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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.

Manar reacts to automatic voter registration override vote

manar avr 112916Illinois voters and taxpayers will have to wait for the cost savings and streamlined bureaucracy that would have come with enacting automatic voter registration in the nation’s fifth largest state.

The Illinois House on Tuesday was unable to follow the Senate’s lead and override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a measure to enact automatic voter registration and help Illinois maintain its status as a leader in making voting as simple and convenient as possible for its residents.

Raoul continues work toward elected Chicago school board

raoul 111716SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13) presented legislation establishing an elected Chicago school board in today’s Senate Education Committee.

House Bill 557 passed the House in March with overwhelming bipartisan support. Over the objection of the Senate Republican Caucus, Senator Raoul pushed yesterday for the legislation to be heard in committee today.

“The legislation at hand is far too important to not be heard,” Raoul said. “We can all agree that CPS needs reforms and the best way to reach a solution is to continue conversation.”