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  • Few specifics, missed opportunities in governor's budget speech (VIDEO)

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  • Latino Caucus supports Illinois National Guard troops deployed to Puerto Rico

    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.

  • Sandoval puts contractors on notice: “Do not participate in the construction of the wall”

    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.”

  • Sandoval receives international award for work on behalf of immigrants

    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 receives international award in Mexico

    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.

  • Sandoval supports education funding formula update

    sandoval sb231Yesterday, the Illinois Senate moved Senate Bill 231 to try and alleviate this problem, and Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) supports education funding reform.

    “For too many children in too many communities, their paths to excellence are blocked by the existing school finance system that shortchanges their schools and fails to provide needed resources," said Senate President John J. Cullerton. "It’s an injustice we’ve tolerated too long. Our students, parents, teachers and taxpayers are tired of the bickering; tired of the impasse. They’re looking for leaders with the courage to step beyond the status quo and do what’s right."

    Senate Bill 231 is an education finance reform bill that will change the way Illinois schools are funded. The new formula replaces the current method by taking into account characteristics of each school district, including low-income pupil count, number of English learners and special education students.

    “This is an important step to make sure low-income and minority students in my district get the education they deserve," said Senator Sandoval, an advocate on school construction, who has worked with Senator Manar for three years on this issue. Chicago Public Schools as well as Lyons, Summit, Argo Community, Berwyn, Cicero and Burbank schools look to benefit from the new formula.

    "Too many districts are struggling under the current way we finance schools in Illinois," Senator Sandoval said. “On behalf of students in my communities and across Illinois, I commend Senator Manar for his leadership on this critical issue. It comes at a crucial time for working families.”

    The bill passed the Illinois Senate and now heads to the Illinois House of Representatives.

  • Senate Democrats celebrate Latino Unity Day (VIDEO)

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  • Senator Sandoval denounces Trump on DACA rescission

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  • Senator Sandoval on immigration

    Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Cicero) explains why the word "alien" should be removed from state law and replaced with the word "immigrant."


  • Senator Sandoval on Latino Unity Day

    Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) offers his comments on Latino Unity Day.

    El Senador Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) ofrece comentario sobre el Dia de Unidad Latina.


  • Students, Sandoval want ugly “alien” label out of state law books

    Students, Sandoval want ugly “alien” label out of state law booksCHICAGO – Calling the term “illegal alien” a bigoted label from a bygone era, local high school students and state Senator Martin Sandoval are pushing legislation to replace “alien” with “undocumented immigrant” in Illinois law books.

    “The word ‘alien’ is really offensive. It's not just rude but it dehumanizes undocumented people, and that's not right," said Uriel Hernandez a ninth grader at Solorio Academy High School.

    "All workers, documented or undocumented, pay taxes and do their fair share, so there is no such thing as an "Illegal" person," added fellow ninth grader Delila Lopez.