­Sandoval CapitalSPRINGFIELD – Local mayors, county officials, education leaders and residents will have a chance to weigh in on a statewide construction plan during a series of public hearings this spring.

The dates and locations of the hearings are as follows:

  • Thursday, Feb. 21 in Springfield
  • Monday, March 4 in Edwardsville
  • Monday, March 18 in Decatur
  • Monday, April 8 in Peoria
  • Monday, April 22 in Elgin
  • Tuesday, April 16 in Chicago

More information about times and exact locations will be available at a later date.

The hearings will be jointly hosted by members of the transportation and budget committees of the Illinois Senate.

Lawmakers will consider existing construction plans and accept recommendations for local projects as they determine the best path forward to improve roads, highways, bridges, sewer systems and more throughout the state.

“A comprehensive plan to fix our dilapidated transportation system in Illinois is long overdue,” said State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. “I look forward to working with all interested groups to develop the best possible solution to enhance our state’s infrastructure.”

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.

“I think we can all agree that when it comes to roads and bridges, there isn’t a county in Illinois that doesn’t need some kind of critical investment,” said State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), chairman of the Senate Appropriations II committee, which helps determine spending priorities for the state.

“We want to lay a groundwork for what we believe can be a comprehensive statewide construction program that lawmakers can vote on later in the spring legislative session.”

­Sandoval and PritzkerSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) released the following statement Wednesday in response to Gov. JB Pritzker’s budget address:

“It was refreshing to hear from a governor who is taking a more balanced approach to creating a state budget without any gimmicks. It is time to make this state function again and provide the people of Illinois with the services they need.

“Illinois students must be a top consideration in any funding plan for the state. I applaud the Governor’s plans to enhance our investments in education. The extra $375 million in funding to K-12 school districts and the extra $50 million dedicated to MAP grants shows that Gov. Pritzker has made our students a priority. The governor’s proposed spending of a $100 million on early childhood education is another great benefit to working families.

“I agree with Gov. Pritzker that now is the time to get our finances straight. We need to reprioritize Illinois’ expenses and ensure that our state has fiscal security. Once we return financial stability to this state, we can find new revenue sources that will allow us to introduce bold new policies to move Illinois forward.

“This proposal marks a good start as we consider a plan to fund our government over the next year. I look forward to working with Gov. Pritzker and my fellow legislators to craft a budget that works for the people of Illinois and marginalized communities on the Southwest Side of Chicago that have been forgotten for way too long.”

­Sandoval Young womenSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) is cosponsoring legislation to declare April 2, 2019 as Pay Equity Day in Illinois to raise awareness about pay inequity for women.

American women have long faced discrimination in the workplace, particularly in terms of compensation. Nationally, women continue to earn no more than 80 cents on the dollar compared to men. In Illinois, women currently earn only 78 cents on the dollar compared to men.

“It is absurd that women in this country still earning less than men on average for performing the same jobs,” Sandoval said. “We need to work harder to ensure that every person is fairly compensated for their contributions in the workplace regardless of gender.”

Equal Pay Day was first created by the National Committee on pay Equity in 1996 to draw attention to the gap between men’s and women’s wages.

The day is observed in April to symbolize how far into the year a woman must work, on average, to earn as much as a man earned the previous year. Equal Pay Day always falls on a Tuesday to represent the day of the week on which women’s wages catch up to men’s wages from the previous week.

Sandoval Guv presserSPRINGFIELD – Legislation Co-Sponsored by State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour passed the Illinois House of Representatives, marking a major win in the fight to ensure Illinois workers are guaranteed a fair wage.

“As legislators, we are committed to guaranteeing a living wage and protecting the dignity of workers,” Sandoval said. “I’m glad to see that the House followed our lead in approving this historic legislation recognizing the benefits this bill will bring to working class families in Illinois.”

Senate Bill 1 would gradually increase the minimum wage in Illinois to $15 an hour by 2025. The step-by-step rollout of the increase is designed to allow businesses to adjust to the law and adapt accordingly. The first increase will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020 and set the minimum wage at $9.25.

Illinois’ minimum wage has been $8.25 an hour since 2010.

Senate Bill 1 now awaits the governor’s signature.

Office Info

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

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