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NEWS FROM THE 12th DISTRICT
Around the Neighborhood
 
Northalsted Halloween Parade
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Tuesday, October 31 
Halsted St. from Belmont to Cornelia
7:30 p.m. - Parade Kicks off at Belmont & Halsted
Click here for more information. 
 
Condominium Owner Workshop 
Nettelhorst School
3252 N.  Broadway 
Saturday, Nov. 4 
10 a.m - Noon 
 
Our condo law guru Sima Kirsch and Illinois Condominium
 Ombudsperson Adrienne Levatino will be on hand to present and answer questions about condo law.

This workshop will cover a range of topics, including navigating the terrain of board membership, the value of condo education, and the nuances of condo law.

RSVP Here.  
 

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Donation Request  


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 

The 19 th District CAPS is collecting toiletries for local woman's shelters.  Many women escape domestic violence with nothing but the clothes they are wearing.
 
When you are out running errands, please consider grabbing an extra tube of toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, facial cloths, feminine hygiene products or anything you use in your daily routine. All donated items will help victims of domestic abuse get back on their feet.  No donation is too small and all are greatly appreciated. 
 
The 19 th District will be collecting items through the month of October.  You can drop off items at the station, 850 W. Addison, anytime. You can also drop off items at our office at 3223 N Sheffield from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. 
 


 

Dear Neighbor,

September 28 marked a truly historic day for Illinois women. Thanks to the hundreds of thousands of phone calls, letters, postcards, and emails from dedicated supporters, Governor Rauner signed HB40.  
 
HB40 protects a woman's right to choose in Illinois no matter what happens in Washington. From now on women who are insured by Medicaid or state employee health insurance will have access to abortion services.

When signing the bill, the Governor said, "No woman should be forced to make a different decision than another woman would based purely on her income."
 
After he flip-flopped on HB40, Governor Rauner fulfilled his promise to support this legislation. Women deserve certainty in their own state in the current political climate in Washington around these social justice issues.  
 

School Funding Update

As another school year began in August, Chicago Public Schools entered into a fairer system of funding that treats CPS like every other school district in the state.  Teachers and students can focus on building academic successes with predictability - there is no worry of schools not opening on time, or ending the school year abruptly.  
 
This letter  from CPS Superintendent Forrest Claypool touches on the economic security the education funding bill provides for our public schools. We will continue on this forward path 
in order to make a difference for the children and families in our community.


Response to Las Vegas

Mass shootings continue to plague our country. While it's important to mourn the loss of the victims, our mourning is hollow unless it's met with action.  

I'm co-sponsoring two pieces of legislation that can help prevent another shooting. The first is a   ban on assault weapons and modifications to guns which turn semi-automatic firearms into automatic weapons.  These devices, known as "bump stocks," were used in the Las Vegas shooting and there is no reason anyone should be allowed to own them. Even the NRA supports tighter restrictions on these devices.
 


The second piece of legislation is the Gun Dealer Licensing Bill. Gun dealers are the link between gun manufacturers and the public. They're one of the largest sources of illegally trafficked firearms.
 
SB1657 will encourage better business practices and hold corrupt dealers accountable. It will help curb a major source of illegally trafficked firearms from entering our communities.
 

 
Veto Session
 
In October, lawmakers return to Springfield to try and override the Governor's vetoes. Here are bills that Rauner vetoed that I would like to see overridden.

Student Loan Bill of Rights
 
Getting a college degree is becoming more expensive by the year and that means more young adults and families will have to turn to student loans in order to get a college education. Despite the average student loan debt ballooning to more than $29,000, Governor Rauner didn't think it was important for Illinois to pass a law creating a student loan bill of rights for those seeking education loans in Illinois.  That's the wrong answer. This law would require loan servicing firms, which administer government-backed student loans, to tell borrowers about all of their repayment options and eliminate the confusion over these essential borrowing plans. 
 
Equal Pay for Women 
 
Despite the progress we have tried to make on equal pay, a significant wage gap continues to exist between men and women in the workplace. Studies show that prohibiting asking a job candidate to disclose their previous job salaries would close the wage gap.  Rauner vetoed this   bill .

Geolocation Privacy

To help increase privacy, I co-sponsored HB3449, which would let consumers find out what information about them is collected and shared. It would limit when people can be tracked by smartphone applications, and regulate the eavesdropping by microphones in cell phones, smart TVs and internet-linked personal assistants. 
 
Fall veto session starts the week of   October 24 th.   I promise to keep you informed. Until then, enjoy the fall activities in and around our neighborhoods and please don't hesitate to reach out to my office if there is anything we can do to assist you.

 
  
Warmest regards,
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sara Feigenholtz
State Representative
12th District 
 
Please follow us on Facebook for updates throughout the legislative session or call my office (773) 296-4141 if we can be of help to you.
Around the Community
Back To School Drive
                     
 
 
We made our initial delivery of school supplies this month to LaSalle Language Academy.

These donations help teachers, students, and staff focus on what's most important: ensuring the best education for our school children.

Thank you Principal Beth Bazer for all you do for the kids at LaSalle. 
 
Neighborhood Meetings


Evening on Astor, "The World's Most Elegant Block Party," hosted by the Gold Coast Neighbors Association never disappoints. Thank you to all the volunteers for your hard work at making this one of the best annual events in our district.
 
A special thanks to our other elected officials, City Clerk Anna Valencia, Sen. President John Cullerton, Secretary of State Jesse White, and Alderman Michele Smith for helping make this event special.
 
  
Thank you to Buena Park Neighbors for inviting me to speak at your recent meeting. This is one of the liveliest neighborhood organizations in our district and I enjoyed updating the crowd and taking questions. 
 
  
The 18th Police District Hospitality Committee asked for an update on legislation in Springfield affecting their businesses and public safety. We had a discussion about legislation I supported which is now law toughening sentences for repeat gun offenders. We also discussed the success of the legislation I sponsored restoring "Happy Hour" to Illinois. Local restaurants have reported an increase in sales since the legislation become law, and there has not been an increase in drunk driving or drunken incidents.
'A Woman Who Dared' Award
 
Every year, the Chicago chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW), hosts their  "Woman Who Dared" Award reception.

Along with Tamar Manasseh, Founder  of MASK (Mothers/Men Against Senseless Killings), 
I too was recognized as a  Woman Who Dared for HB40 efforts.
Theater on the Lake   
 
The newly renovated   Theater on the Lake  is open @ 2400 N. Lake Shore Drive !
 
There are magical places in the 12th district and this one has been renovated for year-round entertainment. I saw a spectacular performance of West Side Story here (I won't tell you what year I saw it!)

The Chicago Park District has expanded programming beyond summer and is adding a bar, restaurant and outdoor patio.  Theater on the Lake will make the lakefront a welcoming place for residents and visitors to enjoy recreational and cultural activities.

 
Stay in  touch with us !

If we can be of any assistance to you , please contact our constituent service office:

State Representative Sara Feigenholtz
3223 N. Sheffield Ave, Suite A
Chicago, Il 60657
(773) 296-4141 | www.staterepsara.com