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State Senator Tony Munoz (D-Chicago), together with Representative Acevedo, will be hosting a Cash Dash event on March 13, 2012.  Cash Dash staff will be on site to help local residents find out if they have unclaimed property.

The event will take place between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the District Office of Illinois State Sen. Antonio Munoz & Rep. Edward Acevedo, located at 1836 W. 35th St., First Floor, Chicago.

The Cash Dash program helps reunite owners with their unclaimed property. The Unclaimed Property Division has $1.5 billion in cash, plus contents from Illinois bank safety deposit boxes that have been abandoned for at least five years.  In the past, the Cash Dash program has returned about $80 million annually to owners throughout Illinois.  It’s common for people to lose track of their assets when they move or when loved ones pass away.  Businesses and banks are required to turn over unclaimed accounts to the treasurer’s office.

To find out if you have unclaimed property through Cash Dash, you can visit the treasurer’s website at www.treasurer.il.gov and follow the Cash Dash link, or you contact the Unclaimed Property Division by calling 217-785-6998 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

State Senator Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) attended the announcement of La Casa as they begin taking applications for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year.

“I was honored to join The Resurrection Project today to officially announce the completion of La Casa,” said Senator Munoz.  “This wonderful new facility will provide students attending college an innovative community-based dormitory close to home in Pilsen.  Not only will these students have the ability to experience dorm life, they will become closer to their community through internships and mentoring programs.”

For more than 20 years, The Resurrection Project has promoted the pursuit of education as the key to a successful future.  La Casa is the culmination of work that will not only provide students a place to pursue their education, but also serve the community through their partnership with Instituto Del Progreso Latino.

La Casa will provide a safe place for students wanting to attend college, many of whom are the first in their families to do so. They can face significant hardships because of the lack of a support system.  La Casa is the support system they need to be successful and help others along the way. In 2010, only 13% of Hispanics ages 25 to 29 had completed a bachelor’s degree. La Casa will work to help increase those numbers within the community.

State Senator Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) met with participants of the Grow Your Own Teacher program during their rally in the Capitol Rotunda this week.

“I know these candidates have made a major commitment to become teachers, adding college onto their full-time work and family responsibilities,” stated Senator Munoz.   “This program has been essential in uniting community groups, higher education institutions and school districts to provide our students with dedicated and qualified teachers.”

Grow Your Own Teachers is an initiative of the State of Illinois that identifies, trains, and employs thousands of qualified teachers who have previous ties to the low-income communities where they will work. Each program under this initiative is organized and run by a consortium of institutions, including a teacher preparation university or college, a community-based organization, and a school district.

One of the most important parts of the Grow Your Own Teachers program is that participants live in the neighborhoods where they will teach, which lends to lower teacher turnover rates and saves school districts an estimated $50,000 that would otherwise be spent to recruit, hire, induct, and mentor each new teacher.  

According to the Grow Your Own program, “Nearly 41 percent of program participants are preparing to be bilingual, special education, or math and science teachers; positions that have been historically difficult to fill.”

State Senator Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) met today with members of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) during their legislative rally day in Springfield.

The Coalition was in Springfield to meet with lawmakers and inform them of their 2012 legislative agenda.  The ICIRR agenda includes a number of issues including promoting safer roadways by providing drivers’ licenses for immigrants; promoting civic engagement through encouraging more immigrants to become naturalized citizens; improving access to healthcare; creating an Asian American State Employment Plan; and  increasing opportunities for youth.

“I have and will continue to work with the Coalition to ensure that the rights of those who are working towards the goal of citizenship are not forgotten by the state,” said Senator Munoz.  “I was a proud sponsor of the Illinois DREAM Commission last year, and I look forward to working with the ICIRR once again to pass legislation that will ensure all Illinoisans are treated equally.”

ICIRR is dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, and social life of Illinois’ diverse society.

In partnership with their member organizations, the Coalition educates and organizes immigrant and refugee communities to assert their rights; promotes citizenship and civic participation; monitors, analyzes, and advocates on immigrant-related issues; and informs the general public about the contributions of immigrants and refugees.


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Springfield, IL 62706
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Chicago, IL 60609
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