Sandoval 2019 CommitteeSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) applauded the Illinois Department of Transportation’s announcement Tuesday that it will host a conference to provide learning and networking opportunities for firms whose owners often face disadvantages in the marketplace.

“I have long been an advocate for providing greater opportunities for businesses owned by disadvantaged individuals and I was glad to see that Gov. Pritzker committed in his budget speech to advocating for more minority contracting opportunities,” Sandoval said.

The conference will focus on Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms, which are businesses owned by individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged such as minorities, women or persons with disabilities.

The conference will take place March 25 and 26 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield. It will include educational and skill-building workshops, best practices and networking opportunities for Illinois DBE firms.

A recent report submitted by IDOT showed that the department is lagging behind in terms of awarding prime contracts to minority-owned firms.

“The Department of Transportation needs to do a far better job at providing sustainable prime contract opportunities for minority-owned firms,” Sandoval said. “I am certain that IDOT’s newly appointed secretary, Omer Osman, a 29 year veteran of the department, will make supplier diversity gains a hallmark of his tenure.”

Visit IDOT.Illinois.gov and search “TCTR” for registration information and other event details.

Sandoval 2019 CommitteeSPRINGFIELD – A bill sponsored by State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) that would help protect confidential documents submitted with driver’s license of identification card applications passed the Senate Transportation Committee Tuesday.

“You have a reasonable expectation of privacy when you submit personal information to any entity and that includes the state of Illinois,” Sandoval said. “This piece of legislation will ensure that no one’s confidential information will end up in the wrong hands just because they applied for a driver’s license or ID card.”

Senate Bill 1344 prohibits confidential documents submitted to the Secretary of State for driver’s license or ID card applications from being released through the Freedom of Information Act. The measure provides that these confidential documents may only be released to the following parties:

  • The individual to whom the driver’s license or ID card was issued
  • Officers and employees of the Secretary of State in charge of issuing driver’s licenses and ID cards
  • Law enforcement officials for a criminal or civil law investigation
  • Any other entity the Secretary has authorized by rule

The bill passed the Transportation Committee unanimously. It will now go before the entire Senate.

­Sandoval CapitalEDWARDSVILLE – The Subcommittees on Capital for the Senate Transportations and Appropriations II Committees held their second joint hearing in Edwardsville Monday, kicking off a statewide tour to hear from parties throughout the state about capital infrastructure needs.

Local mayors, union officials, university representatives and transportation experts testified before the subcommittees about existing capital and needs that should be addressed in a potential bill to release funding for infrastructure improvements around the state.

“We’re trying to hear from a wide range of interested groups about capital needs they see in our state and I think we learned a lot today about issues that need to be addressed here in the Metro East area,” said State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago), Chair of the Transportation Committee. “Today’s hearing was certainly a good start to this process, but there is a lot more work to do before we’re ready to unveil a comprehensive spending plan to address Illinois’ backlog of infrastructure projects.”

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.

The subcommittees will hold at least four more hearings on the following dates:

  • Monday, March 18 in Decatur – Decatur Public Library, 130 N. Franklin St., Decatur
  • Monday, April 8 in Peoria – Bradley University, Peplow Pavilion inside the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center, 1501 W. Bradley Ave., Peoria
  • Tuesday, April 16 in Chicago – Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle St., Chicago
  • Monday, April 22 in Elgin – Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin

“Millions of Illinoisans rely on our public infrastructure system on a daily basis,” Sandoval said. “It’s long past time we make improvements to ensure it remains safe and efficient for the people of Illinois.”

­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.”

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