Martinez 2017 Budget ReactSPRINGFIELD — After listening to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget address, Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) issued the following statement:

“I am deeply frustrated with the governor. He once again failed to meet his constitutional requirement of presenting a balanced budget. While the governor fails to do his job, the state’s backlog of bills is growing, public universities are going without needed state aid and programs for seniors, youth services and victims of sexual assault are left without state funding.

Since the governor doesn’t want to do his job and get serious about getting Illinois out of the budget impasse he created, I’ll continue working with my colleagues in the Senate to do his job for him. The people of Illinois deserve a balanced budget that funds higher education, human services and other core services.”

 

 

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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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Real ID PhotoSPRINGFIELD — Drivers could apply for a driver’s license that meets federal ID requirements and makes it easier for them to fly under a plan passed through the Senate Executive Committee today by Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago).

Martinez’s initiative creates a two-tiered REAL ID system under which applicants for drivers’ licenses and identification cards may choose to apply for either a REAL ID-compliant license/ID card or a non-compliant license/ID card.

“What’s good about having a two-tiered system is that it gives people a choice,” Martinez said. “If someone knows they aren’t going to be flying or choose not to be REAL ID compliant, then there is another option available for them.”

Illinois has been taking strides to become fully REAL ID-compliant and has an extension from the federal government to become compliant by October 2017. However, the Department of Homeland Security has said that by January, 2018, passengers with a driver’s license issued in a state that is not compliant with the REAL ID Act will have to show an alternative form of identification to board a plane.

Under Martinez’s proposal, applicants for REAL ID-compliant identification must present documents including a certified copy of their birth certificate and immigration documents or a U.S. passport. Non-compliant licenses and ID cards will be issued pursuant to current requirements.

“The two-tiered system has been used successfully in other states that have achieved full REAL ID compliance,” Martinez said. “It’s imperative that Illinois has a system in place that is efficient and responsive to the needs of the people of our state.”

States such as Arizona, Nevada, West Virginia and Wisconsin offer the two options. In Wisconsin, only 22 percent of citizens have chosen to apply for the REAL ID-compliant card. Wisconsin officials have stated that many citizens who do not fly or visit federal facilities have opted for the noncompliant card.

Martinez’s legislation, Senate Bill 674, is supported by the Illinois Secretary of State’s office.

“This legislation gives customers the right to choose between applying for a REAL ID-compliant DL/ID and a noncompliant DL/ID,” said Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. “If you are someone who doesn’t use air travel or have a reason to visit a federal facility or military base, or prefer to use a U.S. passport which itself is considered REAL ID compliant, the noncompliant card may be a viable option.”

The federal REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, establishes standards for issuing identification cards and prevents federal agencies from accepting identification cards from state’s that have not implemented the act’s requirements.

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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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