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Martinez: Governor’s actions show he doesn’t care about education

martinez 041118CHICAGO — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez spoke out strongly today against Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to veto her legislation expanding the Grow Your Own Teacher initiative.

“I truly cannot understand why Gov. Rauner would choose to veto a measure that would help address Illinois’ teacher shortage,” Martinez (D-Chicago) said.

“The Grow Your Own Teacher program is an investment in Illinois’ future. It encourages and provides support for people studying to become teachers. It places teachers in low-income schools that are often difficult to staff. I don’t see a downside.

“The governor may say he cares about improving the education system in our state, but his actions show otherwise.”

The measure would have extended eligibility for the Grow Your Own Teacher initiative to high school students enrolled at dual-credit courses at participating colleges and universities and to all pre-K teachers, not just those teaching at public schools.

The initiative provides financial, academic and emotional support to people studying to become teachers. After graduation, participants commit to teaching at least five years at a high-needs school or in a high-needs teaching position, usually at schools with a high percentage of low-income students.

Martinez measure expanding protections for trafficking victims now law

martinez 053018CHICAGO — All victims of human trafficking will have additional protection under a new law passed by Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago).

The law amends the Predator Accountability Act by expanding the protections available to sex trafficking victims to victims of involuntary servitude and labor trafficking.

“The sex trafficking trade is horrible, there are other forms of forced labor,” Martinez said. “We must protect anyone who is made to work against their will.”

Martinez holds annual Family Wellness and Back to School Fair

martinez fair1 080918Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) held her annual Family Wellness and Back to School Fair on August 9, joined by co-host State Representative Jaime Andrade Jr. (D-Chicago), along with Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, Alderman Deb Mell and Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr.

“For students to have a great school year, they need to start school healthy,” Martinez said. “With health care costs being so high, this event is an amazing opportunity for parents to get free services for their children like dental work and school physicals.”

New Martinez law requires Spanish notification of landline termination

landlinephone 080618CHICAGO — A new law sponsored by Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) ensures Spanish-speaking Illinoisans are kept up to date on changes to their phone service.

The law requires AT&T to provide notice in both English and Spanish before they disconnect a resident’s landline.

“Studies show that low-income and minority communities are more likely to use landline phone service,” Martinez said. “Everyone should get fair notice of a decision to terminate service so they can either make other arrangements or appeal the decision.”

Senator Iris Y. Martinez

Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez

Assistant Majority Leader
20th District

Years served:
2003 - Present
 
Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Education; Energy and Public Utilities; Executive; Government Accountability/Pensions (Vice-Chairperson); Transportation; Subcommittee on Gov. Operations; Pension Investments Special Com. On (Co-Chairperson); Revenue (Vice-Chairperson).

Biography: Born Feb. 25, 1956, in Chicago; earned her bachelor's degree in public policy and administration from Northeastern Illinois University in 2009; elected president of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. She is also the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Co-Chair; has one daughter.

Associated Representatives:
Jaime M. Andrade, Jr.
Will Guzzardi