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Martinez calls for pension systems to promote diversity during hearing

martienz youthemplCHICAGO- Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) participated in a two-day Senate Special Committee on Pensions and Investments Hearing this week regarding the diversity of pension investment managers.

“It became apparent at this hearing that more work needs to be done by public employee pension systems to meet diversity goals,” Martinez said. “I’m particularly concerned that the numbers for Latinos are low.”

Committee makes immediate changes to child care program

ccapupdate mrDecision raises eligibility to crucial program for working families

CHICAGO - Since July 1, thousands of Illinois children have been turned away from the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). Cuts enacted by the governor dramatically lowered eligibility to CCAP, turning away 90 percent of previously eligible children.

Earlier this week, a state panel that sets rules for CCAP voted to enact an agreement reached by Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) and the governor restoring eligibility to 90% of applicants, according to Illinois Action for Children. For example, a family of two earning up to $2,151 a month can immediately access CCAP services. That family had been cut out by the governor.

Morrison looks to spur budget conversation, solutions with new proposal

morrison sb2190 presserSPRINGFIELD – At a time when the public increasingly wonders whether the governor and legislative leaders are meeting to try to resolve Illinois’ budget crisis, State Senator Julie Morrison (D – Deerfield) held a press conference today to introduce a proposal she hopes will prod those leaders to the negotiating table.

The measure, Senate Bill 2190, would require the governor and the four legislative leaders to meet publicly at least once per week to negotiate on the budget whenever the state enters a new fiscal year without a spending plan in place.

Senate welcomes Consul General of Philippines to the Chicago (AUDIO)

JJC Cons gen philThe Illinois Senate welcomed Generoso D. G. Calogne, Consul General of Philippines to the Chicago to the General Assembly on Thursday.

Mr. Calogne was introduced to the Senate by Senate President John J. Cullerton. Mr. Calogne has served as Consul General of the Philippines to the Chicago since 2014. Prior to this post, he served as Consul General to Israel.