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Martinez: Rauner should stand up for his constituents by opposing Trump’s plans on immigration

martinez sos 012517SPRINGFIELD — Senate Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State of the State address in which he did not address President Trump’s immigration plans:

“It’s unfortunate that Governor Rauner did not use his State of the State address to stand up for the residents of our state who will be hurt by the president’s action on immigration.

Cullerton, Radogno continue to work together for Senate compromise

jjc cr CST 0117President Cullerton and Leader Radogno met with the Sun-Times Editorial Board Thursday afternoon to ask for the paper's support on the major legislation package in the works by bipartisan members of the Senate.

The Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Brown's column this morning describes the elements of the package designed to overcome the long-standing budget impasse, as well as characterizing the compromise efforts as refreshing.

Read the full column here.

Sen Hunter: Wednesdays should be sugarless in Illinois (VIDEO)

hunter sugarlessSPRINGFIELD – A spoon full of sugar may help the medicine go down, but too much sugar in your diet can mean a lifetime of expensive health problems. That’s why Senator Mattie Hunter is partnering with the American Heart Association and the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity to promote “Sugarless Wednesday”, an initiative aimed to raise awareness of the harmful effects of added sugar in our daily diets.

“Sugarless Wednesday” began Jan. 4 with a goal of people eliminating soda and cutting back on sweets and sugary snacks each Wednesday of the month.

The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

mlk jrThis Monday, Americans will pause to remember the tireless work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who dedicated his life to advancing civil rights and justice for African-Americans and other marginalized groups throughout the United States.

In honor of Dr. King, many Americans will take the day to volunteer in their communities. Serve Illinois, a state commission tasked with increasing volunteerism, offers information on a multitude of volunteer opportunities across the state.

This Monday, we remember the timeless words of Dr. King: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”