As State Representative, I am always looking for ways to better understand the issues 12th district residents care the most about.
I am concerned that government has lost touch with residents because our leaders do not take the time to
listen. It is my priority to always be accessible and accountable to you. With so many crucial decisions facing our state, I want to be sure that my actions reflect the best interests of our district.
I am working hard to improve our local economy and help create opportunities to get people back to work.
Our public schools are struggling, and it is critical that we require accountability from our schools to ensure
our children receive a great education. I will fight government corruption and wasteful spending to ensure that taxpayer money is spent responsibly and efficiently.
Please take a few moments to complete my
2011 constituent survey.
My door is always open and I am eager to work with you to help improve our communities, businesses and quality of life for our families. As always, please feel free to contact my district office if we can be of assistance to you.
Very truly yours,
|Cuts & Coffee
Please join me for my first of many "Cuts & Coffee" sessions this Monday, April 4 at Potash Brothers Market (1525 N. Clark St.) from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
My staff and I will be on hand to discuss important state issues and garner your feedback on the state budget. We will have forms from the State Government Suggestion Award Board so you can share your ideas with the decision-makers in Springfield, with the potential to win a monetary award for new, creative, and legal ways to trim the state budget.
Save the Date for Upcoming Cuts & Coffee Events:
Sunday, April 17
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Kickstand Expresso Bar, 824 W. Belmont Ave.
Friday, April 29
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Noble Tree Coffee & Tea, 2444 N. Clark St.
|Illinois Public Health Association - Legislator of the Year
On Wednesday I was recognized as the Illinois Public Health Association Legislator of the Year for my efforts to improve the health of Illinois residents. I was unable to accept my award in person as I was presiding over a committee in charge of human service program budgeting.
While it was truly an honor to be recognized by an esteemed and historic organization that has been working to better public health for 70 years, my work was at the Capitol last night. As State Representative and a vocal advocate for human services and public health, I will continue fighting to protect and provide vital services to the people of the state. During these tough economic times, we must strive to be fiscally responsible while being keenly aware of the need to improve public health. A healthy Illinois is a happy Illinois.
As the daughter of a public health official and physician, I am honored to work on issues that affect the health and well-being of people across the state.
Inter-American Magnet School, "Paint the Blacktop"
Wednesday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Inter-American Magnet School, 851 W. Waveland
Join the Inter-American Magnet School Wellness Committee as they re-paint the basketball court and add painted markings to encourage physical activity and play during recess. Volunteers will also be cleaning up the gardens and beautifying the grounds with spring flowers. Parents will be watching children on the playground while volunteers help paint. Volunteers are encouraged to wear work clothes and bring gardening tools and gloves.
Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce, International Signature Cooking Series
Thursday, April 7, 6:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m.
Nettelhorst Elementary Community Kitchen, 3252 N. Broadway
The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce wraps up their International Signature Cooking Series with a suhsi class taught by Muugii Tumee of Yuki Hana. The class is $20 and includes samples. Register here or by calling 773.348.8608.
Keeping Lakeview Healthy
Saturday, April 9, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
St. Luke Academy Memorial Hall, 1500 W. Belmont Ave.
Advocate Illinois Masonic, Resurrection St. Joseph, Hispanocare and the Lakeview Citizens' Council present this free event. There will be free screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes and a nutrition lecture. There will also be a free Blood glucose meter for first 50 individuals with high glucose levels. For more information or to register call 1-800-323-8622 or 1-877-737-4636.
Central Lake View Neighbors, Wine Tasting
Sunday, April 10, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kirkwood Bar & Grill, 2934 N. Sheffield Ave.
All proceeds from CLVN's wine tasting will benefit their beautification fund. Admission is $10 for CLVN members and $20 for non-members and includes wine samplings and food. Raffle tickets will also be sold for $1 (or 6 tickets for $5).
|Earth Day in the 12th District
Celebrate Earth Day by helping to clean up the 12th district at one of the many events hosted in and around our neighborhood.
44th Ward Clean Up Day
Saturday, April 16, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Meet at 1108 W. Wellington Ave.
Join other volunteers in walking 44th Ward blocks and picking up trash. Supplies will be provided but volunteers should bring their own work gloves. Lunch and refreshments will also be provided. RSVP to email@example.com if you plan on attending.
Triangle Neighbors, Space Park Clean Up
Saturday, April 16, 11:00 a.m.
Space Park, 815-817 W. Roscoe St.
The Triangle Neighbors Association will be mulching, planting annuals and installing new furniture in Space Park. Volunteers will be working for 2-3 hours.
Earth Day at the North Pond Nature Sanctuary
Saturday, April 23, 10:00 a.m.
North Pond Nature Sanctuary, 2610 N. Cannon Dr.
Meet on the viewing plaza in front of the North Pond Restaurant
Adults and children over 12 years old are encouraged to volunteer for one of the many activities planned to beautify the park and sanctuary, including mulching trees, removing litter, restoring a nature trail, cleaning signs, repairing fencing around new planting areas and more! Coffee, breakfast pastries, water and work gloves provided. Register by April 18 by emailing Volunteer@LincolnParkConservancy.org or calling 773.913.5703.
Find and register for other Earth Day events throughout Chicagoland by visiting the Friends of the Parks website.