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State Rep. Edward "Eddie" Acevedo is committed to continually working to improve our neighborhoods and develop opportunities for local residents. Acevedo sponsored the Illinois Dream Act to increase scholarship funding for children of immigrants and has helped make college more affordable for all by granting in-state tuition for non-resident students from other countries who currently live in Illinois.
For several years, Acevedo was the driving force behind legislation to grant temporary three-year driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants, but who have resided in Illinois for more than a year. In early 2013, Acevedo succeeded in passing this measure and seeing it signed into law.
Acevedo is a police officer for the Chicago Police Department, and he was decorated for heroism and valor by the Cook County Sheriff's Office for rescuing victims trapped in a fire. He is fighting to ensure that our streets are made safer by sponsoring legislation to ban assault weapons and crack down on individuals who sell firearms without a license. He helped pass the Safe Neighborhood Act for crime prevention, the Arnold Morales Bill to prevent children from accessing guns and a measure requiring weapons to be reported within 72 hours of the discovery of being lost or stolen. Acevedo also fought for legislation allowing veterans returning from active duty to use their qualifications earned through the armed forces to apply for positions within law enforcement.
Acevedo has secured millions of dollars in funding for numerous programs and organizations within the 2nd District, including the Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy (IHSCA), which is the first healthcare-oriented high school; La Casa, which is the first off-campus apartments with the benefits of on-campus residence halls; and restoring funding for the CTA's Blue Line. Acevedo successfully sponsored the KidCare Health Program, a low-cost health insurance program for children, and the State Hispanic Employment Plan, which he is now fighting to extend to Asian-Americans to help employ more minority workers in local neighborhoods.
As House sponsor of the Illinois Dream Act, Acevedo pushed this historical legislation that was designed to make scholarships, college savings, and prepaid tuition programs available to undocumented students who graduated from Illinois high schools. The law provides a great opportunity for students who would otherwise not be able to attend college. Acevedo has always been an advocate for the enhancement of our children's educational careers and he continues to push for legislation that will provide the best educational experience for all our children.
Acevedo is a second-generation Mexican-American, born and raised in the district he represents and where he has raised his five sons. He earned his Associate's Degree in General Studies from City Wide College and is a police officer for the Chicago Police Department. He is currently the longest serving Latino member of the General Assembly.
The 2nd District includes portions of the Chicago neighborhoods of Armour Square, Bridgeport, Brighton Park, Chinatown, Lower West Side, McKinley Park, Near South Side, Pilsen, and New City.