CHICAGO, IL – Senator Martin A. Sandoval is synonymous with the advancement of higher education in underserved communities on the Southwest Side of Chicago, Illinois. His vision is practical and is focused on affecting change by fighting for economic justice on the front lines of the Illinois State Senate.
The University of Illinois System has witnessed the profound impact Sandoval has had on its students, which is why the U of I System recognized Senator Sandoval for his leadership and support of the LARES program and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
“Every year, your commitment helps more and more students open the doors to their dreams,” said U of I System President Timothy L. Killeen in a written statement. “We are also deeply grateful for all that you do to champion the right and the needs of undocumented students at our universities and beyond.”
To improve the lives of his constituents, Sandoval has made it his mission to systematically balance the education system and the quality of life of all illinoisans. In 2017 alone, Sandoval was the co-sponsor of the Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act—effectively changing the formula used to distribute state money—to direct more funding to local schools in poorer districts, and the chief co-sponsor of the Illinois TRUST Act to prevent law enforcement officials from detaining Illinoisans based on their immigration status.