September, 2014

Dear Neighbor,


As summer draws to a close and we welcome the new school year for students in our community, our office has launched our annual school supplies drive to help out neighborhood schools. To learn how you can contribute, please click here.


It's been a busy summer with the Governor signing and vetoing several pieces of legislation that many of you have written in or called our office about. To see a full list of my bills that were signed into law, please click here


In July, we watched online as many of you expressed dissatisfaction with the incredibly disappointing U.S. Supreme Court Hobby Lobby ruling.  The decision, which stated that some companies aren't required to provide contraceptives coverage for employees, reverberated across the country as a "déjà vu moment", reigniting the embers of the war on women's reproductive rights

In response to this decision, Governor Quinn's statement asserting that a "woman's personal health decision should stay strictly between her and her doctor" came before the passage of The Women's Health Referendum (HB 5755), a statewide advisory public question regarding prescription birth control coverage. The non-binding referendum, which I co-sponsored, will be on the ballot this November and asks voters if Illinois-based health insurance plans that cover prescription drugs should include prescription birth control coverage.

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 news and events in the area. 

 Very truly yours, 


Sara Feigenholtz

State Representative

12th District

Legislative Recap:
Rep. Feigenholtz's bills signed by Governor Quinn

Health Care:

HB 5925 -- IL. Health Information Exchange: Encourages usage of electronic Health Information Exchanges and update laws regarding to the disclosure of HIV-related and genetic information to reflect the current health care market place. This law further prohibits insurance companies from using genetic information when setting the price of health or life insurance. 

SB 647 -- Telehealth: Takes a big first step in resolving health care access issues that people in under-served areas around Illinois face. As more healthcare professionals utilize interactive audio-visual systems to provide care, this measure establishes that an insurance provider who offers coverage for telehealth services must comply with a set of uniform standards that streamline services. This new law is effective January 1, 2015.

SB 3076 -- Advanced Directives/ POLST: Extends the execution of the DNR/POLST form to medical nurses primarily responsible for the patient, effective immediately. 

SB 2958 -- Nursing Practice Act:  Creates the Medication Aide Pilot Program, allowing participating long-term facilities to employ medication aides, effective immediately.


Adoption & Children:

HB 5598 -- DCFS, Voluntary Placement:  Targets the root cause of custody relinquishment in situations where no other options are available to parents due to lack of state services for children with serious mental illness. An intergovernmental agency agreement must be complete by July 1, 2015. 

HB 5949 -- Adoption Act, VariousPermits 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. 


Hospitality Industry: 

HB 5926 -- Alcohol Server Training: Ensures that alcohol servers in Cook County have basic training in responsible alcohol service and handling. Requires the State Liquor Commission to develop training modules and certificate programs focused on all aspects of responsible alcohol service, including: identifying signs of intoxication, preventing DUIs, preventing underage sales and drinking, and creating safer communities where alcohol is served. This law is effective July 1, 2015.

Governor Quinn Vetoes Ride-sharing Bill 


As many of you are already aware, Governor Quinn vetoed HB 4075 on August 25 noting  that commercial ride-sharing regulations are established not by the State, but by local governments exercising home rule. The measure that would have required ride-share drivers  to obtain chauffeur's licenses and distinctive license plates included a number of other restrictions that would have stifled these companies. If you were one of the hundreds of people who weighed in on this issue with our office, we recommend that you review  the roll call and contact other members of the legislature and ask them to sustain the Governor's veto when we return to Springfield in November. 

To see the HB 4075 House Roll Call, please click here.
Property Valuation Appeals foLakeview Township
The Cook County Board of Review is now open for property valuation appeals through September 25 for the 2014 Assessment Complaints session. Click here to file an assessment complaint online,  and please be sure to have your property index number (PIN) available when completing the application.
Over $1,000 Raised for Local ALS Charity
Rep. Feigenholtz takes the
 Ice Bucket Challenge 
Ald. Tom Tunney staff accepts Rep. Feigenholtz's Ice Bucket nomination.
Last month, our office received three nominations from Ald. Tom Tunney (44) and State Reps. Ann Williams and Kelly Cassidy to complete the "Ice Bucket Challenge" to raise funds for ALS research.

Community members donated a combined $700 towards our campaign and I personally pledged an additional $400 to the cause when four of Alderman Tom Tunney's ward staff accepted our nomination.


A special thank you to everyone who contributed to our campaign. Because of you, we are sending the Les Turner ALS Foundation of Chicago a check for $1,100!

Community Corner

Anshe Emet Youth Engagement Member Works to Improve Literacy
Anshe Emet Youth Engagement member Aaron Kamel is working with Real Men Read to improve literacy in Chicago Public Schools by collecting books for students in grades K-3 during Rosh Hashana. To learn more about this project and other Anshe Emet initiatives, please click here

Kozy's Cyclery named "Retailer of the Year"
Congratulations Ron & Paul Kozy of Kozy's Cyclery (3712 N. Halsted) on receiving the 2014 "Retailer of the Year" award from the Illinois Retail Merchants Association!  Kozy's dedication to our city over the past seven decades has not only provided a space for bicycle repair and purchase, they have also been an active presence in local schools by providing educational tools and discounts or free bicycles to school.


 Art Potash of Potash Markets named "America's Retail Champion"

Art Potash of the family-owned Potash Markets received an outstanding award from the National Retail Federation by being named America's Retail Champion of the Year for his leadership and advocacy in the industry. Congratulations on this distinguished recognition! 


An Evening on Astor


It is always a pleasure spending time with our friends at the Junior League of Chicago,who were awarded Most Elegant Table! 

Thank you,Gold Coast Neighbors for hosting yet another elegant block party!


Community Events

Wine Crush in Old Town
Saturday, September 13 | Noon - 10:00 PM
W. North & N. Wells

Libations (including wine and craft beers), music, art and specialty culinary dishes will take center stage when the "Crush in Old Town" returns for its 12th year to Wells Street. It's a unique urban wine and culinary experience made even more intriguing with tasty macaroni dishes sold by the neighborhood's acclaimed restaurants.

Community Health Fair at Weiss Memorial Hospital
Friday, September 19 | 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Weiss Memorial Hospital (4646 N. Marine Dr.)

Weiss Memorial Hospital along with Walgreen's and the American Cancer Society are sponsoring a Community Health Fair Everyone is invited to attend the Community Health Fair at Weiss Memorial Hospital, Medical Office Building, 4700 N. Marine Drive. Services also include: Influenza shots and RTA Free Ride Card Renewal. Please call (773) 564-5666 for more information. Registration  is not required.

Lakeview Taco Fest
Saturday, September 20 | Noon - 10:00 PM
W. Addison & N. Southport 

Whether one prefers theirs with a hard or soft shell and filled with a meat, chicken, guacamole, fish or other imaginative ingredients, this September happening in the bustling Southport Corridor is a mega-hot addition to the Windy City's food fest scene. There will also be special beer and taco pairings, crowd-pleasing Mexican wrestlers, and visitors will be able to text-to-vote for Chicago's "Best Taco."

Bird Walk Around Lincoln Park's North Pond
Wednesday, September 24 | 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (2430 N. Cannon Dr.)

More than 300 kinds of birds visit Chicago's Lincoln Park, one of the region's best places to see birds. Join experienced bird watchers from the Chicago Ornithological Society on weekly bird walks around North Pond to observe and learn about our feathered neighbors. Each week brings different birds to view. Dress for the weather and bring your binoculars.
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