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Sandoval named to Pritzker’s Infrastructure Committee

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.

Sandoval stands in solidarity with Acero teachers

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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.”

Sandoval: We must exercise rights to defend against attacks on Constitution

sandoval 062018State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) released the following response to President Trump’s announcement that he would disregard the U.S. Constitution:

“An ever-outraged base is key to the president’s political survival, and our purported leader has shown once again today that the United States Constitution is but a speed bump in his effort to sow discord and anger.

“His most recent announcement is that he will remove the birthright of citizenship to persons born in the United States of America whose parents are not citizens – people like me.

“I’d love to ignore it, because responses in packaged ‘statements’ like these are the type of fare the president expects and desires when he speaks inflammatorily about people that don’t look like those who fill the rooms at his rallies.

“But I can’t ignore it, because in this month alone, black people were killed for being black, Jews were killed for being Jewish and more than a dozen bombs were shipped across the country to the people Trump has elevated as sub-human adversaries for his political gain.

“There’s real danger in America; in places of worship, in grocery stores, in newsrooms and in schools. Yet our president is marching thousands of military troops to the border to address a nebulous threat of people he believes dangerous not because of any prior actions but because of the color of their skin.

“This announcement is but another attempt from the president to narrow the definition of ‘American’ and to rile up the extremists that find refuge for their hate in the party of Trump.

“We’re better than this as Americans, and I encourage everyone to utilize their sacred Constitutional rights in the coming weeks and years to guarantee our founding document is not lost forever because of one man’s knack for manufacturing outrage.”

Sandoval applauds more than $2 billion in diverse spending

Sandoval ICCCHICAGO – State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) spoke to the Illinois Commerce Commission last week to laud their compliance with supplier diversity laws at a time when several other state agencies and universities fall woefully short of such standards.

“Everyone knows there’s a lot of crime in certain neighborhoods on Chicago’s Southwest Side and everyone likes to point fingers as to whose fault it is without talking about solutions,” Sandoval said. “One solution is giving jobs and opportunities to the communities that need them the most.”

Sen. Martin A. Sandoval

Majority Caucus Whip
11th District

Years served: 2003 - Present

Committee assignments: Energy and Public Utilities; Higher Education; Licensed Activities; Transportation (Chairperson); Subcommittee on Capital (Sub-Chairperson).

Biography: Full-time state legislator, born in The Back of the Yards, graduate of Loyola University in Chicago where he earned a Bachelor's of Science in psychology; married (wife, Marina) has three children.

Associated Representatives:
Michael J. Madigan
Celina Villanueva