Martwick to host Facebook Live Town Hall on Policing

martwick 111819CHICAGO –State Senator Robert Martwick (D-Chicago) will join Representative Lindsey Lapointe (D-Chicago) and Norwood Park Fire Commissioner Frank Avino Jr. for a Facebook Live conversation with the community about policing during a time of civil unrest.

“Public safety is important to everyone in our communities,” Martwick said. “During this challenging time, I think it’s important to have a thoughtful and balanced conversation about the role of the police and other parts of our criminal justice system.”

The Facebook Live Town Hall is scheduled for Wednesday July 15 at 7 P.M. on the @Robert Martwick Facebook page located here. Questions will be covered, such as:

  • What does police reform mean?
  • What do people mean by defunding the police?
  • Community oversight – what does this concept mean and what’s feasible?
  • What are the courts and The Department of Corrections role in public safety?
  • What does the concept of licensing police officers mean?
  • How will continuing education and training for police officers help?

Area residents can submit additional questions by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ahead of time or posting on the livestream chat during the event.

Martwick: Long-awaited casino will help shore up Chicago pension systems

martwick 030320CHICAGO –State Senator Robert Martwick (D-Chicago) celebrated the new law enabling a Chicago casino, because millions in taxes collected from the casino will be used to bolster the city’s police and fire pension funds.

“The city’s retired firefighters and police have earned their retirements and paid their fair share,” Martwick said. “The casino will help ensure the city can keep its promises to these public servants.”

Senate Bill 516 makes various changes to the state’s gaming laws and will enable Chicago to open its long-sought casino. When fully operational, the casino is expected to provide more than $200 million dollars a year to Chicago’s police and fire pension funds. The taxes collected by the city on all slot machines and table games in the new casino will go exclusively to Chicago’s police and fire pensions.

Martwick traveled to Springfield during the brief legislative session, in spite of major health concerns, in part to help ensure that the casino legislation passed.

“This casino is vital to our regional economy,” Martwick said. “Chicago is already a tourist hub, but a casino will create even more reason for people from neighboring states and from across the world to visit. It will also create hundreds of jobs, another boost for the city and its people.”

The measure passed both the Senate and House with comfortable, bipartisan majorities and takes effect immediately.

Martwick encourages aspiring poets to sign up for the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition

Senator MartwickCHICAGO – State Senator Robert Martwick (D-Chicago), along with the Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, wants to announce the 16th annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award.

“This competition is a great way for the talented residents of Illinois to show off their work,” Martwick said. “These artists work hard to create thoughtful and beautiful work, and Illinois would like to help give them recognition and publicity.”

The competition is named in honor of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks and is co-sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book. The competition to recognize new literary talent in the state is open to Illinois residents age 18 and older and has an entry deadline of June 30. To submit an entry, please visit the link here.

The award for first place is $500, second place is $300 and third place is $100. Winning poems will also be submitted for possible publication in Illinois literary magazines, including “Ninth Letter,” “Quiddity” and “RHINO Poetry.”

For more information, contact Illinois Center for the Book Coordinator Bonnie Matheis at 217-558-2065 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Martwick reminds residents expiration dates for driver licenses, vehicle registration extended

martwick 030320CHICAGO – State Senator Rob Martwick (D-Chicago) wants to remind residents that expiration dates for driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations and document filings will be extended at least 30 days after Driver Services facilities reopen.

 “It’s important to take as many steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 as we can,” Martwick said. “The secretary of state’s office is taking great steps to protect the public and its employees.”

 Secretary of State Jesse White has closed all Driver Services facilities statewide through April 30 and extended all registrations, licenses, and ID renewals during the closure period. After the facilities open, people whose documents have expired during the closure period will be able to renew them with no penalty. All expired documents will be extended for at least 30 days after facilities reopen.

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