First District Senate Office
Antonio "Tony" Muñoz, D-Chicago, has served as State Senator of the 1st Senate District since January of 1999. He currently serves on the Education, Licensed Activities, and Public Health and Welfare committees. His district includes the Chicago neighborhoods of Pilsen, Little Village, McKinley Park, Back of the Yards, and the suburb of Cicero.
During his campaign for the Senate, Senator Muñoz defined his main concerns to be crime prevention, education reform, health care reform, stricter penalties for victims of domestic violence, job training, and unemployment.
Senator Muñoz was born February 18, 1964, in Chicago. He is a graduate of Good Shepherd Grammar School and Quigley South Seminary High School. He went on to serve in the United States Army with the 82nd Airborne Division. Senator Muñoz later attended Daley College.
Senator Muñoz’s career began with the City of Chicago in 1990 with the Mayor’s License Commission, Local Liquor Control Section. He then went on to the Department of Aviation, the Mayor’s Office of Budget and Management, and the Law Department.
This year, Senator Muñoz sponsored legislation that creates new penalties for persons who commit terrorist acts in Illinois. These new offenses include crimes committed using a machine gun, a firearm equipped with a silencer, or possession of an explosive device.
DNA testing gives law enforcement officials the opportunity to solve many crimes that might have otherwise gone unsolved. In order to help law enforcement officials in this endeavor, Senator Muñoz sponsored legislation requiring persons convicted of attempted robbery, armed robbery, burglary, or possession of burglary tools, to submit blood samples to the Illinois State Police within 45 days after being sentenced. Hopefully, by having a “DNA database” of known convicted criminals, the state can track their future movements and better protect our communities should these individuals commit other crimes.
In an effort to protect children from dangerous sexual predators, Senator Muñoz introduced legislation that prohibits prostitution or the solicitation of a prostitute within 1,000 feet of school property. Under this new law those convicted can face a penalty of up to 3 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
As a member of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, Senator Muñoz had an opportunity this spring to pass bills to help persons who are moving from public assistance into the workplace. One of these new laws is aimed at providing job training for those who are struggling to obtain employment. Muñoz’s bill will require the Department of Human Services to create three job skills enhancement programs to assist current and former welfare recipients in improving their job skills.
Currently, Senator Muñoz is a Chicago Police Officer assigned to the 11th District. He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, the Mexican-American Police Association (MAPA), and the Latin-American Police Association (LAPA).
Senator Muñoz lives in McKinley Park with his wife, Patricia, and their three children, Dolores, Michelle, and Tony, Jr.