State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) missed several weeks of legislative session in Springfield recently, due to a horseback riding accident resulting in three fractured ribs.

“I was bucked by a horse named ‘The Tornado,’ said Sandoval. “I’m just happy to have recovered quickly and be back in Springfield.”


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.

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