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Martinez applauds SCOTUS ruling on census citizenship question

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2019 03:31 PM

martinez 022019SPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) released the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that there cannot be a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

“I am glad the Supreme Court acted in the best interest of all Americans by ruling against the Trump administration’s citizenship question. The proposed question was intended to frighten immigrants and discourage them from participating in the census, when full participation is vital to ensuring states get adequate representation in Congress and federal funding. The census is intended to be a full count of everyone residing in the United States, not a tool that the current president can use to further intimidate and terrorize immigrants.”

Sandoval lauds elimination of citizenship question from 2020 census

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2019 03:29 PM

sandoval 021519­SPRINGFIELD – Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) issued the following statement Thursday following the United States Supreme Court’s decision to bar a question about citizenship from the 2020 census:

“It’s been clear from the start that a citizenship question is a blatant attempt to diminish the political power of immigrant and Latino communities. An accurate count means accurate representation in government, and if this question is allowed on the 2020 census, many of the communities I represent be left without a voice.

“Today’s decision is a major win against yet another racist policy the Trump administration developed to further divide our nation, and, as the son of immigrants myself, I’m committed to continuing to fight against these policies and protecting those who come to Illinois in search of a better life.”

Supreme Court blocks citizenship question from being added to 2020 Census

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2019 03:28 PM

castro 010919ELGIN – State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration could not add a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census.

“The census is a sacred constitutional provision and it should be respected, not used to push a political agenda,” Castro said. “The census was created to find the most accurate data on all persons, not just citizens, and I’m happy to see that the Supreme Court didn’t allow this political intrusion to impact the accuracy of the census that we will use as a guide for the next decade.”

Morrison law increases burial benefit for fallen firefighters, law enforcement officers

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2019 02:22 PM

morrison 032719SPRINGFIELD – The burial benefit for law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty will increase under a new law by State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) that was signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker this week.

“Every day, law enforcement officers and firefighters put their lives on the line to protect us all,” Morrison said. “The least we can do for fallen officers or firefighters is ensure their families aren’t left with worry about burying their loved one.”


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