Sandoval and PritzkerSPRINGFIELD – Billions of dollars in funding will be released for construction projects across the state under a bipartisan package of bills approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker.

The $45 billion construction package is the culmination of a three month negotiation process led by State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago), who co-chaired a subcommittee that traveled the state this spring to learn about local infrastructure needs and potential revenue sources to pay for them.

“We spent months traveling this state and learned more than I thought possible about the infrastructure needs in various communities,” Sandoval said. “The result is a comprehensive package that takes into account the testimony we heard and fairly invests in communities in every corner of the state.”

The construction plan is Illinois’ first in a decade. Since the last statewide construction plan in 2009, the condition of the state’s roads, bridges and public buildings have degraded, causing AAA to give Illinois’s infrastructure a grade of D.

“We’ve seen clear examples around our state about how badly we needed this investment from the closure of Lakeshore Drive in Chicago to a pothole described as a ‘full-depth failure of the roadway’ in Cahokia,” Sandoval said. “It became clear that we couldn’t kick the can down the road any further. We needed significant investment and we needed it immediately.”

The plan includes a modernization of Illinois’ motor fuel tax, which has not seen an update since 1990. The motor fuel tax will also be indexed to inflation to ensure that the state will have a sustainable revenue source to maintain its roads and bridges far into the future.

“Unlike the capital plans we’ve developed in the past, this proposal is sustainable,” Sandoval said. “We’re not going to put ourselves in the position again where we have to wait ten years to address dire problems that put people’s lives at risk.”

In addition to the improvements to Illinois’ public infrastructure, the program is also projected to bring over 500,000 new jobs to the state.

“This isn’t just a construction plan, this is an economic stimulus,” Sandoval said. “As a result of this legislation, Illinoisans will see new jobs and contracting opportunities and millions invested in their communities. This plan is a win for our state and I’m proud to have helped bring it to fruition.”

­Last day of sessionSPRINGFIELD – Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) issued the following statement Thursday following the United States Supreme Court’s decision to bar a question about citizenship from the 2020 census:

“It’s been clear from the start that a citizenship question is a blatant attempt to diminish the political power of immigrant and Latino communities. An accurate count means accurate representation in government, and if this question is allowed on the 2020 census, many of the communities I represent be left without a voice.

“Today’s decision is a major win against yet another racist policy the Trump administration developed to further divide our nation, and, as the son of immigrants myself, I’m committed to continuing to fight against these policies and protecting those who come to Illinois in search of a better life.”

­Floor 2019SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s tweet Tuesday announcing the planned deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants.

“Clearly, President Trump hasn’t bothered to learn the history of our country long enough to know that immigration raids will do nothing to help his cause. This racist, inflammatory rhetoric feeds to an irrational fear of immigrants and forces people looking to provide for their families to go into hiding.

“As the son of immigrants, I am proud of what immigrants have accomplished across our country in spite of hateful actions taken against them throughout our country’s history.

“I have the honor of representing a community rooted in cultures brought here from other countries, and I refuse to let good people live in fear in the name of one man’s desperate grasp for popularity.”

­DelValle SandovalSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Marin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) welcomed Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s appointment of Miguel del Valle as the president of Chicago Board of Education as a new vision for Chicago’s children and a step forward towards achieving parity in education for all Illinoisans.

“Del Valle has dedicated his career to educating our children and we owe him for many of the success stories across our state,” said Sandoval, who served in the Senate with del Valle. “He has been a tireless leader in the Latino community and will serve as a much-needed voice in a nearly half Latino school district.”

Del Valle is a former state senator who graduated from Chicago Public Schools in 1969 and has since dedicated much of his career to advocating for high-quality education for Latino and African American students.

Del Valle was the first Latino elected to the State Senate, where he headed the Education Committee. He has served as vice chairman of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) and is a past chairman of the Illinois P-20 Council, a state education reform group created in 2009. He’s also a former board member of the education advocacy group Advance Illinois and the Illinois Federation for Community Schools.

Lightfoot announced del Valle’s appointment on June 3 and will take effect June 26.

Office Info

Springfield Office:
Senator 12th District
111 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
217-782-5304

District Office:
5807 W. 35th Street
Cicero, IL 60804
708-656-2002