Senate Democrats celebrate Latino Unity Day (VIDEO)

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Latino organizations and hundreds of activists participated in the Latino Unity Day festivities at the state Capitol. Illinois is home to more than two million Latinos who make valuable contributions to our state every day.

Latino Unity Day is designed to bring Latinos together to advocate for policies that are in the best interest of this community and all communities in Illinois.

The event was kicked off with a press conference attended by Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago), State Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) and State Sen. William Delgado (D-Chicago).

Martinez discussed legislation she’s sponsoring that would prevent the expiration of the state’s Covering All Kids Health Insurance Act. Extending the act would prevent more than 40,000 children, regardless of their legal status, from losing their health insurance coverage.

Sandoval stressed the importance of a proposal he is pushing that would replace the word “alien” with “undocumented immigrant” in Illinois law books.


Later in the day, Martinez and Senate President John J. Cullerton spoke at a Latino Unity Day rally in the Capitol where they stressed the need to continue working together for the betterment of the people of Illinois.