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Munoz021318From ABC 7: http://abc7chicago.com/emanuel-lawmakers-propose-change-to-carjacking-laws/3068081/

CHICAGO (WLS) -- State and local lawmakers are pushing for a change in Illinois law, to hold convicted carjackers responsible for their crimes. This comes after a recent spike in carjackings in Chicago.

Backed by a group of state lawmakers, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hopes to put the brakes on the surge of carjackings with a new law that closes a loophole, which police say has let would-be criminals get away almost scott free.

"You will be held accountable by the legal system. Whether you're 14 or 40," said Mayor Emanuel.

The proposed legislation doesn't toughen the three to seven year sentence for motor vehicle theft, but instead changes the requirements for the crime.

Under the current law, a person in possession of a stolen vehicle has to know it has been stolen or converted in order to be charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

City officials said it is hard to prove, meaning offenders often escape with just a misdemeanor charge, probation and immediate release.

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Munoz020818SPRINGFIELD – A new scratch-off Illinois Lottery game will create more revenue to benefit police memorials if a measure led by Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) becomes law.

The legislation, Senate Bill 2337, was approved in the Senate Revenue Committee yesterday .

“Preserving the memory of fallen officers through memorials, scholarships and assistance to their families shows our gratitude for their service,” said Munoz, a former Chicago police officer. “The families of these brave officers deserve support as they continue to heal from their loss, and they deserve to know their loved one’s service isn’t forgotten.”

The proceeds from the scratch-off will fund grants to be used for building and maintaining memorials and parks, holding annual commemorations, giving scholarships to children of officers killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty, and providing financial assistance to police officers and their families when an officer is killed or injured in the line of duty.

The game will begin Jan. 1, 2019 or as soon as possible if the legislation passes the full House and Senate and is signed into law. The net revenue will be deposited equally to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Fund, the Police Memorial Committee Fund and the Illinois State Police Memorial Fund.

The measure will now head to the full Senate for consideration.

Individuals who have not updates their mailing address with the Cook County Treasurer's office could be at risk of their property falling into delinquent status due to "undeliverable" tax bills. Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas is urging homeowners to check their property tax payment status to make sure their property has not unintentionally fallen into delinquency.

There are currently 1,114 individuals in the 1st district whose property is at risk of being included in the 2016 Annual Tax Sale, which begins May 4, 2018.

Update your address here: https://www.cookcountytreasurer.com/nameoraddresschangesearch.aspx

Find out if your property is at risk: https://www.cookcountytreasurer.com/pendingtaxsalesearch.aspx

 

DREAM Act NowThe Illinois Senate Latino Caucus joins the outcry of many throughout the nation in urging congress to pass the DREAM Act before the holiday break. Advocates for immigrant rights believe that this may be the last chance for Congress to extend lawful immigration status to those brought to the United States as children.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protected young immigrants from deportation was rescinded by the Trump administration in September, putting the futures of hundreds of thousands of people nationwide at stake. More than 40,000 Dreamers reside in Illinois.

The Senate Latino Caucus members released the following statements:

“Without the protections set in place by President Obama, Dreamers are left to face the threat of deportation and being sent to a country they don’t even know. Families are at risk of being torn apart if Congress remains idle. The moment to enact the DREAM Act is now,” said Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago).

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