Sandoval-GRADE-SEPARATIONSSenate Transportation Chairman Martin Sandoval (D-11) recently met with IDOT officials at his district office in Cicero to go over design plans for a grade separation in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood.

The project involved a Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Study (Phase 1) of the proposed improvement of Central Avenue at the BRC Railroad in the vicinity of 54th Street. The most likely improvement scenario will be a grade separation of Central Avenue at the BRC tracks providing two continuous through traffic lanes in each direction and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations along the entire length. The Phase 1 Study includes the preparation of an Environmental Assessment in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

“I’m happy to report the design for a grade separation is nearing completion,” said Sen. Sandoval.

The proposed improvement will address congestion experienced by motorists on Central Avenue due to train crossing disruptions. In addition, emergency response is compromised during periods of rail freight occupancy.

“Senator Sandoval has made this project a priority,” said Project and Environmental Studies Section Chief John Baczek. “We are working diligently to ensure all areas of the project are on schedule.”

The Phase 1 Study has taken approximately 18 months.

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Sandoval-GO-REDState Senator Martin Sandoval (D-11) joined Maggie Poteau, News Anchor for WICS TV Channel 20 in Springfield, by ‘Going Red' for Women and Heart Disease at the State Capitol.

“There’s a lot of talk about inequality between men and women, but one area in particular where women are leading in record numbers: heart disease,” said Sandoval. “It’s the No. 1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer.”

Senator Sandoval is asking everyone to celebrate National Wear Red Day with Go Red For Women on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 to help fight women’s No. 1 killer, heart disease. For more information on this nationwide movement and to learn how you can honor women on this important day visit:

StateOftheState012914SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) reacted to the State of the State address by bringing attention to the state’s appallingly high unemployment rate.   One year ago, Illinois had a 10.1 percent unemployment rate and today it is 8.6 percent. However, Sandoval states this number is still too high. The national average is 6.5 percent and the state of Illinois needs to focus on investing in jobs to get people back to work.

“Illinois’ efforts to lower unemployment are insufficient. I propose a three-point plan. One: another major investment in our public infrastructure. Two: modernize our byzantine job training programs under one consolidated agency. Three: commit additional state funds to moving people from getting an unemployment check to a paycheck.”

The Senator is co-sponsoring Senate Bill 68 with Senator Kim Lightford to convert Illinois’ minimum wage into a living wage of $10 an hour by 2016. Sandoval believes that people who are working a 40-hour workweek should be able to provide food, shelter and child care for their family and $8.25 an hour simply isn’t enough.

Sandoval also argues the state’s economic development policy needs to get back to the basics of training Illinois residents to fill jobs rather than sending large tax breaks to a few large companies.

“I agree with Speaker Madigan that we need to stop giving special tax breaks to corporations who continue to look to the General Assembly for handouts. Instead, we need to focus on the mom and pop small businesses that are the backbone of the Illinois economy,” said Sandoval.

“The people of Illinois deserve action. Hoy! No manana!” said Sandoval.


Office Info

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

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