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FloorShot1 copy"To honor and remember his selfless acts of bravery during World War II, we are designating March 14 Manuel Perez Jr. Day in the state of Illinois." --- Senator Antonio Munoz

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) passed a resolution today honoring Manuel Perez Jr., a member of the 11th Airborne Division during World War II, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery and courage after his death.

Manuel Perez Jr. was a Mexican-American raised in Chicago.  He served as Private First Class in the Pacific Theater during World War II under the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

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Munoz Humane Soc Award 13 Mar 13 web vers copySPRINGFIELD –  State Senator Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) was honored by the Humane Society of Illinois and given the 2012 Humane Legislator of the Year Award for his strong leadership regarding animal protection; including sponsoring a bill in 2012 to ban the sale, trade and possession of shark fins in Illinois.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed the legislation into law on July 1, 2012.

Shown here are Senator Munoz being presented the award by members of the Humane Society of Illinois.

MunozFloorShot1 copySPRINGFIELD – Legislation passed by the Illinois Senate will ensure that the states neediest people have access to health care.  State Senator Tony Munoz (D-Chicago), a co-sponsor of the bill, has the largest population of people in the state who would benefit from this proposal.  

“Specifically, this measure will allow over 340,000 low income adults to receive medical coverage under the state’s Medicaid program,” Munoz said.  “This program will be paid for by the federal government and allow those who would normally only seek treatment in emergency rooms to go to the doctor to receive preventative care and maintenance care before serious illness occurs.”

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CHICAGO – State Senator Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) joined Mayor Emanuel and State’s Attorney Alvarez today to call on the legislature to strengthen sentencing for illegal gun possession.

“I stand with Mayor Emanuel in the fight to end gun violence.  I am sponsoring these initiatives in the Senate to increase the mandatory minimum sentence for illegal gun possession,” Munoz stated.  “Although this could increase costs for incarceration, you cannot put a price on a human life.  I believe the cost is worth it to save lives.”

The proposed legislation, set forth at the press conference, would have the following impacts:
     • Increase the penalty for felons who carry guns, from two years to three years, with subsequent offenses requiring a minimum of five years.

     • 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.

     • 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% of their sentence.

Until these stricter sentences become law, State’s Attorney Alvarez has instructed assistant state’s attorneys to prosecute those charged with a gun crime to the fullest extent of the law. 

“This will act as a deterrent to those with illegal weapons in our neighborhoods,” Munoz said.


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