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FloorShot3CHICAGO – Senator Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) is encouraging his constituents and people throughout the state to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.  This is a time to recognize and celebrate the legacy of those of Hispanic decent.

“This is the time of the year where we remember, learn more about and celebrate our Hispanic heritage,” Munoz said.
 
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

To learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month or find events throughout the state please visit the Library of Congress Hispanic Heritage Month web page  or the Chicago Public Library for a listing of events.

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001munozCHICAGO – Senator Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) co-sponsored legislation that has been signed into law by the governor that will expand the number of people covered under Medicaid.  The new law, part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, will ensure that thousands of people in Illinois will now have access to quality health care.

“This will ensure that people who earn $15,860 as individuals and couples who earn a combined $21,408 will be able to access health care at an affordable rate,” Munoz said. “This will allow people to receive preventive care, not just emergency care when they become sick.”  
 
Senate Bill 26 will make Medicaid coverage available to adults with annual income below 138 percent of the federal poverty line. Illinois is expected to enroll 342,000 people by 2017. Currently, Medicaid is only available to children, their parents or guardians, adults with disabilities or seniors. Enrollment for the newly eligible population will begin Oct. 1 with coverage starting on Jan. 1.

For more information about Illinois' implementation of the ACA, go to HealthCareReform.illinois.gov.

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Senator Tony Munoz (D - Chicago) recently held the 2013 Back to School Family Health Fair, featuring school physicals, vaccines, dental exams, state services and fun activities for children and families.

The event was held in Brighton Park and included free food and music from El Patrón 95.5.

Click here to view photos from the fair.

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FloorShot5SPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by State Senator Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) will allow the Cook County Assessor to collect back taxes from those who claimed a homestead exemption they were not entitled to under the law.

“Currently, there are no measures in place under the law which will allow the assessor to collect taxes from those who were given a homestead exemption in error,” Munoz said. “This provides that office a means to collect taxes owed to the county.”

Senate Bill 41 allows the Cook County Assessor to collect back taxes from people who claimed homestead exemptions they were not entitled to receive.  Taxpayers will be informed of this with their second installment of their property tax bill. 

This law also allows for an amnesty program through December 31, 2013, where taxpayers could pay amounts they owe without incurring interest or a penalty.

Other safeguards for taxpayers in this law will include no penalty for those who inherited the property from a family member who had received the exemption. In addition, if the taxpayer received the exemption as the result of a clerical error, they would not be liable for the penalties and interest provided they pay the property taxes for the year in question.

Also, if taxpayers receive a notice from the Assessor that they are receiving this exemption in error, they have 30 days to contest the issue with the Cook County Assessor’s Office.

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