Will of the people, law of the land

SPRINGFIELD- After reflecting on Gov. Bruce Rauner's 2015 budget address, State Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) had the following words to say:

We all know that the budget for Illinois needed some big changes and Governor Rauner pledged to shake things up in Springfield. To quote a former Governor who said, "The will of the people," on this past November fourth, Rauner now is trying to make it the law of the land.

The Governor's process calls for reforms to our system that will enable us to invest more in our future. I'm hopeful in his plans to continue the Child Care Assistance Program, keep courtrooms open, focus on reforming our criminal justice system, fixing the pension systems and making education a top priority.

We need reform that invests in helping our most vulnerable residents, that relieves the stress many working families face today and puts our economy in high gear. Let's not get caught up in the process and the political rhetoric on both sides of the aisle, let's focus on results for the people of Illinois.

Staying positive and working together will bring the end result...the law of the land.

Same goals, 150 years later

SPRINGFIELD- After reflecting on Gov. Bruce Rauner's 2015 state of the state address, State Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) had the following words to say:Sandoval-rideshare-cmte

150 years ago, a tall, self-made white man from Springfield called on the General Assembly to protect the rights of minorities by abolishing slavery and ratifying the 13th Amendment.

Last week, another tall, self-made white man who lives in Springfield called on the General Assembly to remove institutional barriers facing racial minorities.

He called for greater inclusion in trade unions, specifically noting the lack of racial minorities in apprenticeship programs.

He called for a 25 percent reduction in the prison population (overwhelmingly filled with racial minorities).

He pledged to invest in minority businesses and insist that government contractors work with minority entrepreneurs.

This man's name wasn't Abraham. His name is Bruce. And his sincere commitment to racial minorities should be acknowledged and celebrated.

Senator Sandoval reacts to the 2015 State of the State Address

Sandoval calls for relief on baby diapers

Sandoval speaking on the floorSPRINGFIELD - New parents could get a break with the high price of diapers under a state law being proposed by Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago).

“Diapers have a sales tax that is way too high, it’s ridiculous that such an important item isn’t taxed the same as groceries or medicine,” Sandoval said.

Illinois currently has two sales tax rates; a general merchandise rate of 6.25 percent and a food and drug rate of 1 percent. Sandoval is pushing for diapers and wipes to be added to the 1 percent rather than the latter. Groceries, medicine, and certain other medical products are currently under the 1 percent tax rate.

“We just gave everyone a 25 percent tax break, it’s about time we gave single moms and working families a break too.  I care about the hard working families of Illinois especially the ones who struggle to buy basic necessities for their children, said Sandoval. “Every little bit helps.

”Of the base 6.25 percent, 5 percent goes to the state, 1 percent to the municipality where the purchase was made, and 0.25 percent goes to the county where the purchase was made. Under new legislation, all of the 1 percent would go the municipality wherethe sale was made.

Senate Bill 61 awaits debate in the Illinois Senate