solution. Students should be able to feel safe at school.”

Lawmakers began working on a solution after a Chicago Tribune article published late last year detailed a series of stories regarding children being harassed or abused during their time as students at Chicago Public Schools.

The measure addresses a multitude of issues such as: changing how a student is interviewed after making a complaint, increasing the frequency with which school districts must check statewide databases, lessening the re-traumatization of a student victim and creating a taskforce to continue to review these policy changes.

Among other provisions, the legislation also:

•    Requires school districts to review their existing policies and procedures concerning sexual abuse investigations every two years.
•    Requires the school district as a condition of employment to consider the status of a person who has been issued a finding of child abuse or neglect.
•    Provides for alternative hearing procedures if a student is under the age of 18.

Senate Bill 456 passed both the House and Senate without opposition and will now head to the governor’s desk.

 

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