I am continuing my listening tour of the 12th district this weekend with a series of events to increase constituent participation in the legislative process.
The legislature will be in Springfield for almost the entire month of May. This weekend is a prime opportunity for me to connect with residents and hear to your concerns and ideas. I look forward to collaborating with you on pertinent issues the legislature will be debating next month, ranging from social issues, education and the state's budget and fiscal situation.
Please share your thoughts and ideas with me at the following public events:
"Cuts and Coffee" listening session
Friday, April 29th, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Noble Tree Coffee and Tea, 2444 N. Clark St.
My district office staff will be on hand to help residents fill out forms to describe their budget cut proposals to be evaluated by the legislature. To help encourage creative thinking on ways to reduce spending, the State Government Suggestion Award Board will grant a monetary award to any individual who proposes a new cut that is legal, becomes law and results in actual savings.
Citizens Advisory Committee Meetings
Saturday, April 30th
Education Advisory Committee, 10:00 a.m.
LGBT Advisory Committee, 11:15 a.m.
Senior Citizen Advisory Committee, 12:15 p.m.
23rd District Police Station's community room, 850 W. Addison
I am hosting the inaugural meetings of three of my citizens' advisory committees this Saturday. Interested individuals are encouraged to RSVP or sign up for future committee announcements by calling (773) 296-4141 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Town Hall Meeting
Sunday, May 1, 2:00 p.m.
Nettelhorst Elementary Auditorium, 3252 N. Broadway.
Residents are encouraged to join me to learn more about the state budget and pertinent legislation in Springfield. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions and give their feedback on state matters.
For more information on these upcoming events or to RSVP, please contact my constituent services office at (773) 296-4141 or email@example.com.
I hope to see you this weekend and am looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
Very truly yours,
23rd District Steering Committee, 23rd District Police Station Open House
Wednesday, April 27, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
23rd District Police Station, 850 W. Addison
Come tour the new 23rd District Police Station and meet with staff. For more information, visit the 23rd District Steering Committee website.
Lake View East Chamber of Commerce, Viva! Las Lakeview
Thursday, April 28, 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Chicago Yacht Club, Belmont Harbor at Belmont and Lake Shore Dr.
Join the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce at the 2nd Annual Viva! Las Lakeview charity casino night with a buffet, entertainment, cocktails, and gaming. All proceeds benefit local non-profit organizations. Parking is complimentary and guests may also take a free shuttle from Trader Todd's. Tickets are $60 at the door or $50 if purchased online by April 27.
InterAmerican Magnet School, Fiesta Cultural
Saturday, April 30, 4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
InterAmerican Magnet School, 851 W. Waveland
Join the InterAmerican Magnet School community in an evening of world music, dance, food, and art activities. Fiesta Cultural builds pride in Latino heritage while raising funds for IAMS. The line-up for this year's event includes performances from the Chicago Children's Choir, Aztec Dance with Ms. Bravo, IAMS International Folkloric Dance Group, Old Town School Brazilian Ensemble, Nica Dance Group, Ngoma Alegre, Jarochicanos, Los Vicios de Papá, and Soul & Duende. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids, or $25 for a family. For more information, click here.
Congressman Mike Quigley, Housing Information Fair
Saturday, April 30, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett Ave.
Congressman Quigley is hosting a mortgage fair with representatives from his office, HUD-approved housing counselors, and city and state agencies on hand to answer questions and help resolve homeowners' issues. There will also be social service agencies available to discuss public aid, transition assistance and housing. Please bring relevant mortgage documents such as mortgage statement, tax documents, recent pay stubs, and your state ID or driver's license. For more information contact Congressman Quigley's district office at (773) 267-5926.
Lake View Citizens' Council, Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
Sunday, May 1, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Vines on Clark, 3554 N. Clark
Come to an afternoon of fun, food and refreshments. Suggested donation of $20 includes beer, wine, pop, one margarita and food. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 per ticket or 6 tickets for $5.
North Dearborn Association, Annual Meeting
Monday, May 9, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse, 1028 N. Rush St.
The North Dearborn Association's annual meeting features Master of Ceremonies Bill Daley (Chicago Tribune Food & Wine critic), the election of 2011-12 officers and directors, and pianist Chris White. Cocktail reception begins at 6:00 p.m. with the business meeting commencing at 7:00 p.m. Admission is complimentary for NDA members and $25 for non-members. For more information, call (312) 632-1241.