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ISP081718SPRINGFIELD- Retiring Illinois State Police Officers and Illinois State Fire Marshal Investigators could soon have the option of purchasing their service weapon and badge under legislation sponsored by Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago).

“As an officer, you carry your badge and gun every day,” Munoz said. “They are symbols of a career in law enforcement, and retiring officers have earned the opportunity to keep them as an honor to their commitment and service.”

The Department of State Police, the Director of the Secretary of State Department of Police and the Office of the State Fire Marshal will have the responsibility of establishing the program allowing retiring officers to purchase their service weapon and badge.

According to the Fraternal Order of Police, the Illinois State Police established a similar practice in 2016, which resulted in 82% of retirees buying back their service revolvers in 2017. Senate Bill 2640 would codify that program and add State Police Officers and Department of Natural Resource Officers to the list of qualifying retirees.

Officers who request to purchase their service weapon must possess a valid FOID Card upon retirement and pay the department for the pistol.

Only officers are granted an honorable retirement and are in good standing will be permitted to participate in the program.

The law is now in effect.

handgun 3149414 1920SPRINGFIELD – Assistant Majority Leader Antonio “Tony” Munoz’s (D-Chicago) legislation giving the Illinois State Police tools to better evaluate Firearm Owners Identification Card applications was signed into law today.

“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.”

Currently, individuals who have been a patient of a mental health facility within the past five years are ineligible to receive a FOID card. House Bill 4855 expands the definition of patient to include those who are placed in a mental health facility against their will, but ultimately not court ordered.

The legislation also:
• Changes the Illinois State Police’s requirement to approve or deny FOID card renewals within a 30-day period to a 60-day period.
• Allows for the suspension of an individual's FOID card if the card is subject to revocation for a reason that is not grounds for permanent revocation.

The law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2019.

New Lilly Diabetes Solution Center and Helpline now up and running

diabetes 528678 1920CHICAGO - Assistant Majority Leader Antonio “Tony” Munoz (D-Chicago) encourages those struggling to afford insulin to contact the Lilly Diabetes Solution Center and Helpline by dialing (833) 808-1234.

“People with Diabetes need insulin to live and none of them should have their access cut off because they can’t afford it,” Munoz said. “This is a controllable condition and I applaud Lilly Diabetes for creating a resource that will alleviate stress for many and save lives.”

The new solution center and helpline is available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Callers are greeted by staff who will review each individual’s personal circumstances and work to identify low-cost options for insulin products.

“Our community can benefit from the services offered through the Lilly Diabetes Solution Center and Helpline,” Munoz said. “We need to make sure people throughout Illinois are aware of this new resource.”

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 13 percent of the Latino population in the U.S. live with diabetes. The Lilly Diabetes Helpline offers services in English, Spanish and several other languages.

The helpline offers numerous solutions for individuals searching for insulin, including: point-of-sale savings, information on accessing insulin through free clinics and immediate support surrounding insulin needs.

Munoz080318SPRINGFIELD – A new scratch-off Illinois Lottery game will create more revenue to benefit police memorials under a new law sponsored by Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago).

The legislation, House Bill 5513, was signed into law this week.

“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 sooner if possible. 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 law also allows the fund to be used to provide financial assistance to officers for the purchase or replacement of bullet proof vests to be used in the line of duty.


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