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 99th General Assembly.
Your opinions are always appreciated, and I urge you to contact my Chicago office (773-278-2020) or my Springfield office (217-782-8191) if you have any questions or concerns.
To learn more about current legislative issues, please visit the General Assembly website at www.ilga.gov or the Senate Democratic Caucus website at www.illinoissenatedemocrats.com.
After meeting with representatives of the Illinois Hospital Association, State Senator Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago 20) joined Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13) at a press conference to discuss the importance of adequately funding the state’s Medicaid system.
The meeting comes at a time when Gov. Rauner has proposed to cut Medicaid by $1.5 billion. The proposed cuts would reduce coverage of adult dental care, podiatry, renal dialysis and hemophilia and funding for some mental health facilities.
“I am concerned that cutting Medicaid could jeopardize health care access for our state’s most vulnerable citizens and negatively impact our hospitals,” Martinez said.
According to the Illinois Hospital Association, the proposed cuts could lead to the loss of 12,000 healthcare jobs statewide. 40 percent of hospitals are now operating in the red.
CHICAGO — Today, Senate Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago 20th) joined Senator William Delgado, employees of the Children’s Place Association and children as well as parents to discuss the importance of the services they provide and the need to protect the center’s funding.
“The Children’s Place Association provides specialized preschool to children from low-income families who have HIV/AIDS and a wide range of other medical conditions such as autism and epilepsy,” Martinez said. “The budget fix passed last week restores most of its funding for the current year, but I am still concerned about funding for the upcoming year. There has been a lack of compassion demonstrated by the current and previous administrations that have targeted the Children’s Place Association for cuts.”
From FY 2001 to FY 2015, the grant for the Children’s Place Association has been reduced from $780,000 to $390,000, resulting in fewer families and children receiving services.
“This is the fourth attempt by an Illinois governor to completely eliminate our state grant to fund a preschool for the poorest children, many of whom are ill with HIV/AIDS, autism, spina bifida, Erb’s palsy and other severe medical conditions,” said Children’s Place Association President and C.E.O. Cathy Krieger. “Fortunately, our long-term defenders, such as Senators William Delgado and Iris Martinez have faithfully stood by us and have been successful at restoring funding for our kids and families.”
The Children’s Place Association serves more than 350 children and families across the Chicago region. For some with HIV/AIDS, it is the only resource they have nearby.
In addition to providing preschool services to children with specific medical conditions, the Children’s Place Association also offers supportive housing as well as food, rental and utility assistance to those in need.
SPRINGFIELD — Senate Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago 20th) secured Senate passage yesterday of legislation that will give ex-offenders a fair shot at obtaining a professional license. If her proposal becomes law, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) would set up an appeals process for ex-offenders who have had their licenses revoked for medical and therapy jobs.
“People who have paid their dues and rehabilitated themselves are deserving of a second chance,” Martinez said. “Many young people make a mistake at a young age and are banned for life from certain professions, but this legislation allows IDFPR to determine whether or not they would be a good candidate for a professional license.”
Under Martinez’s plan, IDFPR must take into account the seriousness of the crime, prior disciplinary actions and the date of the conviction among other factors. The department may refuse to issue or restore any license that has been revoked. Additionally, those who have committed a sex crime or been required to register as a sex offender would not be able to submit an appeal.
“My proposal has appropriate safeguards that will allow IDFPR to create a useful appeals process for ex-offenders who want to obtain professional licensing,” said Martinez.
Next, the Illinois House of Representatives will consider Senate Bill 42.
“I am pleased that Senate Bill 42 passed the Senate, and I encourage members of the Illinois House to pass this legislation and send it to the governor,” Martinez said.
Page 1 of 14
Springfield Office:413 Capitol BuildingSpringfield, 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