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Law sponsored by Martinez gives former offenders a second chance

martinez 052016CHICAGO — A new law that gives ex-offenders a chance to pursue a career in the health care field becomes effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) sponsored the initiative in the Illinois Senate.

“I’m a believer in second chances, especially when someone has committed a non-violent offense at a young age,” Martinez said. “We’ve taken a needed step forward by giving former offenders an opportunity to prove that they are rehabilitated and be able to petition the state for a health care license.” 

Morrison questions DHS leaders on abuse, neglect allegations in group homes

morrison 101716SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Julie Morrison (D – Deerfield), vice-chairwoman of the Senate Human Services Committee, questioned leaders with the Department of Human Services (DHS) today over the recent Chicago Tribune investigative report highlighting improperly handled cases of abuse and neglect at group homes across the state.

The series, titled ‘Suffering in Secret,’ found allegations of abuse cover-ups and a complete lack of transparency that left the public and family members of abused group home residents in the dark.

Martinez demands resolution to issues at Logan Correctional Center (VIDEO)

martinez120116SPRINGFIELD — In response to a new study funded by the Department of Justice that found dire conditions among the inmate population at Logan Correctional Center, Majority Caucus Whip and Latino Caucus Co-Chair Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) released the following statement:

“I was strongly opposed to the closing of the Dwight correctional facility in 2013 and the transfer of female inmates, many of whom are from the Chicago area, to a state prison in Lincoln. As the new report states, this decision has put inmates and Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) staff in untenable conditions.

Cullerton moves veto override on Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (AUDIO)

jjc veto 120116Today the Senate voted to override the governor's veto of Senate Bill 2822 regarding appropriations for the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund. Here is the full text of Senate President John Cullerton's introduction of the bill and audio from the floor action.

"I move to override the governor's veto of Senate Bill 2822. I’d like to explain what the bill does and then give a little reaction to the governor's veto.