Dear Neighbor:

Late last night, Governor Quinn took action on the state budget bills (for my last newsletters' summary of the budget, click here).

The Governor is only permitted to reduce the appropriations made by the General Assembly - he cannot increase spending. In the end, he issued vetoes for five appropriations bills (House Bills 117, 123, 132, 327 and 3717) which include reductions in spending totaling $376 million. These reductions are concentrated in Medicaid rates to hospitals, school transportation and line-items that had been appropriated in more than one bill. A full list of the reductions may be found here.

The legislature will consider the Governor's vetoes when the General Assembly reconvenes for the fall veto session in October, and I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on these proposed changes.

I hope you will join me next week for my public town hall meeting and credit seminar. More information on both of these events can be found below or by contacting my office at (773) 296-4141 or sara@staterepsara.com.

Have a safe and happy Independence Day weekend!

Very truly yours,

Sara Feigenholtz
State Representative
12th District

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    Credit Seminar


    Community Events

    Lake View Citizens' Council, Neighborhood Bike Ride
    Sunday, July 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Meet at Seminary & Waveland

    Join the Lake View Citizens Council (LVCC) for a leisurely morning bike ride around Lake View with your neighbors. Helmets are required and be sure to bring a lock so you can join for social time afterward. Bike Lake View is a free hour-long neighborhood social ride on the second Sunday of every month. The rides are geared toward all of our neighbors, whether you haven't touched your bike in years or you commute daily by bike. For more information, contact LVCC board member Lee Crandell at crandell@gmail.com.

    Halsted Tastes Better
    Monday, July 11, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Halsted and Aldine

    Celebrate summer on Chicago's north side at Halsted Tastes Better, presented by the Northalsted Business Alliance! The festival offers visitors a vibrant mix of savory foods, refreshing drinks and lively music. It is the perfect way to enjoy the summer season. In addition to the culinary festivities, you can enjoy live music and cheer on your favorite server in our popular Waiter's Race. Enjoy the sounds of Chicago's premier gypsy-jazz band, Swing Gitan.

    Central Lakeview Merchants Association: One-Hour Mentor Program
    Tuesday, July 12, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont

    Central Lakeview Merchants teams up with 44th Ward Alderman Tunney and City Treasurer Neely to bring you a team of top Chicago business leaders, who meet and advise an audience of local small business owners. The 1-Hour Mentor Program is designed to give small business owners an opportunity to meet and ask questions from business leaders who have a variety of expertise's including marketing, financing, and effective business operations. Everyone is welcome and RSVPs are appreciated: 773-665-2100 or clma@centrallakeview.biz.

    44th Ward Senior Fair
    Thursday, July 14, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, 836 W. Wellington

    Join Alderman Tom Tunney for this annual senior citizen resource fair.

    Weiss Memorial Hospital, Age-related Hearing Loss: Considerations & Treatment Options Seminar
    Friday, July 15, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Weiss Hospital, WISE Senior Center, 4646 N. Marine Dr.

    Audiologist Jacqueline Kenny will speak about age related hearing loss and treatment options. Join us and receive a free hearing screening after the lecture. Registration required: 800.503.1234 by noon on Thursday July 14. Co-sponsored by Brightview HealthCare and Rehabilitation Center.

    North Dearborn Association, Garden Walk
    Sunday, July 17, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Admission at 1531 N. Dearborn

    Ticket entry includes admission to over 20 distinctive rear gardens, narrated architectural walking tour of historic Dearborn Street, live jazz and classical performances in select gardens and garden vignettes. Tickets are $30 in advance (advance sales closes at noon on July 16 and are eligible for a drawing for a hotel package) and $35 at the door. All sales are non-refundable.

    Lake View Citizens' Council, Safety Seminar
    Wednesday, July 20, 6:30 pm
    19th District Chicago Police Department Community Room, 2452 W. Belmont

    Safety tips for robberies on the street and how to protect your homes from burglaries. Hear from former burglars on what they look for in homes to burglarize. Presented by the Cook County State's Attorney and Chicago Police Department with refreshments provided by Lake View Citizen's Council. RSVP by July 18 to 773-334-4066 or Lori.trier@cookcountyil.gov.

    Central Lakeview Merchants, Neighborhood Bags Event
    Thursday, July 21, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    MB Financial Bank Parking Lot, 3179 N. Clark

    Come join MB Financial and Central Lakeview Merchants for an evening of beer, brats, and bags at this first-annual community social event! Everyone's welcome, come join the fun!

    Family Bike Safety Day
    Saturday, July 23, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Lincoln-Belmont Library, 1659 W Melrose

    Bring or ride your bike to the library parking lot. Listen to a story, learn safety tips, ask questions, and challenge yourself on an obstacle course with Chicago's bike safety and education specialists: The Bicycling Ambassadors! There will also be free fittings (bring your own helmet), bike maps, games, and prizes. The Chicago Police Bicycle Officers hope to have the opportunity to ride by to show their bicycles and talk more about safety and fun on the bike. Don't forget to check on your child's safety and protection with the Kids I.D. Program (car seats, fingerprinting, & photo), from the City Clerk's Office. Sponsored by the City of Chicago Department of Transportation, CAPS, & City Clerk's office.

    School Supply Drive

    supply drive

    In the News

    June 22, 2011
    Huffington Post, David Ormsby
    $30 Million Mistake May Cost 20,000 Illinois Residents Mental Health Care Services

    June 23, 2011
    Gay Chicago, Gary Barlow
    AIDS advocates say state budget is workable, given budget constraints

    June 26, 2011
    Steve Dale's Pet World
    WGN Radio Petcast: Prevent Losing Your Pet, Economic Realities and State Rep. Feigenholtz on Mondog Beach, Aging Pets

    June 29, 2011
    Windy City Times
    EI appoints Director of Public Policy

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