Dear Neighbor:

As the Illinois House wrapped up a busy week in Springfield last week, I wanted to update you on some important legislation that is being considered.

You may already know a disappointing U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals hearing ruled Illinois' ban on concealed carry unconstitutional. The state has a deadline of June 9, 2013 to pass a law deemed constitutional. While several proposals have been made and debated on the House floor, to date, we have not found something that both sides can agree on. I hear from many residents concerned about what concealed carry could mean for Chicago and our neighborhoods, and I will continue to fight for smart gun legislation that keeps dangerous weapons out of our community.

In this e-newsletter, you will find information on community events, recycling initiatives, how to apply for free healthcare through CountyCare, and much more. I would also like to invite you to attend my upcoming phone bill clinic (May 21, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Merlo Library located at 644 W. Belmont) and women's health and resource fair co-hosted by the Lake View YMCA, State Rep. Ann Williams and Senate President John Cullerton (June 8, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, Lake View YMCA located at 3333 N. Marshfield). Also in this newsletter are some great Earth Day volunteer opportunities continuing throughout the district.

As always, please contact me if I can ever be of assistance.

Very Truly Yours,

Sara Feigenholtz
State Representative
12th District

  • In the News
  • Legislative Updates
  • Satellite Office Hours
  • Phone Bill Clinic
  • Women's Health & Resource Fair
  • CountyCare & Affordable Health Care
  • Local School Job Opening
  • Earth Day
  • Community Events

  • Legislative Updates

    Medical Marijuana: The House approved a medical marijuana pilot program to allow patients with a terminal or debilitating illness to use medical cannabis as an alternative to traditional prescription pain medication. I have been proud to co-sponsor this legislation over the years and am thankful to my colleagues for voting to put patients first. House Bill 1 will be considered by the Senate.

    Legislative Pay Cut: As we have done in the past several years, the House voted to work for less pay, reject cost of living increases, and freeze reimbursement rates for lawmakers and other elected and appointed officials. House Bill 1441 will be considered by the Senate.

    Community Care Program Reform: I am sponsoring legislation to drastically reform the state's Community Care Program, which provides home health care services to seniors to ensure that they can live independently at home rather than expensive nursing home care. These reforms will streamline services to save money while maintaining a high quality of care.

    Comprehensive Sex Education: The House approved a measure to ensure that schools offering sexual education are providing comprehensive, medically-accurate, and age appropriate information that includes information on contraception as a means of preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS. House Bill 2675, which I co-sponsored, will be considered by the Senate.

    Property Tax Relief: The House passed legislation to increase the amount of the general and senior homestead property tax exemptions, thus lowering the taxable value of your home and reducing the property tax burden. As high property taxes continue to be a drain on local homeowners' budgets, I was proud to be a co-sponsor of this bill. Senate Bill 1894 will be considered by the governor.

    Satellite Office Hours

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    Phone Bill Clinic

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    Women's Health & Resource Fair

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    CountyCare & Affordable Health Care

    If you are uninsured or underinsured, you may be eligible to receive no-cost health insurance through a new Illinois Medicaid program called CountyCare. Once you are a CountyCare member, you do not pay for covered services, including routine doctor visits, hospital stays, prescription drugs, laboratory and x-ray services, mammograms, transportation and many more services. In addition, you can receive mental health and substance abuse services, which traditional Illinois Medicaid does not cover. To qualify, you must:

    • Reside in Cook County
    • Be 19-64 years old
    • Make less than $15,282 for an individual and $20,628 for a couple
    • Not be eligible for Medicaid, Medicare or CHIP
    • Be a legal immigrant for five years or a U.S. Citizen
    • Have a social security number or have applied for one

    Patients who qualify choose a primary care site from a network of dozens of Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS) area providers located all over the County, including community health centers and Cook County clinics. For more information or to apply, call 312-864-8200 Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To learn more about CountyCare, visit www.CountyCare.com.

    For more information on finding affordable health care in our community, download my 12th District Guide to Health Care.

    Local School Job Opening

    Hawthorne Scholastic Academy in Lakeview is looking for a hard-working and assertive adult to help with lunchroom and recess monitoring. Part-time hours are Monday through Friday from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm. Interested persons should contact Hawthorne Academy's Principal Nate Pietrini via email at NJPietrini@cps.edu.

    This, and other employment and job training opportunities can be found on the Employment Assistance section of my website.

    Earth Day

    Clean & Green at the Stockton School
    The 46th Ward in collaboration with Stockton School will be having a clean and green day at the school's community garden May 4th. Volunteers are needed to join students and teachers to spruce up the garden for the season. To sign up, email friends46thWardSchools@gmail.com

    Friends of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago
    If you cannot make it to a community cleanup event, you can still do your part from home. If you have gently used clothing or household items to give away, Friends of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago is accepting donations. For more information about this program, click here

    Cell Phones for Soldiers
    Our constituent service office continues to collect used cell phones for Cell Phones for Soldiers, a not-for-profit organization that provides pre-paid calling cards at no cost to military personnel serving overseas. Cell phones may be dropped off during business hours at 1051 W. Belmont Ave. Phone accessories and chargers are not needed.

    Community Events

    IGLTA Support Nettelhorst Community Group
    Saturday, May 4, 7-9 am
    Nettelhorst School, 3252 N Broadway St.
    Join IGLTA in supporting the Nettelhorst community group with outdoor classroom spring cleanup.

    Triangle Neighbors, Bi-monthly Meeting
    Wednesday, May 8, 7:00 pm
    19th District Police Station, 850 W. Addison
    Triangle Neighbors covers the area bounded by Clark, Halsted, Belmont and Addison. One of the most important initiatives for Triangle is to build (and now maintain) a community garden and park at 815-817 W Roscoe.

    Central Lake View Neighbors, Monthly Meeting
    Thursday, May 9, 7:30 pm
    Advocate Illinois Masonic (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.

    Legacy Project Spring Gala Luncheon
    Friday, May 10, Noon-1:30 pm
    Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St., Chicago
    Attendees will preview candidates for induction to the Legacy Walk on North Halsted Street. Keynote speaker Aaron Jackson of Equality House, the anti-bullying sanctuary built in the shadow of Fred Phelp's Westboro Baptist Church
    Tickets: $125/$225 VIP

    Buena Park Neighbors, Litter Patrol
    Saturday, May 11, 1:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Meet at the Parking lot of KFC, Buena and Broadway
    Come join your neighbors as we pick up litter. We will meet at the KFC parking lot and then spread out throughout the neighborhood to pick up litter. We have broken Buena Park into four quadrants, and we will be sending teams out to each one to pick up litter. This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded neighbors and help the community. We expect to be finished by noon and then, for those who wish, go to lunch together. Gloves and garbage bags will be supplied.

    Lake View Citizens Council, Neighborhood Bike Ride
    Sunday, May 12, 10:00 am
    Meet at Seminary & Waveland
    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. We also invite local elected officials and neighborhood police to join us every month. For more information, contact LVCC board member Lee Crandell at crandell@gmail.com. Visit the LVCC website to get involved in your neighborhood.

    South East Lake View Neighbors, Monthly Meeting
    Monday, May 13, 7:00 pm
    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.

    Gold Coast Neighbors, Spring Splendor
    Wednesday, May 20, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    The Racquet Club, 1365 N. Dearborn
    Join the Gold Coast Neighbors for their annual Spring Splendor fundraiser with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, entertainment, and a live auction. A pre-event tour of the historic Charnley-Persky House at 1365 will be from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Tickets for this event are $100 for members and $125 for non-members and may be purchased before May 8 by visiting their website or calling (312) 332-6122.

    In the News

    Lincoln Park Patch
    March 13, 2013
    Feigenholtz Mental Health Legislation Clears Hurdle

    Rebellious Magazine
    March 25, 2013
    'Learning to Dance on the Edge of Authority': State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz on our central question

    LakeView Patch
    March 31, 2013
    Feigenholtz Reminds Residents of Upcoming Satellite Office Hours in April

    Lincoln Park Patch
    April 4, 2013
    Feigenholtz's Legislation on Child Sex Offenders Wins Approval

    LakeView Patch
    April 9, 2013
    Feigenholtz: Spring Cleaning, Recycling Coming to District

    FOX Illinois
    April 12, 2013
    Lawmakers Request Funding For Home Care Services

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