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.


Sandoval-MLKState Senator Martin Sandoval recently met with Reverend Jesse Jackson on the eve of Martin Luther King’s Day to honor the civil rights leader. Both agreed there is civil rights work left undone from Dr. King’s dream, such as immigration reform.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson has openly criticized the immigration law as "disgraceful and unnecessary,"

Rev. Jackson also has voiced his support for the DREAM Act.


"Democracy is a path to citizenship, not deportation,” Rev. Jacksonsaid. “Democracy is the path of the DREAM Act, not the nightmare act of race-profiling, violence and family separation.”


“It's significant that African Americans join in the fight for immigration reform,” said Sen. Sandoval. “The civil rights battles of the past were not won alone and support from diverse communities was vital in that struggle.”


Sandoval-Community LeaderCicero, Illinois – State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-11) met with Gerardo Salinas to discuss policy for people with disabilities in the State of Illinois. Salinas lost his vision when he was 12 and since then has worked to succeed in many ways, including moving to the United States from Mexico and recently graduating with honors from Daley Community College.

“I applaud Gerardo for his determination to succeed and his willingness to give back,” said Senator Sandoval.

"I refuse to let my disability hold me back,” said Salinas. “I want to work with my senator to help create laws that would facilitate living with a disability."

Salinas plans on continuing his education, working towards a bachelors degree in political science before attending law school.

Sandoval-Medicaid-122713Chicago, Illinois – State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-11) met with doctors of Mercy Medical recently to discuss Medicaid coverage for the Latino community, as Medicaid cuts loom.

“Medicaid’s critical role in providing access to health care for Latinos, coupled with the heavy burden of chronic disease suffered by this group, means Medicaid coverage can truly mean the difference between life and death for Latinos with serious health care needs,” said Senator Sandoval.

For decades, researchers have documented that Latinos in the United States bear a disproportionate burden of chronic diseases. Not only are they more likely than whites to suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, and certain cancers, they are also more likely to get sicker from some of these conditions—to experience complications, to have poorer health outcomes, and even to die prematurely.

Medicaid, the state and federally funded health insurance program for low-income people, has historically played a critical role for minorities, providing coverage for millions of Latinos of all ages. While Medicaid covers many more white people, because Latinos tend to have lower incomes than whites, they are more than twice as likely to rely on Medicaid for health coverage. In the Latino community, a little more than one in four people relies on Medicaid for their health care; in contrast, Medicaid covers fewer than one in eight whites. Medicaid helps roughly half of all Latino children get a healthy start in life. And it helps Latino seniors and people with disabilities that need long-term care.

Senator Sandoval hosted a health care summit in July and has been public on his disappointment to Medicaid cuts.

“Without Medicaid, many of these seriously ill people would not be able to afford the care they need. For them, Medicaid coverage is critical. Federal or state cuts to the Medicaid program would truly put them at risk,” stated Sandoval.

Senator Sandoval represents the 11th Senate District, which includes the neighborhoods of Brighton Park, Clearing, Gage Park, Garfield Ridge, Little Village, West Lawn, and West Cook municipalities of Bedford Park, Burbank, Cicero, Forest View, Lyons, McCook, Stickney, Summit and Riverside.

Office Info

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

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