Dear friends,


Thank you for visiting my legislative website. I am honored to serve members of the 20th district and I look forward to the opportunity to serve you during the upcoming 98th General Assembly.

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In observance of Hispanic Heritage Month some of our Latino members reflected on this year’s national theme: “Hispanics: A legacy of history, a present of action and a future of success.”

The history of Hispanics in the United States paved the way for their involvement in communities today. From early political activism and preservation of their native culture, Hispanics have made strides towards better lives for themselves and Americans as a whole.

Our Latino legislators recall how their parents and grandparents moved to Illinois in search of better lives, and how that led them to serve the people of Illinois today.


MartinezHealth2014Hundreds of local children and families turned out for health screenings and back-to-school supplies this past week at a community event sponsored by state Senator Iris Y. Martinez.

"What Senator Martinez does for the community by putting this fair together is great," said volunteer Alicia Olbera. "People are able to get services to prepare their children to go back to school that may not be able to afford otherwise."
Martinez’s event served as one-stop shopping for families preparing for the start of the school year. Students could get physicals, immunizations, apply for health insurance and receive school supplies.


MedicalCann072814State Senator Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago 20th) hailed Governor Quinn’s signing today of a new law that gives hope to families who had run out of treatment options for their children. The legislation allows parents and guardians to legally administer CBD, a non-hallucinogenic cannabis derivative, to minors afflicted with epilepsy and other seizure disorders.
“Families will no longer have to leave Illinois just to obtain relief and a chance for a better life for their children,” said Martinez, who led the push for the legislation in the Senate. “I’m extremely pleased with the wide bipartisan support this measure achieved and proud of the parents who bravely and effectively shared their hopes, dreams and struggles with all of us.”


IDPHThe Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced that it will be accepting applications through August 1 from community organizations and other qualified entities that wish to participate in the second year of Get Covered Illinois’ (GCI) In-Person Counselor (IPC) Program, the outreach and education arm for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Illinois.

“Get Covered Illinois carried out a very comprehensive and successful statewide outreach and education effort in the first year of ACA enrollment thanks in large part to the vibrant network of grantee organizations that we established across the state,” said IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. “As we put together the team for the second year, we want to make sure that it remains just as strong and is able to reach consumers in every corner of the state.”


Office Information

Springfield Office:
413 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706 
(217) 782-8191
(217) 782-3088 FAX 
District Office: 
2921 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618 
(773) 278-2020
(773) 278-6407 FAX

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