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  • Sen. Martin A. SandovalSPRINGFIELD – Recent atrocities have highlighted a need for greater security at large-scale public events, and a plan by Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) in the Illinois Senate is working on providing it.

    Sandoval’s Senate Bill 2562 would give law enforcement the authority to use drones to prepare for or monitor security at large-scale events like concerts or rallies. The measure passed out of the Senate this week.

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  • sandoval 021519SPRINGFIELD – Legislation cosponsored by State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour passed the Illinois House of Representatives, marking a major win in the fight to ensure Illinois workers are guaranteed a fair wage.

    “As legislators, we are committed to guaranteeing a living wage and protecting the dignity of workers,” Sandoval said. “I’m glad to see that the House followed our lead in approving this historic legislation recognizing the benefits this bill will bring to working class families in Illinois.”

    Senate Bill 1 would gradually increase the minimum wage in Illinois to $15 an hour by 2025. The step-by-step rollout of the increase is designed to allow businesses to adjust to the law and adapt accordingly. The first increase will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020 and set the minimum wage at $9.25.

    Illinois’ minimum wage has been $8.25 an hour since 2010.

    Senate Bill 1 now awaits the governor’s signature.

  • latinocaucusCHICAGO – On World Refugee Day, the Illinois Senate Latino Caucus demands an end to the Trump administration’s inhumane practices of ripping apart families at the border.

    As a result of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ orders in April to adopt a zero-tolerance policy for illegal border crossings, including people requesting asylum, more than 2,300 children have been taken from their families and held in inhumane conditions.

  • sandoval 041218SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois Senate passed a resolution today condemning Gov. Bruce Rauner’s statement that he would comply should President Donald Trump order Illinois National Guard soldiers to the Mexican border.

    State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago), son of immigrants and Illinois Latino Caucus co-chair, sponsored the measure, Senate Resolution 1593, and had strong words for the governor.

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  • aquino 110917SPRINGFIELD-Illinois recently sent more than 100 Illinois Army National Guard troops to assist in the rebuilding of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, as many on the island continue to live without electricity or clean water.

    “Illinois has a large population of Puerto Ricans, and sending support to those who are struggling in their homeland is the right thing to do. I thank our troops who have been deployed to help as the people of Puerto Rico continue to rebuild,” said Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago), Co-Chairman of the Latino Caucus.

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  • SenSandovalCHICAGO – State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) has been appointed as the Chair of a first-in-the-nation bipartisan Special Committee on Supplier Diversity in the Illinois Senate.

    Sandoval was appointed on May 31 by Senate President John J. Cullerton. Sandoval will be tasked with ensuring public and private sector institutions offer opportunities for business and job growth for minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses.

    “The best solution to reduce crime, improve schools, balance our budgets and improve our communities starts with good jobs,” Sandoval said. “Expanding opportunities for small businesses to create those jobs is my personal mission and passion.”

  • sandoval 041118CHICAGO – State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago), the son of immigrant parents who crossed the Mexican border in 1959, issued the following response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s statement that he would comply if President Donald Trump ordered Illinois National Guard soldiers to the Mexican border:

    “Governor Rauner has shown us time and time again that he is totally unwilling to speak out against the president’s offensive, racist policies and statements. Sending Illinois National Guard soldiers to the border would be a ridiculous waste of taxpayer money. It would also send a message to immigrants in our state that they should be treated like criminals instead of valuable members of our communities. The governor needs to be a leader and stand up for the millions of immigrants living in Illinois.”

     

     

  • Sandoval named to Pritzker Infrastructure comCHICAGO – State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago), Chairman of the Illinois Senate’s Transportation Committee, was named to Governor-elect JB Pritzker’s Restoring Illinois’ Infrastructure Committee last week.

    “As the chair of the Senate Special Committee on Supplier Diversity, I work to ensure public and private sector institutions offer opportunities for business and job growth for minority, women and Veteran owned businesses, and I’ll do the same on this transition committee,” Sandoval said. “This work will build on the incoming administration’s commitment to building a state government that is representative of the people of Illinois, and I can’t wait to get started.”

    The committee is the 10th of several working groups of the transition to help guide the incoming Pritzker-Stratton administration. The committee will be chaired by Senator Sandoval, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Congressman Dan Lipinski, Congressman-elect Jesús Garcia, and State Rep. Jay Hoffman. The committee consists of 45 members.

    “Illinois’ role as a transportation hub for the nation is a critical component of our economy,” said Governor-elect JB Pritzker. “My administration will prioritize a comprehensive 21st Century Capital Bill to build the infrastructure we need to restore Illinois’ place as an economic leader.”

    Sandoval said he looks forward to continuing to serve Illinois and the residents of the Southwest Side of Chicago.

    “Governor-elect Pritzker and I are both committed to moving Illinois forward,” Sandoval said. “I look forward to this opportunity to serve with such a diverse and hard-working committee.

  • Senator SandovalSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) passed a measure Wednesday that would create a grant program aimed at preventing DUI offenses and supporting victims involved in DUI-related crashes.

    “The deaths of two Illinois State Troopers in the last month have demonstrated just how serious of an issue safety on Illinois’ roads has become,” Sandoval said. “It’s time for immediate action to make Illinois a safer place to travel.”

    Senate Bill 728 creates the DUI Prevention and Education Fund from which grants will be distributed to crash victim programs and materials, impaired driving prevention programs, law enforcement support and other DUI-related programs.

    Funding for these grants will come from the Illinois Department of Transportation’s currently unused Roadside Memorial Fund. No additional revenue will be raised to pay for the program.

    “With the availability of new ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, there’s just no excuse for driving under the influence anymore,” Sandoval said. “It’s time to make drunk driving a thing of the past in Illinois.”

    The measure passed the Illinois Senate 58-0. It will now go before the House of Representatives.

  • sandoval 041019SPRINGFIELD – A bill sponsored by State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) that would help protect confidential documents submitted with driver’s license of identification card applications passed the Illinois Senate Wednesday.

    “No one should have to fear that the personal information they submit to the state may end up in the wrong hands,” Sandoval said. “This is a simple, common-sense piece of legislation that will help ensure Illinoisans’ confidential information remains protected.”

    Senate Bill 1344 prohibits confidential documents submitted to the Secretary of State for driver’s license or ID card applications from being released through the Freedom of Information Act. The measure provides that these confidential documents may only be released to the following parties:

     

    • The individual to whom the driver’s license or ID card was issued
    • Officers and employees of the Secretary of State in charge of issuing driver’s licenses and ID cards
    • Law enforcement officials for a criminal or civil law investigation
    • Any other entity the Secretary has authorized by rule

    The measure will now go before the House of Representatives.

  • sandoval 041118­SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) commended the Illinois Department of Human Services’ decision Wednesday to issue Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits early to avoid a disruption that could hurt Illinois families on the Southwest side of Chicago.

    “Struggling families should not have to worry about where their next meal will come from because of the president’s costly and unnecessary government shutdown,” Sandoval said. “I am pleased to see that IDHS recognizes the importance of ensuring that Illinois families are able to claim the benefits they need to get through difficult times.”

    March SNAP benefits will be loaded into recipients’ accounts on March 1.

    February benefits through the program were issued in January as a result of the federal government shutdown, leaving a long gap before recipients would again be able to claim benefits on which they rely. Benefits are typically issued at different times throughout the month.

    SNAP is a federal program that provides food subsidies to families who cannot afford to buy groceries.

  • Senator Martin A. SandovalSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) announced today that he is sponsoring legislation to deter companies that do business with Illinois from participating in the construction of a wall along the nation’s southern border. He also released the following statement regarding President Trump’s speech before Congress about the wall:

    "I emphatically reject President Trump’s plans to build a wall at the border with Mexico. This aberration will be built based on prejudices, hate and racism that go against our core values of what it means to be an American, and it will damage our relationship with Mexico – a good neighbor, partner and friend.

    As a state lawmaker and Chairman of the Latino Caucus, I introduced a bill (SB 2091) that will label entities that do business with the state of Illinois and participate in the construction of the wall as a “restricted company.” This legislation sends a strong message that Illinois will not be part of this unreasonable and fiscally irresponsible project.
     
    Illinois, like the rest of the nation, has been built by immigrants, so I will make sure our state continuous to be a friendly and welcoming place to people from other countries.”

  • SandovalAwardIllinois State Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) was recently recognized by Mexico’s Congress for his work on policies that improve the quality of life of Mexican nationals in the United States.

    Sandoval received the Immigrant Solidarity award from the president of the National Chamber of Deputies in Mexico City in December.

    The award acknowledges people who contribute to the betterment of Mexican nationals abroad. Among those who have received this honor is former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

  • sandoval mexico awardState Senator Martin Sandoval received the” Solidarity Immigrant Award” from the leader of Mexico’s National Chamber of Deputies, Deputy Jesús Zambrano Grijalva, on December 15, 2015. Sandoval was distinguished for his lifetime commitment in favor of the Mexican diaspora in the United States.

    “I’m humbled for receiving this award in the name of my colleagues of the Illinois Senate whom had fought with me to provide the conditions for Mexican nationals to become productive individuals that greatly contribute to both, Mexico and the United States,” said Sandoval.

    “The Solidarity Immigrant Award” is granted to individuals whose work has a significant impact in the quality of life of millions of Mexican nationals living in the United States. Among previous recipients of this award was Antonio Villaraigosa, former Mayor of the City of Los Angeles.

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    CHICAGO –State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) announced his support Tuesday for teachers of Acero Charter Schools that have gone on strike.

    “Time and time again, across the country, we see administrations unwilling to give teachers a voice in their negotiations for equitable pay, fair benefits and the changes needed to do what is right for their students,” Sandoval said. “I stand with the teachers of Acero Schools because their fight is a fight for our students and a fight for the future of the Southwest Side.”