Martwick announces library grants to local school districts

BooksCHICAGO – Six school districts will receive more than $6,000 in grants through the Illinois Secretary of State’s School Library Grant program, Senator Rob Martwick announced today.

“Our school libraries have a phenomenal impact on our student’s academic achievements,” said Martwick. “This grant program will allow our libraries to help train our children to compete for jobs in a global economy.”

The grants, which are issued by the Illinois State Library, allow public schools to improve technology by purchasing new computers or improving Wi-Fi connectivity, acquire books, educational CDs and DVDs, and library subscriptions to electronic resources.

“Today’s students not only need to be good readers, but also be able to evaluate and use information to develop cognitive skills,” said Martwick. “Our schools have amazing librarians who are helping educate the minds of the next generation. This grant will help aid them in continuing their mission and training the future leaders of our great state.”

Information about the grant program can be found at: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/schoolpercapgrant.html.

Schools receiving school library grants include:

  • East Maine School District #63— $2,046
  • Schiller Park School District #81— $970.50
  • Board of Education District #80— $787.50
  • Union Ridge School District #86— $750
  • Ridgewood Community High School District #234— $750
  • Pennoyer School District #79— $750

Martwick fights for ethics reforms in Springfield

martwick 111819SPRINGFIELD – Moving quickly to enact ethics reforms in Springfield, State Senator Robert Martwick (D-Chicago) lent his support to two measures that will help increase lobbying transparency and create an ethics commission that will lay the groundwork for comprehensive ethics reform.

“Open and honest government are the pillars of Democracy,” Martwick said. “These initiatives will move our state in a positive direction to help change the culture, close loopholes and create clear guidelines for putting an end to the political games corrupt politicians play at the expense of taxpayers.”

Martwick co-sponsored Senate Bill 1639, which takes aim at the practice of state lawmakers lobbying local units of government. The bipartisan measure would require:

  • state lobbyists to disclose any units of local government they also lobby,
  • state lobbyists to disclose any elected or appointed offices they hold,
  • lobbying firms that contract out other lobbyists to disclose who is lobbying for each business or other client,
  • the Secretary of State’s Office to improve the lobbyist database, integrating these new provisions and making the entire system easier to search and navigate.

House Joint Resolution 93 creates a 16-member ethics commission to scrutinize the state’s ethics laws and make meaningful suggestions for legislation to improve our standards.

“Public service should benefit the public, not enrich those of us who serve,” Martwick said. “I urge legislative leaders to appoint members as soon as possible. The sooner we receive the report, the quicker the legislature can act to help restore the public’s trust in Springfield.”

The commission’s report is due before the end of next spring’s legislative session, so the legislature can vote on the recommendations before they adjourn session in May.

“I’m committed to working in the best interest of the people of our district to help guarantee government is transparent at every level,” Martwick said.

Martwick partners with Cell Phones For Soldiers to connect soldiers with loved ones

old cell phones2CHICAGO – Local residents can lend a hand to soldiers overseas by helping them stay in touch with loved ones.

State Senator Robert Martwick (D-Chicago) is excited to announce his office’s partnership with Cell Phones For Soldiers, a nonprofit organization which provides free communication services to active duty military personnel and veterans.

“This program helps keep families and loved ones connected when our military men and women often need it the most,” Martwick said. “Join us in helping lend a hand to our brave heroes. Donating used and gently used cellphones is a small way for us to show our support for our men and women overseas.”

Martwick has designated his office at 6315 N. Milwaukee Ave., Suite 101 in Chicago as a permanent drop off location for residents.

Residents can donate newer, gently used cell phones for men and women in the military to use, or they can donate broken or outdated mobile phones to be recycled for parts, with the resulting funds used to purchase prepaid international calling cards.

Cell Phones For Soldiers was founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13, and has since provided more than 300 million minutes of free talk time to members of the military stationed around the world.

For more information, residents can contact the district office at (773) 286-1115 or visit www.SenatorMartwick.com.

Martwick sworn in to succeed Mulroe in 10th District

martwick 062819State Rep. Robert Martwick will fill the Illinois Senate seat in the 10th District that became vacant when former State Senator John G. Mulroe accepted an appointment as Cook County judge earlier this month.

A member of the Illinois House of Representatives since 2013, Martwick (D-Chicago) has served as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney focusing on domestic violence, child support enforcement, and criminal prosecution. He’s also served as a trustee on the Norwood Park Township and Village of Norridge boards.

Sen. Robert Martwick

Sen. Robert Martwick

10th District

Years served: 2019–Present

Committee assignments: Public Health; Judiciary; Criminal Law; Government Accountability/Pensions; Licensed Activities; Revenue.

Biography: Attorney; B.A., economics, Boston College; J.D., John Marshall Law School; former Cook County Assistant State's Attorney, in areas of domestic violence, child support enforcement, DUI and general criminal prosecutions; former trustee, Norwood Park Township; former trustee, Village of Norridge; married with two children.

Associated Representatives:
Lindsey LaPointe
Bradley Stephens