New Lilly Diabetes Solution Center and Helpline now up and running

diabetes 528678 1920CHICAGO - Assistant Majority Leader Antonio “Tony” Munoz (D-Chicago) encourages those struggling to afford insulin to contact the Lilly Diabetes Solution Center and Helpline by dialing (833) 808-1234.

“People with Diabetes need insulin to live and none of them should have their access cut off because they can’t afford it,” Munoz said. “This is a controllable condition and I applaud Lilly Diabetes for creating a resource that will alleviate stress for many and save lives.”

The new solution center and helpline is available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Callers are greeted by staff who will review each individual’s personal circumstances and work to identify low-cost options for insulin products.

“Our community can benefit from the services offered through the Lilly Diabetes Solution Center and Helpline,” Munoz said. “We need to make sure people throughout Illinois are aware of this new resource.”

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 13 percent of the Latino population in the U.S. live with diabetes. The Lilly Diabetes Helpline offers services in English, Spanish and several other languages.

The helpline offers numerous solutions for individuals searching for insulin, including: point-of-sale savings, information on accessing insulin through free clinics and immediate support surrounding insulin needs.

Munoz080318SPRINGFIELD – A new scratch-off Illinois Lottery game will create more revenue to benefit police memorials under a new law sponsored by Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago).

The legislation, House Bill 5513, was signed into law this week.

“Preserving the memory of fallen officers through memorials, scholarships and assistance to their families shows our gratitude for their service,” said Munoz, a former Chicago police officer. “The families of these brave officers deserve support as they continue to heal from their loss, and they deserve to know their loved one’s service isn’t forgotten.”

The proceeds from the scratch-off will fund grants to be used for building and maintaining memorials and parks, holding annual commemorations, giving scholarships to children of officers killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty, and providing financial assistance to police officers and their families when an officer is killed or injured in the line of duty.

The game will begin Jan. 1, 2019 or sooner if possible. The net revenue will be deposited equally to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Fund, the Police Memorial Committee Fund and the Illinois State Police Memorial Fund.

The law also allows the fund to be used to provide financial assistance to officers for the purchase or replacement of bullet proof vests to be used in the line of duty.

Munoz061418 2CHICAGO – Assistant Majority Leader Antonio “Tony” Munoz (D-Chicago) and a group of about 60 area seniors attended Thursday’s Chicago White Sox game to enjoy the day and discuss their community needs.  

“These are people that are so invested in their communities and their input is very important to me,” Munoz said. “I am happy to treat them to an afternoon like this and I am very appreciative of their feedback.”

Read more: Munoz takes seniors on informational trip to White Sox game (PHOTOS)

New legislation requires notice of potential pollution

Munoz071018 2CHICAGO – A large crowd of angry McKinley Park residents voiced their opposition to an asphalt plant at a town hall meeting hosted on Tuesday by Assistant Illinois Senate Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago).

When McKinley Park residents noticed new silos being built in their neighborhood earlier this year, they were blindsided, according to the Chicago Tribune. The silos were for a nearby asphalt plant that will be fully operational this month. Due to an apparent oversight by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, residents were not properly notified, receiving notice only two weeks before the project began.

Moved by the public outcry and the Tribune article, Munoz filed legislation (Senate Bill 3623) so that a situation like this – in which residents and state legislators receive no advance notice of something that may impact community health and safety – never occurs again in Illinois.

“It’s extremely unfair for residents not to have an opportunity to voice their opinion when their health, property values and livelihoods could be at risk due to possible pollution coming to their neighborhood,” Munoz said. “I learned about this project after the fact like everyone else and knew I had to take action.”

Read more: Munoz hosts town hall meeting on McKinley Park asphalt plant concerns

Munoz053018SPRINGFIELD – Assistant Majority Leader Antonio “Tony” Munoz (D-Chicago) supported the Senate’s FY 19 state budget Wednesday.

“The bottom line is this budget funds the services many people in my district depend on,” Munoz said. “We put the people of Illinois first with this budget, and I am happy that it was able to come together with support from Democrats and Republicans.”

The Senate budget includes a funding increase of $350 million in K-12 funding, which keeps up with the state’s commitment to the new evidence-based funding formula that was approved last year. This investment ensures no school district will receive less money than last year, and many will receive additional funding through the formula’s tier-based system.

Read more: Munoz: Senate Budget continues to stabilize state services