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  • Illinois DOC: Repeat gun offender bill could save $62 million

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  • Latino Caucus supports Illinois National Guard troops deployed to Puerto Rico

    aquino 110917SPRINGFIELD-Illinois recently sent more than 100 Illinois Army National Guard troops to assist in the rebuilding of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, as many on the island continue to live without electricity or clean water.

    “Illinois has a large population of Puerto Ricans, and sending support to those who are struggling in their homeland is the right thing to do. I thank our troops who have been deployed to help as the people of Puerto Rico continue to rebuild,” said Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago), Co-Chairman of the Latino Caucus.

  • Martinez, Munoz: Allow deported veterans to come home (VIDEO)

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  • Munoz eases process for obtaining college credit for military courses

    munoz vets 042116SPRINGFIELD – When Jauwan Hall, a former Marine, transferred to the University of Illinois at Chicago from Kennedy-King College he was unaware that the same military courses wouldn’t be counted toward his degree, and he would have to retake the classes.

    “There was no mechanism in place to designate those courses as UIC courses so there’s no mechanism that tells people in the registrar’s office that this course is equivalent to this course,” Hall said. “There were people at the university who were aware of the issue and were trying to work with the university to implement something university-wide.”

    “But after having some conversations with administrators and other students it made sense to try to get something done legislatively because this is an issue that could be affecting veterans at a bunch of different state universities.”

    State Senator Antonio “Tony” Munoz (D-Chicago) proposed legislation approved by the Senate today that requires the state’s public universities and community colleges to develop a policy for awarding college credit for military courses.

    “There should be a clear policy for accepting military courses into our university system,” said Munoz, an Army veteran. “Veterans should not be shortchanged on the education they received while serving our country.”

    Schools would use the Joint Services Transcript, a synchronized transcript presenting data for the United States Army, Marine Corp, Navy and Coast Guard, to determine areas where college credit is applicable and interpret the number of hours the institution would credit.

    Senate Bill 2960 will now head to the House for consideration.

  • Munoz helps service members get college credit for military courses

    munoz vets 041216SPRINGFIELD - Service members looking to obtain college credit for military courses may soon have an easier process when transferring credits to a public university or community college in Illinois, under a Senate plan that was approved in committee today.

    The proposal, which passed the higher education committee unanimously, requires the state’s public universities and community colleges to develop a written policy for awarding college credit for military courses taken through the Armed Forces.

  • Munoz pushes to expand access to veterans’ rehabilitation program

    munoz 031517SPRINGFIELD — Veterans could soon gain expanded access to rehabilitation treatment through the Veteran and Servicemember Court program under a proposal that was approved in the Senate Criminal Law Committee yesterday. The measure, sponsored by State Senator Tony Munoz (D-Chicago), allows veterans to request to participate in the Veterans Treatment Court after sentencing.

    Often veterans do not recognize they have a problem or want to address the issue until after sentencing.  At that point, under current law, they are no longer eligible to receive assistance.

    “Unfortunately, a number of our veterans are struggling with substance and alcohol abuse as a result of their time in the Armed Forces, and we need to make sure they can take advantage of programs that help with their reintegration,” said Munoz, an Army veteran.

    The Veterans Treatment Court is a structured system that requires participants to report to meetings with a probation officer, report to appointments with a VA case manager, attend drug or alcohol rehabilitation programs as required, and adhere to other recommendations and requirements.

    Veterans who complete the VTC program may have their original charges dismissed, have their sentence terminated or be discharged from any further proceedings.

    Senate Bill 1312 now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

  • Munoz: Remember to respect school bus stop signs

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  • Raoul measure targeting repeat gun offenders becomes law

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  • Senator Munoz on Memorial Day

    Senator Antonio Munoz (D-Chicago) speaks to his experience as a veteran as well as the importance of Memorial Day in America.


  • Shared priorities, common ground yield budget action (AUDIO)

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  • Top new education laws for Illinois in 2016

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  • Without labor, nothing prospers

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