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Munoz reacts to Supreme Court halting of census citizenship question

munoz 052819CHICAGO – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the Trump Administration may not ask about citizenship on the 2020 Census. Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) reacted to the ruling with the following statement:

“The Supreme Court has delivered a decision that encourages a complete and accurate count on the 2020 Census. The idea of adding the citizenship question to the census was nothing short of an attack on our democracy, and a fearmongering tactic against undocumented people and communities of color.

“I’m proud to stand with a governor and colleagues who are committed to counting every last person in our state, and I look forward to the representation and resources that effort will bring to Illinois.”

Munoz proud to support immigrants

munoz 032819CHICAGO – Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) commended the governor’s signing of three measures that will provide security and support for undocumented immigrants across Illinois.

“Illinois has always been a refuge for people from all over the world,” Munoz said. “For that reason, we are proudly one of the most culturally diverse states in the country. These measures ensure that our immigrant families feel safe and will remain here at home.”

The following legislation was signed into law today:

  • House Bill 2691, which provides access to financial aid for undocumented students and other groups of students who have limited access to aid.
  • House Bill 2040, which bars the state and local communities from entering into contracts for private immigration detention centers.
  • House Bill 1637, which bars law enforcement agreements that deputize police to act as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.


House Bills 2040 and 1637 are now under effect, while HB 2691 goes into effect on Jan. 1.

Munoz expands efforts for locating missing persons

munoz 052819SPRINGFIELD – To help with locating missing persons, Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) is carrying legislation that strengthens the relationship between local law enforcement and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons Systems.

“When someone is missing, we want to make sure law enforcement is able to use every tool available to find them,” Munoz said. “By utilizing this national system we have the opportunity to find people sooner.”

House Bill 2708 adds NamUS to the list of laboratories law enforcement agencies can coordinate with under the Missing Persons Identification Act. NamUS is a national information clearing house and resource center for missing, unidentified and unclaimed person cases across the country.

Missing people’s information would need to be submitted to NamUS within 45 days. In high-risk missing person cases, law enforcement would be required to submit a packet of all relevant DNA samples to NamUS within 30 days.

Law enforcement agencies would also be allowed to attempt to collect and create a reference DNA sample from family members of the missing person, and collect a DNA sample of the missing person. All DNA samples collected in missing person cases from family members of the missing persons cannot be retained once the person has been located or identified.

The proposal was approved by the Senate and will head back to the House on concurrence.

Munoz leads measure to prevent roadway fatalities

munoz 051419SPRINGFIELD – To prevent more tragic losses of emergency responders and highway workers, Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) announced legislation Tuesday that strengthens Scott’s Law and finds a way to end senseless roadway fatalities.

“As a former police officer, I know the life-threatening situations facing law enforcement every day, and I’m proud this legislation will protect and serve our brave men and women in uniform,” Munoz said. “We can’t afford to lose any more lives, so I implore all drivers to slow down and move over when you see first responders on the roads.”

Sen. Antonio Munoz

1st District
Assistant Majority Leader

Years served: 1999 - Present

Committee assignments: Assignments; Executive Appointments (Chairperson); Executive; Insurance; Veterans Affairs; Energy and Public Utilities.

Biography: Born Feb. 18, 1964, in Chicago; served in U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division; City of Chicago-Mayor's License Commission, Local Liquor Control Section (1990); Dept. of Aviation; Mayor's Office of Budget & Management; member of Fraternal Order of Police; married (wife, Patricia), has three children.

Associated Representatives:
Theresa Mah
Aaron M. Ortiz