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NEWS FROM THE 12th DISTRICT
Events in the Neighborhood
 
Winterland at Gallagher Way
Gallagher Way
3635 N. Clark St.
Nov. 23 - Jan. 4

Enjoy family activities like ice skating, holiday movies, Santa Claus, and more.

Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce Tree Lighting
Treasure Island Foods
3460 N. Broadway
  Wed. Nov. 28
6 - 8 p.m.

Enjoy complimentary hot drinks, a live ice carving demo, a caroling quartet, a dance performance, photos with Santa and more!

This event is free and open to the public.

North Dearborn Association "Joy of Toys" Holiday Wrapping Party  
Mario's Table
21 W. Goethe St.
Sat. Dec. 1
1 - 3 p.m.

Donate a new, unwrapped gift valued at $20 for a child 3-10 years old, and enjoy free food and drinks.

Chabad of East Lakeview Menorah Lighting
Treasure Island Foods
3460 N. Broadway
Tue. Dec. 4
6 - 7 p.m.
 
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Get Involved

The Broadway Youth Center of Howard Brown Health is a haven for LGBTQ youth and young people experiencing homelessness or housing instability.

The young people who come to their doors seek refuge and community as well as medical, social and mental health care services. The Youth Center sees anyone, regardless of ability to pay.

 Click here to learn more and for volunteer opportunities.


Dear Neighbor,

It's a busy time of year in Illinois government. The legislature is re-convening for veto session, and we are preparing to transition two statewide offices to new elected officials: Governor JB Pritzker and Attorney General Kwame Raoul. 
 
 
Veto Session
 
Every fall, lawmakers return to Springfield to consider overriding bills the Governor vetoed. Veto session lasts two weeks. The first week is complete and here are bills that at least one chamber has already voted to override. The other chamber is likely to vote on these bills when we return to session on November 27.

Caring For Our Veterans
 


When an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease occurred at a home for veterans in Quincy, the Rauner administration slow walked their reaction and several veterans lost their lives due to the Governor's delayed response. 

In response, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 2481, which raised the compensation that the families of those who passed away could receive from the state.

Rauner used his amendatory veto powers to change the bill and cut the maximum payout. The Senate overwhelmingly voted to override his veto, and I will be supporting this override if the House votes on it next week.

Keeping Tobacco Out of the Hands of Teenagers

In 2016, the City of Chicago raised the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. The General Assembly attempted to make this new age statewide by passing Senate Bill 2332, but Governor Rauner vetoed it. 

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 95 percent of adults who smoke started smoking before the age of 21. This time period is when the brain is fully developing, including the parts responsible for decision making, impulse control, sensation seeking, and susceptibility to peer pressure. 

The use of tobacco products remains the nation's number one cause of preventable death, so even a modest decline in the number of people using tobacco can have major improvements for public health.
 
Expanding Access to Healthy Food



A bill aimed at breaking up food deserts (areas without easy access to fresh food) in Chicago and other cities by establishing "urban agriculture zones" was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support earlier this year, only to be vetoed by the governor. 

House Bill 3418 would allow counties or municipalities to create special zones comprised of organizations or individuals who grow produce or other agricultural products, raise or process livestock or poultry, or sell a minimum of 75 percent locally grown food.

Sales tax from agriculture products would be deposited into an urban agriculture zone fund, and monies collected in the fund would be specified for a county, municipality or school district. 

The money would then be used in a variety of ways, such as for educational programs focused on nutrition or to support businesses and farms.

I voted to override the veto, and the override motion easily passed, again with bipartisan support. 

New Governor and Attorney General



The 2018 election cycle has come to a close, and Illinois will be getting two new statewide elected officials. Governor-elect JB Pritzker replaces Bruce Rauner, and Attorney General-elect Kwame Raoul replaces Lisa Madigan. 

I have had the privilege of knowing these two individuals for quite some time. Kwame Raoul currently serves as a State Senator, and I've worked with him on several pieces of legislation. He is a diligent and thoughtful lawmaker, and I am confident he will carry these traits with him to his new post. 

Attorney Generals are playing an increasingly important role in our national politics. As President Trump continues to push the boundaries of what he is legally allowed to do, it's often state Attorney Generals filing lawsuits that challenge his legal authority. Kwame Raoul is definitely up for the challenge and is not one to back away from challenging the President when needed.  

JB Pritzker and I have known each other on a personal level for over 20 years. I've observed him listening to others and really taking in what they have to say. He believes in bringing people together and working together to solve problems, which is a welcomed difference in approach than what we've had in our Governor of the last 4 years. 

True to this spirit, Pritzker has already assembled several transition committees to gather advice from people across the state on various issues. These are bipartisan committees focused on policy solutions, not politics. 

I am honored to share my insights as a member of his Healthy Children and Families Committee.  


Happy Thanksgiving  

On Thanksgiving, Americans are reminded of our unity and blessings as we come together to give thanks.

Our office will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday and will reopen Monday, November 26.

We hope you have a safe and joyous holiday.
 
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
Visiting Lake View High School 
 
On November 3, I attended Lake View High School's Open House. We're fortunate to have such a strong neighborhood high school serving the families of our community. Led by Principal PJ Karafiol, the students, faculty, parents, and greater community have transformed Lake View High School into a premiere high school.

Performance and Modernization
Academic performance continues to rise at Lake View. In 2015-16, the last year in which year-to-year growth was measured for SQRP (the CPS School Quality Rating Policy), Lake View students scored at the 28th percentile across all subgroups. In 2017-18, Lake View students scored at the 50th percentile-the national growth average-in 9th grade, 10th grade English, and 11th grade.
 
The percentage of students earning an early college or career credential (through AP, Dual Credit, or ROTC) recently increased to 43.5%, and that number is expected to rise. Also, students have the opportunity to earn an associate's degree in Web Development at the same time as their diploma.
 
In 2011-12, Lake View High School was designated as an Early College STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) High School, one of only eight such high schools in CPS today.
 
In 2016, Lake View created the Innovation Academy, a group of students who are academically successful, technologically inquisitive, and passionate about innovation and development. Innovation Academy students spend one day a month learning with and from real-world innovators at Chicago businesses and institutions such as Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine, Microsoft, Google, 1871, etc., and engage in projects designed to broaden their impact and think deeply about how technological solutions can address today's problems.
 
Whether enrolling in some of their school's 45 Honors or 18 AP/dual-credit courses, competing on one of 28 sports teams or joining one of many student-led clubs, Lake View students have access to a broad collection of offerings that ensure they are well prepared for college and careers.
 
In addition to academic achievements, in 2018, Lake View High School underwent a $27 million renovation project that preserved its 19th-century exterior architecture while modernizing the interior, including the cafeteria, gymnasium and hallways. The project also added a new turf athletic field and an Innovation Lab.
   
Strong Partnerships
Lake View High School is strengthened by the support of corporate and community leaders, local residents and parent volunteers who are determined to make Lake View the first choice for neighborhood students. Partners include Microsoft, Verizon, Bitspace, Deloitte, DePaul University, Northwestern University, UChicago Impact, Cubs Charities, Graceland West Association and GROWCommunity.
 
Community members who are interested in supporting Lake View High School are encouraged to visit folvhs.org, buy a brick at www.folvhs.org/legacy-brick-fundraiser, or contact Friends of Lake View at amysmolensky@comcast.net.



Meeting Northeastern Illinois University's New President

Visiting my alma mater  Northeastern Illinois University  was a trip down memory lane.

The new President, Dr. Gloria Gibson and Director of Govt. Relations, Dr. Suleyma Perez, are hard at work making the school the best it can be.

I thank them for taking time out of their day to tour the campus and discuss goals.
 
Father Mac Appreciation Award

What an honor to receive the "Father Mac Appreciation Award" from the Haymarket Center, a substance use recovery center in Chicago.

The Haymarket Center does incredible work aiding people in recovery by providing comprehensive behavioral health solutions.

Celebrating the Life of Yoshi Katsumura
 



Last month we celebrated the life of our beloved Yoshi Katsumura at  Yoshi's Cafe and dedicated a Japanese lilac tree in his memory.

Yoshi's is the supper club of our neighborhood. We are grateful that Yoshi's wife, Nobuko and her amazing long-time staff continue to dazzle us with their cuisine. Through the magic of their chef, we continue to feel Yoshi's presence. Food, family and love fills this restaurant.

 
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