Happy Thanksgiving!
November 2013

Dear Neighbor,

Our office wants to extend good wishes to you for a Happy Thanksgiving!

This year, there are many reasons to be thankful --- first, that we have the privilege of serving the residents of the 12th district. Our community has big shoulders and we are endlessly touched by the amount of community involvement demonstrated by our neighbors.

There are several ways our community can 'pay it forward'. First and foremost, let's do our part and shop local this holiday season. Let's help the independent retailers in our community who work to keep the distinct character of our neighborhoods. The details below will show you the path to shopping local and getting more bang for your buck.

Winter has arrived (we know it's not December 21st yet!) and for many having warm clothing = survival. Our office is collecting items to help keep our neighbors warm. On the top of the list: Large and extra-large winter coats for men and women, large gloves, hats, scarves and also personal toiletries. Our office is working with local shelters in our community. If you have any items to spare as you clean out your closet, please email Sarah Travis in my constituent services office.

To help spread some holiday cheer this season, we are also collecting toys for the children at Heartland Pediatric Center in Lakeview. Please consider donating unwrapped toys, books, games, or stuffed animals. Any donations, small or large, can really go a long way to help out local families in need.

Please feel free to contact me or a member of my staff if we can ever be of assistance to you on state matters. You can also follow my office on Facebook and Twitter.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! I look forward to showing you around our new office at our Holiday Open House on December 16th.

Very truly yours,

Sara Feigenholtz
State Representative
12th District

  • In the News
  • Keeping Others Warm
  • Legislative Update
  • Shopping Local this Holiday Season
  • Concealed Carry Roundtable for Business Owners
  • Holiday Open House... and sign up for healthcare during your visit!
  • Fantastic Photos from the Community!
  • Community Events!

  • Keeping Others Warm


    Legislative Update

    Marriage Equality: Marriage equality is finally a reality in Illinois! On November 5th, the House passed a bill that allows all Illinoisans to marry regardless of sexual orientation. Thousands were on hand to witness this monumental bill signing on November 20th, making Illinois the 16th state in the union to recognize same-sex marriage.

    Pension Reform: On December 3, 2013, the Illinois House will debate the newly minted pension reform bill that has been crafted by the pension reform conference committee and the four leaders. There is no need to underscore the importance of this long awaited reform which remains the most herculean issue facing all of Illinois. This vote will ultimately be another historic one, but once enacted, will help our state turn the corner and avert financial disaster on our families and vital state programs.

    Shopping Local this Holiday Season

    Our community is vast in unique shops armed with the perfect gift for your loved ones. Support our local merchants by shopping local this holiday season.

    Lakeview Chamber of Commerce: Shop locally and save your receipts! For every $300 spent at a minimum of 5 SHOP Lakeview participating merchants from November 1st - December 31st, 2013, you receive $50 back in SHOP Lakeview Dollars. Whether dinners on Lincoln or a haircut on Southport, computer repairs on Ashland or a massage on Belmont, your receipts will add up before you know it!

    Mail or deliver your receipts to the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce to receive your $50 in SHOP Lakeview dollars!'

    Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce: Start saving your receipts for the 17th Annual Giver's Gift Program and get $50! Collect $300 in receipts from at least 3 Lakeview East neighborhood stores from November 1 through December 21, 2013! Bring your receipts to the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce at 3138 N Broadway.Receive a $50 Lakeview East Gift Card to spend at participating Lakeview East neighborhood stores. Promotion ends Dec 21 at noon or while supplies last.

    *Minimum purchase of $25 per receipt.
    *Maximum purchase of $100 for groceries and/or liquor.
    *Only gift cards purchased from local merchants are acceptable receipt.
    *No Contracts, prescriptions or monthly membership fees accepted.
    *While supplies last.

    Northalsted Merchant's Association: Northalsted's Holiday Bucks are back! For a limited time, purchase a Northalsted gift card and you will receive a 20% bonus for every dollar you spend!

    To purchase a Northalsted Gift Card in time for the holidays, click here!

    To see a full list of chambers of commerce, visit our website!

    Concealed Carry Roundtable for Business Owners


    You are invited to join the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and our office on Monday, December 30 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the 19th District Police Station Community Room, located at 850 W. Addison for a discussion focusing on everything business owners need to know about the new concealed carry law.

    Holiday Open House... and sign up for healthcare during your visit!


    Of course we will have refreshments on hand for our guests, but while you are there, we will have several healthcare "navigators" on hand to help you with your new health insurance options with the Affordable Care Act.

    If you have any unused cans of food that have not expired, we are also collecting donations for local pantries, toys for kids, and warm winter clothing. Stop by after work to see our new offices!

    Fantastic Photos from the Community!


    These past few weeks of celebrating marriage equality in Illinois have been a whirlwind. I am so glad I had the opportunity to see Braiden Neubecker, my inspiration, after the arc of history bent towards justice.


    Earlier this month, my staff and I visited local schools around the community to drop off schools supplies in light of recent budget cuts. Thank you to all who donated notebooks, pens and pencils, and cleaning supplies!


    I had a great time earlier this month connecting with the lovely ladies of WOW. Until next time!

    Community Events!

    43rd Ward Holiday Potluck: Monday, December 2, 2013
    Bring friends and your favorite recipe, side dish, or dessert to the Annual 43rd Ward Holiday Potluck on Monday, December 2 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the 43rd Ward office at 2523 N. Halsted.

    Chicago Cubs Tree Lighting Ceremony and Toy Drive: Thursday December 5, 2013
    Thursday, December 5 at 5:30 p.m. Special Guest Fergie Jenkins. Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to place under the tree and help the Chicago Cubs create a holiday to remember.

    Southport Holiday Stroll: Friday, December 6, 2013
    It's time for our Annual Southport Holiday Stroll! Bring the family and enjoy festive lights, carolers, Santa & Mrs. Claus and plenty of holiday cheer. Plus, participating Southport businesses will be open late and offering refreshments and shopping incentives! Friday night December 6, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m (between Belmont and Irving).

    Equality Illinois Marriage Forum: Tuesday December 10, 2013

    You are invited to attend the Equality Illinois Marriage Forum on Tuesday, December 10 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted. Stay tuned for future emails and postings in Facebook, Twitter and www.eqil.org to register for these events.

    CLVN Holiday Party: Thursday, December 12, 2013
    Save the date for the CLVN Holiday Party on Thursday December 12th from 6-9 p.m. at Mad River. Free food and refreshments. Send an email to marsalek722@gmail.com with the number attending and ages of any children by December 10th.

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