Dear Neighbor:

The legislature continues to work on the state budget, with the House and Senate adopting a bipartisan revenue estimate of $33.7 billion ($200 million lower than the Governor's estimate) for FY 13.

Last week, the House adopted House Resolution 706 and House Joint Resolution 69 to reduce the state's debt by $1.3 billion by paying backlogged bills. Paying our past due bills is a vital component of overall budget reform and putting Illinois on a responsible fiscal path.

Many residents and human services providers are concerned about what the dedication of these funds could mean for FY 13 funding allocations for other segments of the budget, such as education, health care, and human services. There is no doubt that this will be an extraordinarily painful budget year with shared sacrifice across the board; throughout this, I remain committed to ensuring that vulnerable populations continue to receive services they depend on in a way that is fiscally efficient and respects taxpayer dollars. Further information on the state budget can be found in this e-newsletter.

As always, I will continue to keep you updated on important legislation in Springfield and I hope to see you soon at one of my upcoming events. Please contact me or a member of my staff if we can ever be of assistance to you.

Very truly yours,

Sara Feigenholtz
State Representative
12th District

  • Governor's Proposed Budget
  • Medicaid
  • Satellite Office Hours
  • Broadway Youth Center Supply Drive
  • Montrose Beach Cleanup
  • Phone Bill Clinic
  • Self Defense Seminar
  • Community Events

  • Governor's Proposed Budget

    Governor Quinn proposed a $33.9 billion FY 13 state budget that estimates growth in revenue by $700 million. Pension and Medicaid obligations are the most noted areas of increased spending, with obligations for both programs increasing in FY 13. Pension obligations alone will cost more than $1 billion more in FY 13 than in FY 12.

    Of this $33.7 billion overall state budget, the governor proposed allocations of $5.2 billion for pension payments, $14 billion for human services, and the remaining funds to be split between education and state government operations.

    Focal points of Governor Quinn's budget include:

    • $90 million in additional school funding and a $20 million increase for early childhood education.
    • $50 million in additional funding for the Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) for grants for lower-income students.
    • 9% across-the-board cuts to state agencies and constitutional offices.
    • Consolidating Department of Corrections offices, Department of Human Services local offices, and telecommunications centers.
    • Reducing Medicaid spending by $2.7 billion.
    • Closing 14 state facilities, including Tamms super-max prison, mental health centers in Rockford and Murray, a women's prison in Dwight, and juvenile justice centers in Murphysboro and Joliet. These closures and consolidations would save $188 million.
    • Eliminating 1,474 state jobs.
    • Closing tax loopholes to generate revenue.
    • $3 billion for capital program.
    • Abolishing natural gas tax.
    • Surplus of $163 for debt reduction.
    The full text of his address can be found here. Further details on his budget proposal can be found here.

    The House and Senate use this budget as a starting point, but we have adopted our own revenue estimates ($200 million less than the governor's estimates) and our own plan for debt reduction (as outlined in House Resolution 706, House Joint Resolution 69, and in this e-newsletter). Each appropriation committee will be working closely with each other, leadership, and the Governor's office to craft budgets that stay in line with our projected revenue.


    I am heavily involved in the state's Medicaid reform efforts as the chairperson of the House Human Services Appropriations Committee and member of the bipartisan legislative committee tasked with reforming the system.

    Medicaid enrollment doubled between 1998 and 2008; today, roughly one in five Illinoisans depend on Medicaid for health care. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that our Medicaid costs are expected to increase by 5% over last year's costs.

    To ensure that we can fund the Medicaid liability, the governor proposed cutting Medicaid funding by $2.7 billion - a daunting task.

    There are many suggestions for meeting this $2.7 billion goal, including cutting reimbursement rates to doctors and providers, eliminating services, reducing eligibility, increasing co-pays, and reducing pharmaceutical benefits.

    There are significant challenges as we look to reduce Illinois' Medicaid liability. Cutting state funding results in a loss of federal matching dollars. We essentially cut $2 in Medicaid funding for each $1 cut in state Medicaid spending. Additionally, eliminating some services would certainly result more costly treatments, such as emergency room visits or nursing home care. As Illinois has one of the nation's lowest reimbursement rates to providers, we risk losing qualified medical professionals if we make these rates even lower.

    Over the past several years, we drastically reduced fraud and abuse in the Medicaid system and must continue to find efficiencies so that we can continue to provide healthcare to our most vulnerable populations. Democrats and Republicans are working together in bipartisan working groups to find lasting long-term solutions to this quickly growing Medicaid obligation. Nothing about this task is easy, and the decisions we make impact the lives and well-being of some of our most vulnerable populations. I welcome all of your feedback and thoughts as lawmakers consider our options.

    Satellite Office Hours

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    Broadway Youth Center Supply Drive

    Through the end of April, my office will be collecting donations for the Broadway Youth Center in Lakeview, which serves countless youth in our community. BYC serves youth of all gender identities, sexual orientations, and housing statuses and is a safe haven for youth in need of medical care, counseling, or a safe place to stay.

    Items needed include disposable plates and utensils, hand sanitizer, pens, laundry detergent, toiletries, personal care products, and non-perishable snacks. The center is particularly in need of new socks, deodorant, face towels, and baby powder. For a full list of items on the BYC "wish list," visit www.staterepsara.com/drive.

    Donations can be brought to my office at 1051 West Belmont, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Montrose Beach Cleanup

    Earth Day Montrose Beach Cleanup
    Saturday, April 21
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Montrose Beach (meet at entrance located at Lake Shore Drive and Montrose Avenue)

    Join the Sierra Club and me to help pick up litter and debris so that residents, families, and dogs can enjoy the beach safely this summer. I will be meeting volunteers before the cleanup starting at 8:30 a.m. at the main entrance at Lake Shore Drive and Montrose Avenue. Please feel free to bring friends and neighbors, but unfortunately, dogs are not allowed at this event.

    Let us know if you are interested in joining us so that we can make sure you get details closer to the day of the event. For more information or to RSVP, please contact my office at (773) 296-4141 or sara@staterepsara.com. You can also register online at www.staterepsara.com/RSVP.

    Phone Bill Clinic

    Phone Bill Clinic
    Hosted by Rep. Feigenholtz and Weiss Memorial Hospital
    Facilitated by the Citizens Utility Board

    Thursday, May 10
    1:00 p.m.
    Weiss Memorial Hospital, WISE Senior Center, 4646 North Marine Drive

    I am partnering with Weiss Memorial Hospital and the not-for-profit Citizens Utility Board (CUB) to host a phone bill analysis clinic where trained experts will review residents' current phone bills to suggest how they can save money. Attendees should bring their current landline and cell phone bill to the event. A specialist from CUB will conduct a one-on-one phone bill analysis to help residents cut unnecessary and often costly and confusing features from their phone service.

    RSVPs are required for this event. Register online at www.staterepsara.com/RSVP, call (773) 296-4141, or email sara@staterepsara.com.

    Self Defense Seminar

    Self-Defense Seminar
    Wednesday, May 16
    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted

    This workshop will be taught by Kevin Sogor of Lakeview's International Hapkido. This interactive seminar is based on his "BACKOFF!" self-defense courses and focuses on real life defense strategies. The course is designed for residents of every gender, age, and physical ability and no prior martial arts training is required.

    Space for the workshop is limited and RSVPs are required in advance. For more information or to RSVP, contact my office at (773) 296-4141 or sara@staterepsara.com. RSVPs can also be submitted online at www.staterepsara.com/RSVP.

    Community Events

    South East Lake View Neighbors, Monthly Meeting
    Monday, April 9
    7:00 p.m.
    Wellington Avenue Church, 615 West Wellington

    South East Lake View Neighbors (SELVN) is the local neighborhood organization encompassing the area bounded by Diversey, Halsted, Belmont, and the lake. All residents, associations, and businesses are welcome to join. General meetings are open to everyone to attend. You must be a member in good standing two weeks prior to a meeting in order to vote.

    Weiss Memorial Hospital, "Medical ID Cards"
    Tuesday, April 10
    11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Weiss Memorial Hospital, WISE Senior Center, 4700 North Marine

    Receive your free medical ID card which includes: emergency contact, medical conditions and allergies, doctor's contact information, any insurance provider details, and more. Card will be available the same day of the event. Please RSVP to (800) 503-1234. The program is sponsored by the Office of the City Clerk, Susana Mendoza.

    Weiss Memorial Hospital, "The Learning Cafe: Podiatry"
    Tuesday, April 10
    12:00 p.m.
    Weiss Memorial Hospital, Auditorium (ground floor, A elevators), 4646 North Marine

    Join WISE Senior Center for this special presentation by Lee Russell Stein, DPM, who will discuss what you need to know about your feet. Register by noon Monday, April 9 to (800) 503-1234. Registration is required to receive a complimentary lunch.

    Central Lake View Neighbors, Monthly Meeting
    Thursday, April 12
    7:30 p.m.
    Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center (Clarke Auditorium), 836 West Wellington (7th Floor)

    Central Lake View Neighbors is a community based and funded non profit volunteer organization. CLVN represents the residents within the boundaries of Belmont to the north, Halsted to the east, Racine to west and Diversey to the south. The organization was formed to provide residents a forum to discuss issues ranging from development proposals, zoning, liquor license, street fairs and other community matters. The Alderman recognizes this group and refers local issues to this organization for comment, review and approval.

    Weiss Memorial Hospital, Senior Citizen Law Enforcement Academy
    Friday, April 13
    1:30 p.m.
    Weiss Memorial Hospital, Auditorium Foyer, 4646 North Marine

    This program strives to educate seniors on crimes targeted at their age group as well as provide them with an overview of police department operations and insight into how they can work with law enforcement agencies. Please RSVP at (800) 503-1234. Sponsored by the Cook County Sheriff's Department.

    4th Annual Job Fair at Truman College
    Friday, April 13
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Truman College, Front Lobby, 1145 West Wilson

    Join Business Partners - the Chamber for Uptown and Uptown United along with co-sponsors: Chicago Workforce Center, Northside, Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), Truman College, State Senator Heather Steans, Illinois State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, and Alderman James Cappleman 46th Ward, WorkNet Chicago, Chicago Workforce Investment Council (CWIC), Asian Human Services, Howard Area Community Center, and Inspiration Corporation. Prepare that new resume, polish your introduction, come ready to impress, and get that precious face-to-face time with some of the biggest employers in Uptown and Chicagoland. Space is limited and registration is required.. if you are an employer looking to hire new faces and would like to participate in the event, contact the Business Partners - The Chamber for Uptown at info@uptownbusinesspartners.com.

    Race to Wrigley, 7th Annual 5K Run
    Saturday, April 14
    8:00 a.m.
    Wrigley Field

    The 7th Annual Race to Wrigley 5K Run presented by Athletico is now open for registration. The race takes place Saturday, April 14, at 8 a.m. and benefits Chicago Cubs Charities and Children's Memorial Hospital. The run starts and finishes at legendary Wrigley Field, where runners race through Wrigley Field's ground level concourse, finishing under the famed Wrigley Field Marquee at Clark and Addison. Runners can set up personal fundraising pages to benefit Children's Memorial Hospital.

    Inter-American Magnet School, Fiesta Cultural
    Saturday, April 14
    4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    InterAmerican Magnet School, 850 West Waveland

    Inter-American Magnet School is hosting their annual spring benefit featuring food and entertainment from Spain, Latin America and Brazil in support of Inter-American's "Curriculum of the Americas." Fiesta Cultural celebrates Latin America's rich and diverse cultural heritage with live music and dance performances, a savory food fair, children's art displays, artisan bazaar and children's art activities. The mission of the event is to celebrate cultural and artistic diversity while raising much-needed funds for Inter-American Magnet School. The event is bilingual, family-friendly and open to the public. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 children. Family tickets for two adults and their children will be available for $25. Free parking will be available at the Addison/Halsted public lot and at the Lakeview Lutheran Church lot at 835 West Addison.

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    February 20, 2012
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    February 23, 2012
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    February 23, 2012
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    February 23, 2012
    Glasses, wheelchairs on Illinois Medicaid cut list

    Huffington Post
    February 24, 2012
    Shark Fin Legislation -- Long Overdue

    Inside Booster
    February 25, 2012
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    February 25, 2012
    Feigenholtz "Coffee & Conversation" Friday

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    February 28, 2012
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    February 28, 2012
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    March 2012
    Shark Fin Ban Bill Sails through House Commiftee

    March 2, 2012
    House panel oks Feigenholtz plan placing brothers, sisters in same foster home

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    March 3, 2012
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    March 3, 2012
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    March 8, 2012
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    BREAKING: Illinois Stands Up for Sharks and Healthy Oceans

    The Republic
    March 9, 2012
    Illinois could join coast states in banning shark fins in effort to prevent overfishing

    CBS Chicago
    March 9, 2012
    State House Votes To Ban Shark Fins, Lawmaker Wonders Why

    Sandburg Village Voice
    March/April 2012
    A Reunion at Last!

    Chicago Tribune
    March 9, 2012
    Whale meat, shark fins, pink slime, antibiotic rules and a big gestation crate pledge in a food policy roundup

    San Francisco Chronicle
    March 9, 2012
    Illinois may ban possession of shark fins

    Sacramento Bee
    March 9, 2012
    Illinois may ban possession of shark fins

    Rockford Register Star
    March 9, 2012
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    March 11, 2012
    Feigenholtz shark fin ban bill sails through Illinois House

    The Illinois Observer
    March 13, 2012
    State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz Praises Emanuel on Fullerton Parkway Bridge Reconstruction that Begins Monday

    The Daily Herald
    March 13, 2012
    Bill introduced addressing smoking in condominium units

    Windy City Times
    March 21, 2012
    AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, Windy City Times Advocates of Year

    Huffington Post Chicago
    March 22, 2012
    Illinois Ultrasound Bill: Battle Rages On In Controversial House Bill's Amendments

    CBS Chicago
    March 22, 2012
    State Rep Furious Over 'Hostile Amendments' To Pre-Abortion Ultrasound Bills

    Windy City Times
    March 28, 2012
    Feigenholtz to host supply drive for Broadway Youth Center

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    March 28, 2012
    Shark Stewards Launches Shark Protection Campaign in Chicago

    Chicago Pride
    March 29, 2012
    Feigenholtz hosts supply drive benefiting Broadway Youth Center

    March 29, 2012
    Illinois House approves austere spending limits

    FOX Chicago
    March 29, 2012
    2,000 Teens in Chicago Are Homeless

    State Journal-Register
    March 29, 2012
    House members want to use future tax receipts to pay old bills

    The Republic
    March 29, 2012
    Illinois House sets tight spending limits requiring cuts to Medicaid, schools, more

    State Journal-Register
    March 29, 2012
    Pro-life, pro-choice Democrats split over ultrasound rule

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