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State Senator Tony Munoz spoke on the Senate Floor today to honor the men and women who have served their country and sacrificed for our freedom. To listen to the audio click below:


FloorShot2SPRINGFIELD - As Co-chair of a bipartisan effort to educate and inform members of the General Assembly and the public about the need to do more to combat diabetes in our state, Senator Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) is reminding the community to learn more about the symptoms of this disease, and how early detection is crucial to successfully managing the disease.

Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050, and an additional 79 million Americans are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes treatment is fundamental to the overall health and well-being of those afflicted.  The impact of unidentified and untreated diabetes conditions can be felt in every community and in every sector of state government including Medicaid, child and family welfare, public education, and others. 

Currently, the outlook for our state’s health is grim.  Diabetes will affect one of every three children born after the year 2000.  Type 2 Diabetes represents 18 percent of all newly diagnosed cases of Diabetes for people under the age of 20.  Considering that obesity is the main contributor to Type 2 Diabetes in children, the state must act now to address these serious medical conditions with far-reaching physical, public health and fiscal implications.   

The Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus is working to support sound Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes policy development, elevate diabetes to a higher focal point, and create a forum for dialogue among the General Assembly, community stakeholders, and participating corporate and medical sponsors.

101513 Munoz Mandatory Minimum Press Conference 041CHICAGO – State Senator Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy for a press conference today urging the General Assembly to pass House Bill 2265, a measure that would increase penalties for several gun crimes.

“Criminals are not deterred by the current penalties for illegal gun possession,” Munoz said.  “The proposed legislation that I am sponsoring in the Senate will impose a mandatory minimum sentence.  My hope is that this harsher sentence will ensure that those committing gun crimes are held accountable.”

Under current law, illegal gun possession carries penalties along the same lines as those for repeated retail theft. As a result, more illegal guns are recovered in Chicago every year than in any other city in the country. CPD has recovered more than 5,500 guns to date.

Despite claims of exorbitant costs by the Department of Corrections, House Bill 2265 will pay for itself five times over by saving lives. According to an analysis completed by the University of Chicago, in one year this bill would have prevented over 400 violent crimes by keeping the offenders in prison.

“As of today, there are more than 100 people who have been involved in shootings and murders that would have been in prison if tougher sentencing policies were already in place,” Munoz said. “This law will keep people in our neighborhoods from becoming potential victims and I believe that is worth the monetary cost of this legislation.”

FloorShot1Chicago, IL – With more brutal shootings over the weekend in Chicago, state Rep. Michael Zalewski (D-Riverside) and state Sen. Antonio Muñoz (D-Chicago) are calling for a measure that aims to increase minimum sentencing for the most serious gun crimes and requires offenders to serve at least 85 percent of imposed sentences to be considered during the upcoming fall veto session.

“We continue to see criminals escaping with minor sentences for possessing and using firearms, which clearly shows us that our current laws as they relate to gun offenders fail to provide sufficient deterrence from committing these horrific acts of violence,” Zalewski said.  “A prime example of where this proposed measure will help prevent crime is that one of the gunmen from this past weekend’s shootings had a Unlawful Use of a Weapon (UUW) charge in 2012, and if this law was on the books he would have been in prison, not committing murder on our streets.”

“As a former Chicago Police Officer, I understand the need to stop the gang fighting throughout our communities, this is why I am sponsoring HB 2265 in the Senate,” Muñoz added.  “This legislation will give Cook County State’s Attorney Alvarez additional tools to ensure those who commit gun crimes serve 85 percent of their sentence.  By adding mandatory minimums for crimes like the recent heinous shootings in Back of the Yards neighborhood, my hope is that these tougher penalties will act as a deterrent.”

House Bill 2265 is backed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy.  The proposed legislation will increase the penalty for felons who carry guns, from two years to three years, with subsequent offenses requiring a minimum of five years.  It will also increase the minimum sentence for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon when the offender does not possess a valid FOID card and the gun is in their possession and loaded, from one year minimum to three years minimum.  Additionally, it will add these specific gun crimes to the list of serious crimes that are subject to Truth in Sentences guidelines, requiring that offenders serve at least 85 percent of their sentence.

“It is my hope that by implementing these penalty enhancements and having mandatory minimum sentences on the books, prosecutors will have the ability to punish these criminals and hopefully deter them from committing further gun crimes,” Zalewski said.  “I believe that gun safety is a concern not only in my district, but across the state.  I will continue to work on common sense public safety measures that will protect our families and loved ones.”

For more information and updates on House Bill 2265, please contact Sen. Muñoz’s constituent service office at (773) 869-9050 or Rep. Zalewski’s constituent service office at (708) 442-6500.


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