(773) 296-4141
3223 N. Sheffield

NEWS FROM THE 12th DISTRICT
Around the Neigbhorhood
Northhalsted Business Alliance Frost Fest 
3700 N. Halsted St. 
Sat. Feb. 25 & Sun. Feb. 26
(click here for details)

CTA Belmont Bypass Community Meeting 
19th District Police HQ
850 W. Addison St.
Tue. Mar. 14
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Protecting a Woman's Right to Choose Discussion
Center on Halsted
3656 N. Halsted St. 
Sun. Mar. 19
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Chicago Volunteer Expo

Find the volunteer opportunity that's right for you! Visit over 85 nonprofit organizations from across the city to learn how you can lend a hand.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr. 
Sunday, Feb. 26
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(click here for details)

COWL Scholarship Opportunity




Dear Neighbor,
 
Throughout my legislative career, I have tried to stay true to what I believe in and bring the collective voice of my constituents to Springfield.  It's my job to represent your best interests and join you in fighting for our rights when they are threatened.

In the first two months of 2017, women from Illinois and all across the country have come together in unprecedented numbers to deliver a loud and clear message to our new President - DON'T TREAD ON ME! 



I was proud to join millions of women who gathered in downtown Chicago and other cities in a massive demonstration for women's rights and civil rights last month.  These Rights have been under attack in a variety of direct and indirect threats by the Trump Administration.

Among the most frightening is the threat to take away a woman's right to choose. Fortunately, we are fighting back by taking steps in Illinois to keep abortion safe, legal and accessible regardless of potential federal efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade.

House Bill 40, which protects that right by striking the dangerous "trigger" language in the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975, advanced out of a House committee this month after more than 8,000 people signed on in support.

The bill also removes discriminatory provisions from Illinois law that denies insurance coverage for State Employee Health Insurance as well as women who are insured by Medicaid.

If passed, Illinois would join more than a dozen other states that provide women with health assistance funds that cover the full range of reproductive related care including abortion care.

After repeated threats from the White House and President Trump's remarks to strip abortion rights from women, this legislation is necessary to safeguard a woman's right to make decisions that affect her personal health in Illinois and I am proud to lead the legislative effort in Springfield.

BUDGET ADDRESS RESPONSE

The governor delivered his budget address and once again failed to perform his constitutionally mandated responsibility of delivering a balanced budget. Watch my response to his speech here.

Very Truly Yours,
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sara Feigenholtz
State Representative
12th District
 
P.S. - 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
Advocacy & Engagement Series:
Community Learns How To Help Refugees 
Residents packed Concordia Church on Monday, January 30 to learn how they can help Syrian Refugees
coming to America.

In December , we hosted our first "Advocacy & Engagement Series" event. The topic that night was "Protecting Our Civil Liberties," and the response from the community was incredible. People of all backgrounds and political persuasions attended the event to learn about the threats to our democracy posed by President Donald Trump.

On January 30, we hosted our second event in the series. This event focused on helping Syrian Refugees transition to life in America. The panel included Syrian refugee Souad Ajjan, Rebecca Glenberg of the ACLU, Becky Carroll of Stand With Aleppo, Suzanne Sahloul of the Syrian Community Network, and Melineh Kano of Refugee One. 
 
We were heartened by the community response to this event. Hundreds packed Concordia Church to learn how they could help and hundreds more watched the event online. After the presentation, several people volunteered to host a refugee family. One could not help but notice the spirit of community and unity that has come from all of this.
 

 
Please follow the links below to learn more about the organizations that presented, and learn how you can directly get involved.  

RefugeeOne.   RefugeeOne is the largest refugee resettlement agency in Illinois.This is a great organization to reach out to if you are interested in hosting a refugee family or serving as a mentor to newly arrived refugees.

Syrian Community Network.  The Syrian Community Network (SCN) was established by a diverse team of community members with intentions to aid and to assist in easing the resettlement of Syrian refugees. This is another great organization to contact if you are interested in hosting a refugee family or helping them transition to life in America.   
 
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).  
The ACLU is leading the legal challenges to President Trump's executive orders. The ACLU is on the frontline of the fight to defend the rights guaranteed to every person in the U.S. Constitution.


 
 
 

Condominium Ombudsperson Appointed condo

We are excited to announce that  Adrienne Levatino was named the Condominium and Common Interest Community Ombudsperson ("CCIC Ombudsperson"). The legislation creating this position was driven by the many constituents who needed guidance about navigating condominium law. Responding to this need, I co-sponsored legislation creating this office.

The mission of the CCIC Ombudsperson is to provide information to unit owners, condominium and common interest community associations and their respective boards so they all may better understand their rights and obligations under the Condominium Property Act and the Common Interest Community Association Act.   

We are scheduling a date for another "Condominium Workshop" with experts in condominium law, and we are hoping everyone will have the opportunity to meet Adrienne Levatino at this meeting. Look for more details in next month's newsletter.
 
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