State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago), member of the Illinois Senate Energy Committee and former official at the EPA, applauds the Mayor’s vision to make Chicago a greener and more sustainable city. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Coca-Cola and Keep America Beautiful announced a $2.59 million grant to support the city-wide expansion of the Blue Cart Recycling Program through the purchase of 50,000 blue carts over the next five years.

“Chicago residents have been asking for city-wide recycling services for many years, and this grant will help expand blue cart recycling to all communities by the end of 2013 and pay for damaged and replacement carts for years to come,” Emanuel said. “With the help of Coca-Cola and Keep America Beautiful, Chicago will become a greener, more sustainable city.”

“There are smart, affordable things we can do to build a sustainable city,” Sandoval said. “Blue cart recycling will encourage recycling and reduce cost.”

ICAT-CONFERENCEPeoria, Illinois – The annual Innovations Conference on Asphalt and Transportation conference this week included a panel on state funding for transportation projects. Some state lawmakers say there are better ways to fund infrastructure projects than passing occasional massive construction bills. Democratic Senator Martin Sandoval chairs the Senate Transportation Committee. He says he supports forming an independent highway commission to regulate infrastructure funding like other utilities.

“Because it is a utility. We need it. Can’t live without it. And we should treat it that way. And we should not have it compete with Medicaid, with Medicare, with schools.”

Sandoval says the body could serve to regulate the motor fuel-tax or expand the toll system to generate revenue for road projects.


PHOTO: Senate Transportation Chairman Martin Sandoval (2nd front, right) sits with business, government and education leaders, including former US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood, at the Innovations Conference on Asphalt and Transportation in Peoria.

Illinois State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) has fought against shuttering 54 schools in the City of Chicago that will unjustly affect minority communities. 

“I am gravely disappointed. These closings will put our children in danger.  One of the biggest problems is that students will now have to cross gang boundaries to get to their new schools. Also, this proposal will eliminate facilities that are considered anchors in some struggling communities,” said Sandoval, vice chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee.

Nearly 30,000 students will be affected by the CPS closures. Opponents argue that this proposal should contain safeguards to ensure that class sizes don’t increase and the savings from these closures is put back into the education of students, not the administration of CPS.

Sandoval went on to note that the $43 million a year that CPS will save from these closures should go to help relieve the current overcrowding situations experienced at some schools, as well as replacing antiquated mobile units. These savings should build additions, libraries and cafeterias to help meet the growing minority populations in CPS.

Illinois State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) refused to vote on measures last week that outright broke promises the state has made to public employees. 

“Both Senate Bill 1 and Senate Bill 35 were inadequate in protecting the public employees and working families of Illinois,” said Sandoval, a member of the Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee. “Both of the proposals would strip benefits from workers who were made a promise when they were hired. Working families rely on their pensions to one day be able to retire, and under the measures proposed last week the state would deny those promises.”

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111 Capitol Building
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Cicero, IL 60804