Green TieSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) passed a measure Wednesday that would create a grant program aimed at preventing DUI offenses and supporting victims involved in DUI-related crashes.

“The deaths of two Illinois State Troopers in the last month have demonstrated just how serious of an issue safety on Illinois’ roads has become,” Sandoval said. “It’s time for immediate action to make Illinois a safer place to travel.”

Senate Bill 728 creates the DUI Prevention and Education Fund from which grants will be distributed to crash victim programs and materials, impaired driving prevention programs, law enforcement support and other DUI-related programs.

Funding for these grants will come from the Illinois Department of Transportation’s currently unused Roadside Memorial Fund. No additional revenue will be raised to pay for the program.

“With the availability of new ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, there’s just no excuse for driving under the influence anymore,” Sandoval said. “It’s time to make drunk driving a thing of the past in Illinois.”

The measure passed the Illinois Senate 58-0. It will now go before the House of Representatives.

Sandoval high speed railSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate passed a measure Wednesday sponsored by State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) to create a commission that would explore opportunities to create a statewide high-speed rail network.

Senate Bill 1988 would create an 18 member High Speed Railway Commission comprised of representatives from state government and industry organizations that would create a plan to create a high-speed rail network connecting St. Louis with Chicago. The proposed route for the railway would pass through several Illinois cities, including Champaign, Decatur and Springfield.

“We’ve been considering a lot of ideas this session about how we can improve our transportation infrastructure and high speed rail may just be one of these solutions,” Sandoval said. “This commission would help us further examine the issue and determine whether new high speed rail lines are right for Illinois.”

The bill passed the Senate 54-0. It will now go before the House of Representatives.

Floor 2019SPRINGFIELD – A bill sponsored by State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) that would help protect confidential documents submitted with driver’s license of identification card applications passed the Illinois Senate Wednesday.

“No one should have to fear that the personal information they submit to the state may end up in the wrong hands,” Sandoval said. “This is a simple, common-sense piece of legislation that will help ensure Illinoisans’ confidential information remains protected.”

Senate Bill 1344 prohibits confidential documents submitted to the Secretary of State for driver’s license or ID card applications from being released through the Freedom of Information Act. The measure provides that these confidential documents may only be released to the following parties:

  • The individual to whom the driver’s license or ID card was issued
  • Officers and employees of the Secretary of State in charge of issuing driver’s licenses and ID cards
  • Law enforcement officials for a criminal or civil law investigation
  • Any other entity the Secretary has authorized by rule

The measure will now go before the House of Representatives.


­Sandoval Peoria HearingPEORIA – The Subcommittees on Capital for the Senate Transportation and Appropriations II Committees held their fourth hearing at Bradley University in Peoria Monday, hearing from interested groups about capital infrastructure needs in the area.

Representatives from local government, transportation experts, educators, business groups, labor organizations and other interested parties testified before the subcommittees about existing capital and needs that should be addressed in a potential bill to release funding for infrastructure improvements around the state.

“We had a productive meeting today and got a better perspective on what projects are needed in this part of the state,” said State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago), Chair of the Transportation Committee. “It’s clear that there is great need for an infusion of infrastructure funding in the Peoria area, and we’re going to do our best to make sure communities across the state have a chance to rebuild crumbling roads and bridges.”

Illinois has not passed a capital bill in a decade. In 2018, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave Illinois a C- grade, saying the state’s transportation infrastructure shows signs of deterioration and faces increasing vulnerability.

Some groups at the hearing, including the Illinois Municipal League and the Tri-State Development Summit/Highway 34 Coalition, advocated for raising some taxes and fees to pay for construction projects around the state.

“I think we can all agree that it’s become clear that Illinois is in urgent need of a comprehensive plan to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure,” Sandoval said. “These hearings are giving us key insights as to what a construction plan would need to look like to efficiently address the needs we’re seeing throughout the state.”

The subcommittees will hold three more hearings on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, April 16 in Chicago – Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle St., Chicago
  • Monday, April 22 in Elgin – Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin
  • Friday, May 3 in Hainesville – Hainesville Village Hall, 100 Hainesville Rd., Hainesville

Office Info

Springfield Office:
Senator 12th District
111 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706

District Office:
5807 W. 35th Street
Cicero, IL 60804