August, 2014

Dear Neighbor,


As summer nears its end, I hope all of you continue to enjoy the beautiful weather and free summer events in Chicago. The neighborhood and City have been buzzing with activity with the many festivals, parades, and Movies in the Park. To join in on the fun, a list of events can be found in the End of Summer Events section below.


Our neighborhood schools are always in need of supplies. While you are out shopping, consider a walk down the school supply aisle to pick up a ream of paper and pens to walk over to your neighborhood school. Our office has put together a list of neighborhood public schools, their school supply wishlist and contacts to make sure our kids are ready for the upcoming school year. Please see the chart below to help coordinate your donation.  


The Mayor's Office recently announced a plan to renovate Goudy Square Park (1255 N. Astor St.) in the 12th District, a project that is a part of a larger city-wide effort to rehab 103 city parks. The project will create and ensure a safe space for our children to stay active. Stay tuned into the Mayor's Office or contact your Alderman to get up-to-date information on projects in and around our community.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or a member of my staff if we can ever be of assistance to you. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages to keep in touch and learn more about events in the area.  

 Very truly yours, 


Sara Feigenholtz

State Representative

12th District

Legislative Update on Adoption Reform
Signed, sealed, delivered!
Governor Quinn signs expanded birth certificate access legislation live on the Steve Cochran Show on WGN Radio
Because of "Simple Piece of Paper..."
Governor Quinn celebrates with Rep. Feigenholtz at the screening of "A Simple Piece of Paper" along with one happy constituent who obtained her original birth certificate

House Bill 5949 -- Adoption Act, VariousOn July 9, Governor Quinn signed House Bill 5949 into law-- an adoption measure that permits confidential intermediaries to compile court-obtained records to compose an unofficial document resembling a birth certificate for adult adoptees and/or birth relatives in the event an original birth certificate can not be located. Currently, there are over 200 Illinoisans who can benefit from this new law, effective January 1, 2015. 

A number of other bills sponsored by Rep. Feigenholtz were signed into law this month:


 House Bill 5598 -- DCFS, Voluntary Placement: addresses scenarios in which parents are forced to resort to relinquishing custody of a child with a serious mental illness to the state in order to receive critical state services;


 House Bill 4652 -- DCFS, Scholarships: expands opportunities for teenagers under the care of DCFS to attend and finish their post-secondary education;


 Senate Bill 3009-- DCFS Progress Report: requires DCFS to provide the Legislature with a comprehensive progress report regarding its child care licensing goals.


 Senate Bill 3217:  establishes a Children's Justice Task Force.  


Thank you Governor Quinn and legislators for being strong advocates for Illinois families!

Health Care Resource Round-Up
Our Senior Health Fair at Weiss Memorial 
Weiss Memorial Hospital CEO Dr. Anthony Tedeschi with Rep. Feigenholtz and Senate President John Cullerton
The following resources and more can be found in the Health Care & Coverage section on our website.

Managed Care Expansion Mail Schedule

The Illinois Departments of Human Services (DHS) and Health Care and Family Services (HFS) are in the process of prompting benefit recipients to enroll in a new managed care system. To make sure you receive this information, please confirm your current residential address with DHS at 800-720-4166 or HFS at 866-912-8880. (**Note: CountyCare recipients are in Managed Care and will not receive enrollment letters until January 2015.)


HIV Medication Coverage

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago has put together valuable resources for Integrated Care Program Medicaid and Medicaid/Medicare Initiative recipients needing HIV medication. To see which medications are covered by your healthcare insurer, please click here


Women's Health

CoverHer, a new hotline launched by the National Women's Law Center, assists women having trouble accessing preventative health services (including contraceptives). To take advantage of this new program, call 866-745-5487 or visit for more information. 


Prescription Drug Savings

In a effort to help our constituents reduce the cost of prescription drugs that can put a big dent in your wallet, we are always researching ways to help reduce cost and help get you the medication you need. Check out GoodRx, which can assist you in finding the best deal on your prescription drugs. This tool compares prices, coupons and discounts at local pharmacies, making it easier for you to shop smart at your next refill. Click here to start saving.

Back To School Supplies Drop Off


Below is a list of neighborhood schools accepting pens, pencils, notebooks and more. To schedule a donation drop off, please advance your local school's contact below so they can know when to expect you. If your school's drop off location is our office, you may make the drop off at 3223 N. Sheffield Ave., Suite A.  



Brennemann Elementary4251 N. Clarendon
Copier & loose-leaf paper, dry erase markers
Jennifer Ellen 
Main Office
Agassiz Elementary
2851 N. Seminary
Copier paper, pens, pencils
Sarah Travis
(Rep. Feigenholtz)
Rep. Feigenholtz's Office
Greeley Elementary
832 W. Sheridan 
Copier paper, glue sticks, pencils, dry erase markers 
Pat Benjamin
Main Office
Hawthorne Scholastic Academy3319 N. CliftonCopier paper, pens, pencilsNathan Pietrini
Main Office
InterAmerican Magnet School851 W. Waveland
Copier paper, pens, pencils
Sarah Travis
(Rep. Feigenholtz)
Rep. Feigenholtz's Office
LaSalle Language Academy1734 N. Orleans
Backpacks, scientific calculators, combination locks, pencil cases
Kimberly Miller 
Main Office
Nettelhorst Elementary3252 N. Broadway
Copier and colored construction paper, post-it notes, scotch tape
Melody Murphy
Main Office
Walt Disney Magnet School4140 N. Marine
Copier paper, pens, pencils
Sarah Travis
(Rep. Feigenholtz)
Rep. Feigenholtz's Office
End of Summer Events

Northalsted Market Days
Saturday, August 9/ Sunday, August 10 | On Halsted between Belmont & Addison
Admission: Free

Mark your calendar, book your room, and get ready for summer. 2014 Northalsted Market DaysŪ is coming to you live on August 9-10, 2014. A crowd from across the country will come together to celebrate the largest two-day street festival in the Midwest, right here on Halsted. More information here.

Chicago Hotdog Fest
Saturday, August 9/ Sunday, August 10 | 1699 N. Clark St.
Admission: Free

This second annual food happening, held just steps from (and benefiting) the acclaimed Chicago History Museum, has all the ingredients of an exceptional Big City summer event. 

In fact, because it was so wildly successful its first year, Chicago Hot Dog Fest is expanding to two days in 2014. It's also broadening other toppings. In addition to its great Lincoln Park location, this year's fest will enhance its music stage lineup and bring back the fun-filled kids' activity area. More information here.

Buena Park Concert in the Park
Thursday, August 21 | Buena Circle Park (Buena & Kenmore) | 7:00-9:30 PM
Admission: Free

Our August Free Concert in the Park is scheduled for Thursday, August 21 at 7 pm.  Back by popular demand is the RCM band.  We will also be having food trucks, a bouncy house for the kids and more.  This is a great way to unwind on a Thursday night listening to good music, eating tasty food and watching children have a blast. Hey, "it don't get much better n that"  

Special for this event is the first unveiling of the Portrait of Buena Park poster.  We really want your input, so we hope that we get a lot of folks to stop by the Portrait of Buena Park table and take a look. 

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