12th District E-Newsletter
Monday, April 26

Dear Neighbor:

As the legislature grapples with the difficult task of finalizing a budget there are some important bills awaiting a final vote as we return to Springfield for the final stretch.

While we are working on potential budget scenarios, my constituents have been vocal in their opposition to additional cuts in education and vital human services. After last year's budget challenges I am committed to working towards a sustainable budget that is more in line with the citizens' dedication to fiscal responsibility. In the coming weeks I will keep you updated on any new budget developments.

On a more personal note, an issue near and dear to my heart that is the culmination of 13 years of hard work and perseverance is House Bill 5428. This bill, which passed both houses, will restore the rights of adult adoptees to receive a copy of their original birth certificate. As an adopted person, reforming the adoption system in Illinois has been a personal priority of mine throughout my tenure and I am extremely proud to be a part of restoring this basic right to Illinois citizens who are adopted. The bill, once signed by Governor Quinn, will make Illinois the 9th state to give adopted persons access to their identity. Passage of this legislation is truly one of the highest points of my career.

Please see below for some additional bills I have been working on and supporting this year that may be of interest to you. Keep an eye out for important legislative and budget updates in the next few weeks; meanwhile, if you need anything at all please don't hesitate to contact me or my staff.

Very Truly Yours,

Sara Feigenholtz
State Representative, 12th District

  • Legislative Update
  • Community Events

  • Legislative Update

    House Bill 4722 - Senate 3rd reading - HB 4722 requires that a bittering agent be added to antifreeze and engine coolants. Each year, thousands of pets and young children become ill or die after accidentally ingesting antifreeze and coolants, which have a sweet taste but are toxic in even the smallest amounts. The bittering agent deters ingestion and subsequently saves lives.

    House Bill 5766 - Senate Public Health Committee - HB 5766 requires insurance companies to cover the cost of smoking cessation products and programs. Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable disease and death in Illinois and costs $4.1 billion each year in direct health care costs alone. Comprehensive smoking cessation programs are both cost-saving and effective in kicking the habit.

    House Bill 5018 - Senate 3rd reading - This bill extends medical coverage to employees laid off from September 1, 2008 to the end of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, bringing Illinois in line with federal recovery standards and will allow the state to maximize federal stimulus funding.

    Senate Bill 2571 - House Rules Committee - SB 2571 creates the Illinois and Midwest High-Speed Rail Commission Act, who will report on the development potential of high speed rail in Illinois. With federal funds and an increased demand for mass transportation, Illinois is in a unique position to develop and build a progressive high speed rail network to connect Chicago with major Midwestern cities.

    Community Events

    Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce, Viva Las Lakeview
    Thursday, April 29, 6:00 p.m., Chicago Yacht Club, Belmont Harbor

    Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Viva Las Lakeview charity fundraiser benefiting local neighborhood non-profit organizations. There will be food, drinks, games and prizes. Tickets are $40 and may be purchased on the LECC website.

    Agassiz School Music in May Concert
    Monday, May 3, 7:00 p.m., Agassiz School Auditorium, 2851 N. Seminary Ave.

    Musician parents, headlined by renowned cellist Ian Maksin, at Agassiz School will be hosting a concert to benefit the school's music program. For more information, visit their website or contact Joanna Grenrock directly at joannawgrenrock@aol.com.

    Gold Coast Neighbors, "Good as Gold" Fundraiser
    Wednesday, May 12, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Racquet Club of Chicago, 1365 N. Dearborn St.

    The Gold Coast Neighbors' annual spring event will feature a tour of a neighborhood home, hors d'oeuvres, music, an auction and a Buddy International Scooter raffle. More information is available on the Gold Coast Neighbors website.

    44th Ward Office City Sticker Sales
    Wednesday, June 9, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., 44th Ward Office, 1057 W. Belmont Ave.

    The City Clerk will be selling city vehicle stickers and residential parking permits in Alderman Tom Tunney's office. The line will close at 5:00 p.m. and residents are strongly encouraged to arrive early. This is a great opportunity for neighborhood residents to purchase the stickers in the neighborhood and save a trip to the City Clerk's office.

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