• Senate offers spending authority to governor to honor contracts

    sullivan sb2059

  • Senators Biss, Martinez, Raoul join SEIU to invest in Illinois families

    biss martinez raoulSPRINGFIELD — State senators Daniel Biss (D-Evanston), Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) and Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) announced today that they will be working with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) on a legislative agenda designed to protect children, working parents and seniors.

    “At a time when working families are being attacked by the governor’s policies, it’s important to find ways to strengthen our state’s child care and home health care programs,” said Martinez, who is sponsoring Senate Bill 2536, which would safeguard existing health insurance for child care providers and ensure they receive appropriate training.

  • Senate votes to override Rauner veto of MAP, college funding (AUDIO)


  • Governor vetoes MAP, community college funding for Illinois students

    map veto ftr

  • No mention of college, seniors, disabled, veterans in Rauner budget speech (VIDEO)


  • Sen. Martinez's thoughts on budget address [ESP]

    Senator Iris Martinez (D-Chicago) shares her thoughts immediately following the governor's budget address on February 17, 2016.

  • Sen. Martinez's thoughts on budget address [ENG]

    Senator Iris Martinez (D-Chicago) shares her thoughts immediately following the governor's budget address on February 17, 2016.

  • Martinez proposal will encourage more U of I students to run for student trustee position

    martienz youthemplSPRINGFIELD — An undocumented University of Illinois student was recently prevented from running for the position of student trustee because he was unable to show that he was a registered voter in Illinois.

    This occurred despite the fact that he was enrolled in the university and an Illinois resident.

    “We need to be sure students aren’t discouraged from running to be a student trustee,” said Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez. “A student who can prove they live in Illinois and wants to serve their fellow students and university should not be held back by requirements that are too rigid.”

    The University of Illinois Trustee Act requires students to be residents of Illinois in order to be selected as a student trustee.

    Residency is demonstrated by three factors:

    •    Evidence of the student’s residence in Illinois for at least the previous six months
    •    A valid Illinois driver’s license
    •    Being registered to vote in Illinois

    However, under Martinez’s proposal, Senate Bill 2204, which she passed out of the Higher Education Committee today, a student would only have to meet one of the three factors to demonstrate Illinois residency.

    “My proposal is a common sense solution that will help encourage more diverse representation on the University of Illinois’ Board of Trustees,” Martinez said.

    The University of Illinois is a supporter of the initiative and will be working with Martinez to get it passed this session.

  • Martinez applauds TVDL policy update

    martinez tvdlMajority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) joined Secretary of State Jesse White, members of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus and partner organizations this week to discuss a positive update being made by Secretary of State (SOS) facilities for Temporary Visitors Driver’s Licenses (TVDLs).

    Starting July 1, 2016, all SOS facilities, with the exception of Chicago North and Chicago West, will be able to process TVDLs without requiring an appointment.

    “I’m grateful to Secretary White and his staff for establishing more customer friendly procedures for immigrants wanting to obtain a TVDL,” said Martinez, a champion for the immigrant community. “Now, instead of having to go through the extra step of having to schedule a meeting, all someone has to do is come to an SOS office at a time that is convenient for them.”

  • Sen. Martinez Q&A after a press conference [ESP]

    Senator Iris Martinez (D-Chicago) discusses her thoughts on temporary drivers licenses offered through the Secretary of State.

  • MAP grants, community colleges funding head to governor (AUDIO)

    trotter map

  • Legislative Latino Caucus stresses concerns over budget impasse (VIDEO)

    martinez sos 012716Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) joined members of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus at a press conference to discuss the negative impact the governor’s failure to approve a budget is having on Latinos.

    “I’m frustrated by how many children, families and college students are being hurt by the budget impasse,” Martinez said. “I call on the governor to work with us in a bipartisan manner to put a stop to this.”


    Latino college students are feeling the brunt of the governor not authorizing a higher education budget. Students across Illinois rely on the state’s Monetary Award Program (MAP) to pay for college and are now worried whether or not they can afford to continue their education.

  • Sen. Martinez on the State of the State address [ESP]

    Senator Iris Martinez (D-Chicago) shares her thoughts about the governor's State of the State address on January 27, 2016.

  • Sen. Martinez on the State of the State address [ENG]

    Senator Iris Martinez (D-Chicago) shares her thoughts about the governor's State of the State address on January 27, 2016.

  • Senate Democrats react to State of the State address (VIDEO)

    JJC SOS 012716

  • Senate President criticizes GOP efforts to distract from real issues

    cpslogoSPRINGFIELD - The following statement was released by Senate President John J. Cullerton regarding Republican leaders misdirected ideas on Chicago Public Schools:

    “This is not going to happen. It’s mean spirited and evidence of their total lack of knowledge of the real problems facing Chicago Public Schools. The unfair treatment of pension systems by the state is the immediate cause of CPS’ financial problem. That situation ought to be addressed rather than promoting this far-fetched notion that the state is somehow in the position to take over Chicago schools. This ridiculous idea only serves as a distraction from the state’s problems that these two state leaders should be focusing on.”

  • Senators, SEIU: Rauner's first year hurts poorest, most vulnerable (VIDEO)

    seiu pr martinezAs Gov. Bruce Rauner celebrates his first year in office, he should reflect on how he has failed to live up to his promise of ensuring Illinois is a compassionate and competitive state, a group of Democratic state senators and human service providers urged Wednesday.

    Flanked by providers who, along with their clients, bear the brunt of Gov. Rauner’s budget impasse with the General Assembly, state senators Daniel Biss (D-Evanston), Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) and Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) called on the governor to stop holding the state’s poorest and most vulnerable residents hostage in pursuit of an anti-family, anti-worker agenda that lacks legislative support.

  • Sen. Martinez speaks at an SEIU event

    Senator Iris Martinez (D-Chicago) speaks on the subject of Governor Bruce Rauner's first year in office.

  • Martinez stresses urgency of funding college grants

    martinez map ftrpic

  • Martinez calls for pension systems to promote diversity during hearing

    martienz youthemplCHICAGO- Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) participated in a two-day Senate Special Committee on Pensions and Investments Hearing this week regarding the diversity of pension investment managers.

    “It became apparent at this hearing that more work needs to be done by public employee pension systems to meet diversity goals,” Martinez said. “I’m particularly concerned that the numbers for Latinos are low.”