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New legislation requires notice of potential pollution

Munoz071018 2CHICAGO – A large crowd of angry McKinley Park residents voiced their opposition to an asphalt plant at a town hall meeting hosted on Tuesday by Assistant Illinois Senate Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago).

When McKinley Park residents noticed new silos being built in their neighborhood earlier this year, they were blindsided, according to the Chicago Tribune. The silos were for a nearby asphalt plant that will be fully operational this month. Due to an apparent oversight by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, residents were not properly notified, receiving notice only two weeks before the project began.

Moved by the public outcry and the Tribune article, Munoz filed legislation (Senate Bill 3623) so that a situation like this – in which residents and state legislators receive no advance notice of something that may impact community health and safety – never occurs again in Illinois.

“It’s extremely unfair for residents not to have an opportunity to voice their opinion when their health, property values and livelihoods could be at risk due to possible pollution coming to their neighborhood,” Munoz said. “I learned about this project after the fact like everyone else and knew I had to take action.”

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Munoz061418 2CHICAGO – Assistant Majority Leader Antonio “Tony” Munoz (D-Chicago) and a group of about 60 area seniors attended Thursday’s Chicago White Sox game to enjoy the day and discuss their community needs.  

“These are people that are so invested in their communities and their input is very important to me,” Munoz said. “I am happy to treat them to an afternoon like this and I am very appreciative of their feedback.”

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Munoz053018SPRINGFIELD – Assistant Majority Leader Antonio “Tony” Munoz (D-Chicago) supported the Senate’s FY 19 state budget Wednesday.

“The bottom line is this budget funds the services many people in my district depend on,” Munoz said. “We put the people of Illinois first with this budget, and I am happy that it was able to come together with support from Democrats and Republicans.”

The Senate budget includes a funding increase of $350 million in K-12 funding, which keeps up with the state’s commitment to the new evidence-based funding formula that was approved last year. This investment ensures no school district will receive less money than last year, and many will receive additional funding through the formula’s tier-based system.

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Munoz052518SPRINGFIELD – Assistant Majority Leader Antonio “Tony” Munoz (D-Chicago) advanced legislation Thursday giving the Illinois State Police tools to better evaluate Firearm Owners Identification Card applications.

“This measure provides the State Police the proper information for them to make the right decisions when it comes to administering FOID cards,” Munoz said. “It closes a loophole that was potentially putting guns in the hands of individuals who are unfit to possess them.”

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