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CHICAGO - State Senator Antonio “Tony” Munoz (D-Chicago) attended a vigil in Kelly Park, located in the heart of the Brighton Park neighborhood.

According to the Chicago Police Department, there were 127 shootings in the area in 2012 alone. Residents, students and community leaders demanded a stop to the violence that took the lives of 43 people in the area.

At the vigil, Munoz expressed his commitment to get assault weapons off the streets, and also his sorrow for the families who have lost loved ones to the hands of violence.

Munoz lit candles in remembrance of the victims of violence in Brighton Park, as well as for the 20 children and six adults who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook shooting in Newton, Connecticut.

PHOTO: A line of candles in remembrance of shooting victims lines a path at Brighton Park

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SPRINGFIELD – The Governor has signed a measure that will allow those without a Social Security number to receive a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License from the Secretary of State’s Office. Senator Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) has been working on this initiative since 2003, when he first attempted to pass similar legislation.

 

According to the Illinois Highway Safety Coalition, unlicensed, uninsured drivers are involved in almost 80,000 accidents in Illinois each year, resulting in $660 million in damage,” Munoz stated. “By allowing those who are undocumented to access the temporary license, we are ensuring they are properly trained, licensed and insured.”

 

Under the new law, undocumented immigrants have the opportunity to apply for a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License (TVDL). Currently, a person who does not have a Social Security number cannot obtain an Illinois driver’s license but can apply for a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License if they provide documentation issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

 

Differences between a driver’s license and a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License include:

 

  • A TVDL may not be used for identification purposes — it only grants the issuer the right to drive a vehicle.
  • To avoid confusion, a TVDL has a unique appearance and color to distinguish from a traditional driver’s license.
  • A TVDL is valid only for three years.
  • A TVDL may not be used for commercial driving purposes.

 

It is estimated that 250,000 Illinois immigrants would be eligible for a TVDL under this new law. The licenses will be available from the Secretary of State’s Office starting in October of this year.

 

For more coverage of this important issue, please view the following:

 

Coverage from WGN-TV

 

Coverage from the Chicago Sun Times

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate today passed a measure that will allow those without a Social Security number to receive a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License from the Secretary of State’s Office. Senator Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) has been working on this initiative since 2003, when he first attempted to pass similar legislation.

 

“As a police officer, I support this effort to ensure drivers are licensed and insured. This Temporary Visitor Driver’s License will make our roads safer and bring down the cost of insurance for all drivers,” Munoz said.

 

Senate Bill 957 will allow undocumented immigrants the opportunity to apply for a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License (TVDL).  Currently, a person who does not have a Social Security number cannot obtain an Illinois driver’s license but can apply for a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License if the person can provide documentation issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

 

Differences between a driver’s license and a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License include:

 

  • A TVDL may not be used for identification purposes — it only grants the issuer the right to drive a vehicle.
  • To avoid confusion, a TVDL has a unique appearance and color to distinguish from a traditional driver’s license.
  • A TVDL is valid only for three years.
  • A TVDL may not be used for commercial driving purposes.

 

 

“Every year, an estimated 76,000 accidents occur among uninsured drivers, costing $630 million in damage claims,” Munoz said.   “By ensuring these drivers have insurance and have been properly trained, we can reduce the number of accidents and the costs to the people of Illinois.”

 

It has been estimated that 250,000 Illinois immigrants would be eligible for a TVDL under Senate Bill 957. In addition, Illinois would join New Mexico, Utah and Washington in allowing driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.

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Springfield, Illinois — Legislation sponsored by State Senator Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) designates November 14th as Diabetes Awareness Day in Illinois.

House Bill 5003, an initiative of the Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus and amends the State Commemorative Dates Act to designate November 14 of each year as Diabetes Awareness Day. This date is also World Diabetes Day and commemorates the birthday of Frederick Banting who along with Charles Best, conducted experiments in 1922 that led to the discovery of insulin to manage diabetes.

Approximately 26 million or 8.3% of the U.S. population have diabetes and the number is growing due to the obesity epidemic especially in children. Diabetes is a chronic disease and is the seventh leading cause of death and the primary cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, blindness, heart disease and stroke. African-Americans and Hispanics are adversely affected by the disease.

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," said Senator Munoz, Co-Chairman of the Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus. "Diabetes will affect one of every three children born after the year 2000. In addition, Type 2 Diabetes represents 18 percent of all newly diagnosed cases of Diabetes amongst those less than 20 years old. 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, the group who initiated this legislation, will continue to support 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.

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