Sandoval-BALANCED-BUDGETIllinois State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) joined with his colleagues in passing a balanced budget for the state.  The measure, approved by both the Senate and the House of Representatives is now on the governor’s desk waiting for his signature.

“During the budget address earlier this year, Governor Quinn proposed cutting $150 million from state support of public schools.  That was unacceptable,” said Senator Sandoval. “I worked with the appropriations committee to ensure that we found the dollars to fund education at an adequate level.”

The state budget that was sent to the governor focuses on preserving funding for education and pays down old bills.

“I have, and will continue to work to ensure the financial situation in Illinois is turned around. We have focused on funding priority programs that are necessary to the people of Illinois,” said Sandoval.

The budget also ends the practice of the state underfunding key budget lines and stringing out social service providers at the end of the budget year.

To ensure college students were also not left holding the bag, the fiscal year 2014 budget includes an additional $2 million for the MAP program.

Sandoval-OberweisIllinois State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) has supported a measure sponsored by Senator Jim Oberweis that will bring Illinois’ speed limit in line with other states and increase it to 70 miles per hour.

 Senate Bill 2356 increases the maximum speed limit to 70 mph on all interstates and toll highways. Currently, there are 34 other states with speed limits of 70 mph or higher. All of Illinois’ neighboring states, except Wisconsin, have speed limits of 70 mph.

At the request of the Illinois State Police, this measure will also raise the penalties for speeding from a petty offense to a misdemeanor. 

 “There are exceptions written into this legislation,” said Sandoval. “Cook County, the collar counties, Madison County and St. Clair County will be able to opt out of this law if they are able to pass a local ordinance.”

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

 

BPNC-SPRINGFIELDState Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) hosted Sara Reschly, Director of Community Partnerships (far left) and members of the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC) organization in Springfield last week, to discuss expansion of the Parent Mentor Program.

I’ve seen the benefits of the Parent Mentor Program,” said Sandoval. “It has made a positive impact in the lives of children and parents who have participated.”

Sandoval022813br0360SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) has passed a measure that will help prevent deadly accidents caused by inexperienced young drivers. It stems from an incident involving a teenager who caused another drivers death while driving under a graduated driver’s license (GDL).

“This is legislation was named Kelsey’s Law in honor of Kelsey Little, who received serious injuries in an accident caused by a young driver who had a GDL,” stated Sandoval. “The GDL has been successful in curbing the number of teen driving deaths since it became law in 2008.”

Under current law, a GDL applicant is not required to report any pending traffic citations. House Bill 1009 will prohibit the issuance of a graduated driver’s license to any applicant under the age of 18 years until all of the applicant’s pending traffic citation’s have been resolved.

In addition, under this measure, the secretary of state will be able to cancel the license or permit of any minor if they have had an unresolved traffic citation. After cancellation, the secretary will not issue a new license or permit until the applicant has resolved the citation.

Office Info

Springfield Office:
Senator 12th District
111 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
217-782-5304

District Office:
5807 W. 35th Street
Cicero, IL 60804
708-656-2002