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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 creating a $500 Tuition Tax Credit and 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, drawing strong praise and gratitude from Chicago's Latino population.
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 safe by sponsoring legislation to ban assault weapons, crack down on individuals who sell firearms without a license, punish individuals who contribute to the impersonation of police officers by manufacturing or selling false badges, and those who knowingly fail to provide vehicle registration records to the Secretary of State in order to conceal a vehicle's identity. He helped pass the Safe Neighborhood Act for crime prevention and the Arnold Morales Bill to prevent children for accessing guns. 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.
Every year, Acevedo fights to ensure residents of the 2nd District receive their fair share of state funding. He has secured millions in funding for numerous programs and organizations within the district, including restoring funding for the CTA's Blue Line to keep it running. Acevedo has 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 the communities within the 2nd District.
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 act provides a great opportunity for many students who would otherwise not attend an institute of higher learning. 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.
Rep. Acevedo's committee appointments reflect his commitment to improving education, economic development and living conditions for the residents of his district. Acevedo is an Assistant Majority Leader – the first Latino to be appointed to this position – and is the co-founder of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus. He serves as Chairman of the House Biotechnology Committee and is a member of the House committees on Appropriations–Elementary and Secondary Education, Energy, Executive, and Financial Institutions.
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 Associates 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, and New City.