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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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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.”


martinez070714Senate Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago 20th) applauded the governor’s decision today to sign legislation she sponsored to let voters weigh in on whether Illinois law should continue to protect women’s access to birth control.

“The recent Supreme Court ruling threw into question decades of progress toward safeguarding women’s health care access and freedom to make personal, medical decisions,” Martinez said. “It is now more important than ever for lawmakers to hear from the public on this issue of immediate concern.”


Martinez070114In the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that could jeopardize Illinois women’s access to birth control through workplace health insurance, Senate Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago 20th) urged Gov. Pat Quinn to sign legislation she sponsored that would allow voters to weigh in on the issue this fall.

“We saw yesterday that women’s access to basic health care is under attack in this country,” Martinez said. “It is important that Illinois voters be given the opportunity to tell their elected representatives whether they support a woman’s right to make medical decisions for herself, regardless of her boss’ opinions.”


Office Information

Springfield Office:
413 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706 
(217) 782-8191
(217) 782-5340 FAX 
District Office:
2845 N. Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618 
(773) 463-0720
(773) 463-0795 FAX

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