Dear Neighbor:

The leaves are falling and autumn is in full swing. In this newsletter, you will find upcoming events happening in our community, seminars for local businesses and senior citizens, and details on the fall food drive and volunteer event I am hosting in anticipation of Thanksgiving.

At the end of the month, the General Assembly will reconvene for the fall veto session. Crucial issues will be considered, including the governor's veto of the ComEd smart grid legislation, human services, pension reform, and the state budget. As always, I continue to solicit your ideas and advice as we return to Springfield. Many of you have taken my constituent survey over the past few months. If you have not already, you can share your thoughts with me before the fall veto session by clicking here.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can ever be of assistance to you.

Very truly yours,

Sara Feigenholtz
State Representative
12th District

  • In the News
  • Health Insurance Seminar For Business
  • Senior Citizen Transit and Fraud Workshops
  • Coffee & Conversation
  • Food Drive
  • State Treasurer's Advisory Councils
  • Businesses: Save the date!
  • Operation Mitten
  • Senior Citizen Homeowner Exemption
  • Community Events

  • Health Insurance Seminar For Business

    business october 12

    Senior Citizen Transit and Fraud Workshops

    seniors october 19

    Coffee & Conversation

    coffee november 3

    Food Drive

    My office will be collecting non-perishable food items through November 18 to benefit the Lakeview Pantry, which serves countless residents here in our community.

    Items identified as most in need include:
    Peanut Butter & Jelly
    Whole Grain Products (Cereal, Pasta)
    Canned Tuna
    Canned Meat
    Canned Beans or Veggies
    Canned Fruit in Juice
    Low Sodium Soup
    Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
    Vegetable Juice/V8
    Any Other Non-Perishable, Non-Expired Food Items

    On Saturday, November 19, please join me in volunteering at the Lakeview Pantry's Broadway location that primarily serves residents east of Racine. From 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., we will help process incoming donations and prepare for the pantry's weekly home delivery service. If you have a car and would also like to help deliver food to residents in our neighborhood, please notify us in advance.

    If you are interested in joining me to volunteer, RSVP to (773) 296-4141 or sara@staterepsara.com. Attendance will be limited. If you are unavailable on November 19 but would still like to give back, visit the Lakeview Pantry website for other ways to get involved.

    State Treasurer's Advisory Councils

    Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is seeking volunteers to serve on citizen advisory councils for Job Creation, Financial Education & Literacy, Military & Veteran Affairs, Local Government and Agriculture. Any individual wishing to be nominated to serve on one or more of these advisory councils should contact my office at (773) 296-4141 or sara@staterepsara.com.

    Businesses: Save the date!

    Thursday, November 17
    9:30 AM
    Location TBD

    Join me, Peoples Gas, ComEd and the Illinois State Treasurer's office for this seminar for local businesses. Learn how to increase your energy efficiency and take advantage of programs to help lower your utility bills as we enter the winter months. The State Treasurer's office will explain their loan programs for business, including Business Invest. Keep an eye out for further details!

    Operation Mitten

    Operation Mitten has been a staple in our community year after year. You can help them keep children in the area warm this winter by donating to Lake View Citizens' Council's "Operation Mitten." All proceeds raised are used to purchase mittens, gloves, scarves and hats for children in need. LVCC provides the items for the holiday parties at the 19th and 23rd Police Districts for children from financially challenged homes. Many of the items are also given to beat officers in the 19th and 23rd Districts to pass out to children they see in need while on patrol. Donations may be sent to LVCC at 3355 N. Clark, Chicago, Illinois 60657.

    Senior Citizen Homeowner Exemption

    There are thousands of seniors in Cook County who have not applied for their senior citizen exemption on their fall tax bill. In the past, seniors did not have to reapply for the exemption every year but a new state law now requires a senior to reapply for the exemption annually.

    Seniors who did not apply will receive a $0 credit for the Homeowner and Senior Citizen Exemption.

    Seniors who failed to apply have two options:

    1) Pay the incorrect bill and apply for a "Certificate of Error." Homeowners will receive a refund within 100 days.

    2) File your exemption application at the Cook County Assessor's office at 118 N. Clark Street, 3rd Floor. Please bring your tax bill and a photo ID.

    A third party can file the request on behalf of a homeowner but will need the following identification: copy of the incorrect tax bill, copy of a photo ID and completed Senior Citizen Homeowner Exemption Form. To download the forms, click here.

    Please contact Commissioner Bridget Gainer's office with any questions at 312.603.4210 or info@bridgetgainer.com.

    Community Events

    Lake View High School, Meet and Greet with New Principal
    Tuesday, October 11, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Lake View High School, 4015 N. Ashland

    Join the Lake View community in welcoming and meeting new Lake View High School principal Dr. Lilith Werner. Opening remarks start at 6:00 p.m. with an art opening and mingling afterward. Live music will be provided by the by the LVHS jazz band and refreshments and snacks will be served. To RSVP, contact Donna Chen at dchen@cps.edu or 773.534.5599.

    Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, Business After Hours
    Thursday, October 13, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    J. Alexander's Restaurant, 1820 North Clybourn

    The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce invites you to develop your taste buds while you develop powerful and meaningful connections at a Wine and Cheese Business After Hours. This event will offer gourmet appetizers and drinks in a first-class atmosphere along with a brief instructional session on correct wine pairings. Tickets purchased by October 11 are $20 for members at $30 for non-members and may be purchased here. Tickets at the door will be $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Free parking is available in back of the restaurant. For more information contact the LPCC office at (773) 880-5200.

    Central Lake View Neighbors, Monthly Meeting
    Thursday, October 13, 7:30 p.m.
    Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Clarke Auditorium (7th floor), 836 West Wellington

    Central Lake View community major boundaries are Diversey to Belmont and Racine to Halsted and a small stretch of Clark and Barry. CLVN meets on the second Thursday of the month.

    Park West Community Association, Halloween Pumpkin Party
    Saturday, October 15, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Park West Playlot, Burling at Wrightwood

    Children 12 years of age and under and their parents are invited to this annual Halloween event hosted by the Park West Community Association. The event features pumpkins for decorating, food, candy, soft drinks, goody bags and decorations. Suggested donation is $5 per child or $10 per family. Costumes are not required, but are encouraged! For more information, contact Park West Community Association at info@parkwestcommunity.com or (773) 599-2336.

    Mid-North Association, Monthly Meeting
    Monday, October 17, 6:30 p.m.
    St. Paul's Church, 2235 North Orchard

    The Mid-North Association is bounded by Lincoln Park, Fullerton, Lincoln and the Ogden Right-of-Way. Meetings are held monthly on the third Monday.

    44th Ward Flu Shots
    Tuesday, October 18, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    600 West Diversey

    Everyone six months and older should get a yearly flu shot to help prevent the spread of germs. The Chicago Department of Health will be providing flu shots. If you have a Medicare card, please bring it with you. For additional locations and times, please visit www.cityofchicago.org/flu.

    Property Tax Workshop for Taxpayers in Lakeview Township
    Thursday, October 20, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Saint Luke, 1500 West Belmont

    Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey and Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Michael Cabonargi are hosting this appeals workshop to answer any questions you may have and to assist you with filing an appeal. Lakeview Township will soon open for appeals with the Cook County Board of Review, providing taxpayers in the township an opportunity to file an appeal of their taxes. For more information, please call Bridget at 773-871-4000 or e-mail bridget@fritchey.com.

    Lincoln Park Zoo, Spooky Zoo Spectacular
    Saturday, October 22, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Lincoln Park Zoo

    Spooky Zoo Spectacular, hosted by the Auxiliary Board, is an opportunity for children to celebrate Halloween in a free, safe and family-friendly environment. Guests are invited to learn fun facts about the animals in the Spooky Zoo Education Zone, stimulate their minds while making crafts, collect treats and enjoy entertainment throughout the zoo while dressed in their best or spookiest costume. At 11:00 a.m., family entertainment begins on main stage. From 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. enjoy the haunted house, arts and crafts, educational activities and trick-or-treating throughout the zoo. Admission is free.

    46th Ward Senior Health Fair
    Thursday, October 27, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Weiss Memorial Hospital, 4646 North Marine

    Mark your calendars for Alderman Cappleman's first senior health fair! Working with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Weiss Memorial Hospital, the fair will offer a walk-in seasonal influenza (flu) vaccination clinic. Stay tuned for more information.

    Agassiz School & CLVN Halloween Party
    Saturday, October 29, 10:30 a.m.
    Agassiz School, 2851 North Seminary

    The Friends of Agassiz School and Central Lake View Neighbors (CLVN) are hosting a Halloween party. Activities include showing of the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown movie at 11:00 a.m., a performance by Miss Ann at 11:30 a.m. and a parade at 12:00 p.m. Other fun activities include a pumpkin patch for photos, pumpkin decorating, a hay ride and a disco dance room.

    Clark Street Big Bad Spooktacular
    Saturday, October 29, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Registration at Halloween Headquarters, 2260 North Clark

    Spooktacular attendees, bring your family, bring your friends, bring your pooch if you'd like, but be sure to come on out! Just register at Halloween Headquarters and delight in FREE refreshments, crafts, and games before embarking on a trick-or-treating trek to participating businesses all along the street! While loading up on tasty treasures, trick-or-treaters will encounter wondrous surprises along the way: magicians, street performers and balloon artists, there will also be performances by theater group Nothing Without A Company. For more information and a schedule of the day's activities, visit the Visit Clark Street website.

    Space Park Spooktacular
    Sunday, October 30, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Space Park, 815 West Roscoe

    Built and maintained by the Triangle Neighbors Association, Space Park gets transformed into a Halloween Spooktacular filled with children's activities, cookie decorating, contests, games and storytelling. More than 100 children and their families participate annually in the Space Park activities. Focusing on fun for little ones, children 12 years and younger come out to show off their costumes and celebrate an extra day of Halloween on Halsted.

    Gold Coast Neighbors, Trick or Treat at Ghouly Park
    Monday, October 31, 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Goudy Square, Astor & Goethe

    Gold Coast Neighbors is pleased to invite children, parents and grandparents to join us at Goudy Park for the sixth annual "Ghouly" Park Halloween event. Popular attractions include huge, inflatable, mobile characters; noisy skeletons, ghosts and witches swinging from trees; a ghouly graveyard; and bones buried in the park's sandbox. Again this year Puppetbike, a colorful entertainer on stilts, and a roaming magician will entertain the kids and grownups alike. Adults in Halloween costume will pass out candy and toys galore. Sponsored by Gold Coast Neighbors, the Chicago Park District and Mayor Daley's Kidstart, the event will be made possible by generous donations of cash, candy, materials or talent from area businesses and residents.

    Northalsted Business Alliance, 15th Annual Northalsted Halloween Parade
    Monday, October 31, 6:00 p.m.
    Halsted from Belmont to Addison

    The legendary annual parade, emceed by the incomparable Miss Foozie, is always guaranteed to be one of the city's most outrageous and imaginative Halloween celebrations with hundreds of participants parading down Halsted Street, lined by thousands of viewing spectators for this must-attend event. Check-in for the parade is at 4 p.m. at Spin Nightclub. The parade will step-off from Belmont and Halsted at 6:00 p.m. Costume contest winners will be announced immediately following the parade. There will also be six fun and frightening stage show performers during the parade!

    In the News

    Press release
    September 15, 2011
    Rep. Feigenholtz, Dept. of Insurance Host Seminar with Local Business

    Huffington Post
    September 20, 2011
    Shofar FlashMob Around the World [Videos]

    Examiner.com, David Ormsby
    September 28, 2011
    Adoption group to help Illinois adoptees get original birth certificate

    Inside Booster, Pat Butler
    September 28, 2011
    Rep. Feigenholtz announces public transit, fraud workshops

    Windy City Times
    October 3, 2011
    TimeLine Theatre to be honored with National Theatre Company Grant

    Press release
    October 11, 2011
    Rep. Feigenholtz Visits DePaul Class

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