05292018CM0979 rSPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) passed legislation out of the Senate yesterday expanding the Grow Your Own Teacher initiative, a program designed to train people to become teachers in hard-to-staff schools.

The measure extends eligibility for the program to high school students enrolled at dual-credit courses at participating colleges and universities and to all pre-K teachers, not just those teaching at public schools.

“We have a great need for teachers in our state, especially in early childhood education,” Martinez said. “If we have people willing to teach, especially in low-income areas, we should help them.”

The Grow Your Own Teacher initiative provides financial, academic and emotional support to people studying to become teachers. After graduation, participants commit to teaching at least five years at a high-needs school or in a high-needs teaching position, usually at schools with a high percentage of low-income students.

House Bill 4882 passed both the House and the Senate and now heads to the governor’s desk.  

Category: News

Join us for a free shredding AND electronic recycling event on June 9 from 9-noon. Note a new location - parking lot of The Chicago Academy, 3400 N. Austin Ave.

recycling event flyer

Category: News

Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez spoke this week at a rally with charter school advocates, proclaiming her support for all public schools.

“I will fight the fight to make sure that there are adequate dollars going to everyone,” Martinez said. “It’s about equity, and charter schools should not be treated any less than what they are – a public institution.”

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools was at the Capitol today in support of Senate Joint Resolution 64. The resolution, which Martinez cosponsors, calls for a task force to be established to examine charter public schools facilities issues.

You can view Martinez’s full remarks below.

Category: News

Students and teachers from dozens of Illinois schools came to the Capitol today to show lawmakers how they are using technology in their schools as part of the TECH 2018 event.

Since 1990, students and teachers have set up displays to show off their classroom projects and demonstrate how technology is the enabling tool of the modern learning environment. The schools facilitate access to tools and resources that promote accountability, communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. Students then plan and develop what they will present and demonstrate at TECH day.

Senator Martinez welcomed students from Carl Von Linne Elementary who completed a project on creative app design.

05102018KS5096 r 05102018KS5094 r

Category: News

Office Information

Springfield Office:
413 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8191
District Office:
2921 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 278-2020


Find Your Legislator