Dear Friend,

I hope you and your loved ones are staying well. As you prepare to gather to celebrate the holiday season, I wanted to reach out to give you a few updates and remind you that my staff is ready to assist you with any needs that may arise.

Below, you’ll find information on energy assistance this winter, help for business owners and more.

With questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at 773-869-9050 or My staff and I are ready to serve you.

Stay warm and healthy, and I hope to hear from you soon!


Tony Munoz




State Senator | 1st District



Energy Assistance for winter


The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the Citizens Utility Board are reminding residents to apply for $200 million remaining in utility assistance under Governor JB Pritzker’s Help Illinois Families initiative – an expansion of the Low-Income Household Energy Assistance Program under the American Rescue Plan.  

Designed to support Illinois’ most vulnerable families and keep them from falling behind, the program will help cover the cost of heating and energy bills, including expanded benefits provided this year from $750 to $1,000, on average per household.

To learn more and to fill out a new remote application, visit


SBA Signature Loan Programs

The Small Business Administration reached $44.8 billion in funding to small businesses through more than 61,000 traditional loans in the last 12 months ending on Sept. 30, 2021. More than $1.4 billion in loans were made by SBA-approved lenders in Illinois, totaling 2,160 loans.


Reminder: COVID EIDL Applications due before Dec. 31, 2021

The COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan program ends on Dec. 31. Business owners, non-profits, and other eligible entities must apply or request an increase by 10:59 p.m. CT that day to be considered for the program. For more information about COVID EIDL, visit the SBA website.

Join the SBA’s Illinois District Office to learn more about the changes to the COVID EIDL program and how to navigate the application and reconsideration process on Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Register now to attend!


$3.5 million in tax credits available for investors

The Angel Investment Tax Credit Program has been a springboard for startups that range the entire spectrum, from tech and life sciences, to manufacturing – bringing innovative programs and services to fruition. In Illinois, venture funding is at an all-time annual record of over $5.5 billion raised and to finish the year strong, DCEO is reminding investors there is currently $3.5 million in tax credits still up for grabs for the remainder of the year on a first-come first-served basis. The program is still accepting applications from new businesses, as well as investors for the 2021 program. For more on applying, visit DCEO’s website.


College-bound students can use Common App to apply to Illinois public universities


Applying for college can be exhausting. Not anymore. Now there is just one application for all 12 public universities and dozens of private colleges in Illinois. Learn more at

Appointments to be required for certain services at Illinois driver’s facilities

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that throughout the next few months, many larger downstate and central Illinois Driver Services facilities will require appointments for behind-the-wheel road tests, REAL IDs, standard driver’s licenses and ID cards. Vehicle services, such as renewing a license plate sticker or applying for a vehicle title, do not require an appointment. The facilities and tentative dates they begin appointments can be found here. Other locations may be added to the list of appointment-required facilities after this rollout is complete.


Dear Friend,

This Veterans Day, let us come together to celebrate our United States service members for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. We must also honor the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The men and women who serve in our military are nothing short of American heroes, and they deserve our utmost respect and gratitude.

If you are currently serving or did a tour of duty in the past, thank you for your service. Your bravery and dedication to protecting American families and our greatest ideals is incomparable.  

For those who aren’t veterans, today is a time to reach out to veterans you know to pay your respects and thank them for their service. You can also send a message to an individual or to the home staff at our Illinois Veterans’ Homes by clicking here.

There are many resources available for our veterans. For more information, visit the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs or locate your closest Veteran Service Officer.  You have fought for us, and now we will fight for you.





Tony Munoz

State Senator | 1st District

Dear Friend,

It’s hard to believe, but autumn is here! The leaves are changing, cooler weather is rolling in and the holidays are on the horizon.

This month, the General Assembly will return to Springfield for the fall veto session to take up legislation we weren’t able to address earlier this year. I’ll keep you updated on the status of any new laws that could affect our community, and in the meantime, I’ve included news below on a few exciting investments in our area.

My office is here to assist you during this busy time. With questions about state services, legislative matters and more, please do not hesitate to call my office at 773-869-9050 or email us at

I look forward to hearing from you!



Tony Munoz

State Senator | 1st District

Back to Business relief program still open for Illinois small businesses

DCEO Back to Business

The $250 million B2B program is still open, offering eligible small businesses one-time grants of up to $150,000 to cover operation costs, staff payroll and other expenses. To qualify, a business must have made $20 million or less in revenue in 2019 and be able to demonstrate a reduction in revenue in 2020. Don’t wait—find a community outreach partner for application support and apply today at Applications close on Oct. 13.


Household assistance available for low-income families

Emergency Relief

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is providing $327 million to support Illinois’ most vulnerable residents with rent, utilities, food and other household expenses, regardless of immigration status. Eligible households are encouraged to apply for the Low-Income Household Energy Assistance Program and Community Services Block Grant program. More information on the relief programs is available on the DCEO website.


Renew professional licenses online

IDFPR Renewal Deadline

Residents can now renew eligible professional licenses online. In addition, licensees’ renewal deadlines have been extended to Dec. 31, 2021. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation is encouraging licensees to renew their licenses quickly to avoid a backlog due to the more than 150,000 licenses that are up for renewal. Licenses may be renewed on the IDFPR website.


It’s time to get a flu shot

flu shot

With COVID-19 cases continuing to ravage our community, it’s more important than ever to get a flu shot to avoid co-infection with COVID-19 and the flu. Millions of people suffer from the flu every year, and hundreds of thousands are hospitalized while tens of thousands succumb to the virus. People six months and older are recommended to get the seasonal flu vaccine. Check with your health care provider, local health department or area pharmacy to find a flu shot location. More information about influenza can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health website at

Dear Friend,

I want to provide you with some resources that will help us transition into the coming months and give relief to our local businesses.

Below, find information on broadband assistance, the Back to Business relief program, and more.

I also want to remind you that while things are slowly opening back up, the pandemic is still something to be taken seriously. I encourage everyone to continue to wear a mask, and if you can, get vaccinated. It’ll be the best shot at ending this pandemic for good!


Senator Munoz



Tony Munoz

State Senator | 1st District


High-need students and families in Chicago eligible for $500 grant

Chicago Families Forward Fund

Students and families experiencing homelessness are eligible for relief through the Chicago Families Forward Fund. Under this program, students in temporary living situations (STLS) eligible for STLS services for the 2021-22 school year are given a one-time $500 microgrant. Payments will be made on a per-student basis. Eligible families may register at by Oct. 1 or pick up a paper registration form at their child’s school.


Internet service discounts available for low-income families

Broadband Graphic

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.


Grants available for organizations preparing Illinoisans for the workplace

Illinois Works

The Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program offers grants to community organizations that are modernizing and diversifying apprenticeship opportunities in Illinois. Nonprofits, including colleges and universities, can apply for grant funding to provide pre-apprenticeship skills training that helps underrepresented populations successfully transition into full construction and building apprenticeships. Apply for the Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program by Oct. 4.


Back to Business relief program still open for Illinois small businesses


The $250 million B2B program is now open, offering eligible small businesses one-time grants of up to $150,000 to cover operation costs, staff payroll and other expenses. To qualify, a business must have made $20 million or less in revenue in 2019 and be able to demonstrate a reduction in revenue in 2020. Don’t wait—find a community outreach partner for application support and apply today at


SBA expands Economic Injury Disaster Loan program to help more businesses


The Small Business Administration has made major updates to its COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan program to better serve businesses still reeling from the pandemic. The lending cap has been increased to $2 million, funding can be used for more purposes, and a new two-year deferred payment period will give business owners the flexibility they need to recover. Applications are due Dec. 31, 2021. Learn more or contact 1-800-659-2955 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Grant program aimed to help Illinois tourism industry bounce back

Tourism attractions and festivals

The Tourism Attractions and Festivals Grant Program offers grants of $10,000 - $1 million to help develop and enhance local tourism attractions, like museums, businesses, events, performances and festivals, and bring foot traffic back to Illinois. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. More information is available here.

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