For tenants who are still struggling to pay their rent, the Illinois Rental Payment Program is accepting applications for the current round of assistance until Sunday, July 18, at 11:59p.m.

Applications can be completed at

The Illinois Rental Payment Program is an emergency rental assistance program designed to support households in Illinois that are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Neighbors who apply may be eligible for up to 15 months of assistance and a maximum grant amount of $25,000. The grant can cover past due rent from the previous 12 months and future rental assistance for the next three months, if deemed necessary.

In the event that a property owner is unresponsive, the Illinois Housing Development Authority will provide an alternative pathway to complete the application.

If you have any questions or need assistance completing your application, you can reach out to an area Housing Stability Service Provider. Providers in the 1st District include:

Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
4477 S. Archer Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60632
(773) 523-7110

The Resurrection Project
1805 S. Paulina St.
Chicago, Illinois 60608
(312) 666-1323

My staff is available to help answer questions and provide assistance however we can—just reach out to us at 773-869-9050 or


Tony Munoz

State Senator | 1st District

Dear Friend,

The weather is heating up, but life isn’t slowing down.

To keep you up to date, I’ve included information below on a number of new programs and service changes to help you and your family thrive this summer and beyond.

I hope you take advantage of these opportunities or pass the information along to someone who might benefit. As always, my staff is available to help answer questions and provide assistance however we can—just reach out to us at 773-869-9050 or

We look forward to hearing from you!


Tony Munoz
State Senator | 1st District

There’s still time to get vaccinated—and win big

Illinois continues to lead the Midwest in vaccinations against COVID-19. To reward Illinoisans for rolling up their sleeves, people who get vaccinated are automatically entered into a lottery with prizes of up to $1 million. The promotion will run until Aug. 26, with drawings for 43 cash prizes — including three million-dollar jackpots — and 20 scholarship awards. Find a vaccination site near you.

Expired driver’s licenses and IDs valid until Jan. 1, 2022

As driver services facilities reopen, many motorists have had to endure long lines to renew their licenses and state ID cards. To cut down on wait times and give you more flexibility, the secretary of state has extended all expired and expiring driver’s licenses and IDs to Jan. 1, 2022. You can also skip the crowds altogether by taking advantage of online services at

U of I hosts webinar series on bridging the digital divide

The University of Illinois Extension has partnered with the Illinois Office of Broadband and the Benton Institute for Broadband and Society to produce the second annual Developing Broadband Leadership Webinar Series. Each 90-minute session, held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., covers a different facet of the effort to extend critical high-speed internet access across the state:

  • July 13: Broadband Funding and Broadband Partnerships
  • July 27: Moving a Broadband Project Forward
  • August 3: Broadband Adoption and Affordability: Ensuring Broadband for Everyone

Participation is free, but registration is required.

Unemployed Illinoisans could qualify for insurance savings

Starting this month, Illinoisans who received unemployment benefits in 2021 could be eligible for financial help to purchase plans on the ACA Marketplace. Your monthly premium could average $10 or less per month—or even not cost you a dime. Visit by Aug. 15 to get free enrollment assistance and find out if you qualify.

Applications now open for 2021 Governor’s Export Awards

Do you know an Illinois-based company that has excelled in exporting, or an organization providing export assistance? Invite them to apply for the 2021 Governor’s Export Awards—the state’s highest recognition for exporting achievements. Apply on the DCEO website by July 31, and learn more about resources available through Illinois' Office of Trade and Investment at

Dear Friend,

I hope you and your family are enjoying the first few weeks of summer!

Below, you’ll find a few important state service updates that might interest you, including information on how to apply for rental assistance, get a discount on internet services and protect yourself against identity theft.

My staff and I are ready to help you navigate these programs, as well as address any other questions or concerns you may have about issues facing our community. I encourage you to reach out to us at (773) 869-9050 or

Stay cool!


Tony Munoz
State Senator | 1st District


Illinois Rental Payment Program opens to renters June 28

The Illinois Rental Payment Program offers up to $25,000 or 15 months of assistance to households in Illinois that are behind on rent due to pandemic-related job or wage losses. In order to qualify, tenants and housing providers must submit a joint application with proof of financial hardship as a direct or indirect result of the pandemic. The period for landlords to initiate an application is now closed, but renters can begin the application process starting Monday, June 28. Learn more at


Fee-based license suspensions and holds to be lifted July 1

Starting July 1, Illinois will no longer suspend a license for any ticket debt, fines or fees, including parking tickets, red-light camera tickets and abandoned vehicle fees. If your license is currently suspended or revoked due to a failure to pay a fee, it will be reinstated automatically for free by July 1. However, if there were multiple reasons for the hold on your record, your license may still be invalid—call the secretary of state’s hotline at 217-212-6212 to check.


Internet service discounts available for low-income families

More than 1.1 million Illinoisans lack access to at-home internet services, which can be a barrier to education and employment. To help close the digital divide, the federal Emergency Broadband Benefit program offers a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible low-income households, plus a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer or tablet. Apply now at or call 833-511-0311.


Beware of texts, emails soliciting personal information

Over the last several weeks, people across Illinois and the country have reported an uptick in scammers claiming to be from state agencies to steal personal information. Protect yourself from fraud: Never give out your Social Security number or banking information via text or email, and don’t click links contained in suspicious messages. If you have questions about phishing scams or identity theft, call the Illinois Attorney General's Consumer Fraud Hotline at 800-386-5438 or visit


Three major rating agencies upgrade Illinois’ financial outlook

This week, Fitch Ratings became the third rating agency to bump up Illinois’ credit, promoting our state’s outlook on Illinois’ General Obligation bonds from negative to positive. Over the past few years, we’ve been working hard to repay outstanding loans and drive down the bill backlog—even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we passed two balanced budgets and stuck to the path of fiscal responsibility. I’m proud to announce these efforts are paying off. Read more about what this means for Illinois.

Dear Friend,

I’m excited to announce Illinois has entered Phase 5 of our Restore Illinois recovery plan, meaning all capacity limits have been lifted. We have officially entered our new normal!

Here’s what Phase 5 will look like:

  • Businesses across all industries—including bars, restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, live music venues, and indoor and outdoor recreational spaces—can return to full operations for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Festivals, conventions and other large events can resume.
  • Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask except where required by local business and workplace guidance.

Find the full list of Phase 5 guidelines here.

Keep in mind: Under Phase 5, masks should still be worn in crowded, high-risk areas, like public transportation, congregate living facilities and health care settings. To protect those around them, unvaccinated people should continue to wear a mask indoors and practice social distancing, and residents who are immunocompromised should consider wearing a mask in settings where others may not be fully vaccinated.

In short, getting vaccinated is your ticket to normalcy. It’s a safe, quick and easy way to protect yourself and your loved ones against the virus—and it’s available to all residents age 12 and older. Find a vaccination site near you and make an appointment today.

Illinois has reached a test positivity rate of less than 2%, with more than half the population fully vaccinated, and hospitalization metrics have been on the decline since early May. These statistics are something to be proud of—Illinois could not have made such positive progress without the help of residents like you, who have masked up, social distanced and gotten vaccinated to protect your community. On behalf of the friends and neighbors you’ve kept safe: Thank you.

As we enter the final stage of our recovery, remember that my staff and I are here to help. For assistance with aid programs, state agencies, grant applications and more, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 773-869-9050 or email us at

Let’s move forward into this new era, together.


Tony Munoz
State Senator | 1st District

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