02192019CW2123 rSPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) is continuing her work to expand opportunities for students at the University of Illinois to run for the position of student trustee by amending the university’s residency status requirements.

“Our institutions of higher education should be about promoting leadership opportunities,” Martinez said. “Being a student trustee is one good way students can serve and enhance their skills. And students who serve in these positions will graduate with an appreciation for the importance of civic engagement.”

Martinez first introduced similar legislation in 2016 after being contacted by an undocumented student who was unable to run for student trustee, despite the fact that he was enrolled in the university and an Illinois resident. The University of Illinois is a proponent of the initiative.

The University of Illinois Trustee Act requires students to be residents of Illinois in order to be selected as a student trustee.

Residency is currently demonstrated by three factors:

  • Evidence of the student’s residence in Illinois for at least the previous six months
  • A valid Illinois driver’s license or Illinois identification card
  • Being registered to vote in Illinois

But under Martinez’s proposal, a student would have to live in Illinois for six months and either have a driver’s license or ID card, or register to vote in Illinois.

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the plan in 2016, and the House failed to call it for a vote after it was reintroduced and passed the Senate in 2017.

Senate Bill 172 passed the Senate Higher Education Committee on Tuesday and now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

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SPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) issued the following statement after Gov. JB Pritzker delivered his first budget address Wednesday:

“Gov. Pritzker has proposed a balanced budget that takes seriously our commitment to restoring stability to Illinois after years of uncertainty.

“I was glad to see the governor prioritize education by exceeding the minimum amount required by our new school funding formula and by investing in early childhood and higher education.

“Even though he did not mention it in his budget address, I know Gov. Pritzker has made a commitment to immigrants in our state and I look forward to talking with him more about providing and protecting vital immigrant services.”

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SPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) issued the following statement after the Senate voted to approve legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in Illinois by 2025:

“This raise for the hard-working people of our state is long overdue. It is unacceptable for someone who works full-time to struggle to pay for food and housing costs. I am glad we finally took a step towards making sure our working families receive a living wage.”

Martinez is the chief-cosponsor of Senate Bill 1, which passed the Senate 39-18 today and heads to the House for consideration.

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With Chicago Public Schools closed on Wednesday, January 30, the Chicago Park District will provide parents with free “drop-in” activities for youth and teens between the hours of 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the designated Park District warming centers.

 

Regularly scheduled Chicago Park District programs have been cancelled for Wednesday, January 30.

 

The Chicago Park District is operating park fieldhouse locations citywide as “warming centers,” providing shelter for those in need. The warming centers will be open under normal park location operating hours, unless otherwise posted.

 

The full list of warming center/drop-in locations, as well as registration for drop-in activities, is available at www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.

 

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