November, 2014
Dear Neighbor,

The General Assembly will reconvene on Wednesday, November 19 for fall veto session where we will address legislation vetoed by the governor.  The two hot agenda items that continue to be widely-discussed are the ridesharing bill and the minimum wage. Stay tuned for more updates on other agenda items. 


Last week, I joined former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall and other mental health advocates in launching The Kennedy Forum Illinois-- a new initiative that brings business and civic leaders, and philanthropists together to raise awareness, strategize and implement effective ways to end the stigma attached to mental illness and substance abuse. Providing adequate resources and care for those whose lives have been touched by mental illness and substance abuse are at the core of the Forum. For more information, or if you or someone you know is in need of care, please click here. 


Thanksgiving is around the corner, and we have 106,000 reasons to be thankful-- it is always a pleasure serving the residents of the 12th district. If you are looking for meaningful ways to give back to the community, our local food pantries can always use a helping hand to serve our community's most vulnerable. To find food pantries and groups serving hot meals near you, visit the Greater Chicago Food Depository for a complete list. We hope you can join us in volunteering  this holiday season!


As a reminder, open enrollment for 2015 healthcare coverage through the Marketplace is

now open until February 15, 2015. More than 700,000 Illinoisans now have access to health care under the Affordable Care Act. If you have an existing plan, be sure to either renew or choose new coverage by the December 31 deadline. If you have questions about the Marketplace or how to move forward in securing health coverage, visit our healthcare hub

As always, we welcome your feedback and ideas on issues facing the state. If you have question about veto session or other state matters, contact us  via email or by phone at (773)-296-4141. Also be sure to check us out on  Facebook and Twitter for veto session and other community updates.

Very truly yours,
Sara Feigenholtz
State Representative
12th District


So honored to have the first LGBT-friendly senior housing in the Midwest in the neighborhood! Thank you, Center on Halsted, Sen. Durbin, Mayor Emanuel, Congressman Quigley and Ald. Tunney for bringing this incredible resource to our city. 
A special thank you to the Illinois Soybean Assoc. for providing soy crayons to public schools in the 12th District!  
We joined the Coalition To Save Our Mental Health Centers for the grand opening of The Kedzie Center, Chicago's first ever community-funded mental health center. 

Brainery/ LVCC Identity Theft Roundtable
Thursday, Nov. 20, 9:00 AM
1601 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL

Identity theft is the fastest-growing crime in America, and each year millions of people lose thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours getting their identities back.  By having a plan in place, you could avoid paying out of pocket and get help from a counselor to take back your identity.

Join Brainery and LVSS as Jennifer Ward from Liberty Mutual speaks  about identity fraud and how to prevent it.  She will also talk about the importance of personal liability protection, as the two coverage's are often overlooked and provide extra protection at a minimal cost for the unexpected. RSVP here.


Zoolights at Lincoln Park Zoo

Beginning Friday, Nov. 28, 5-9:00 PM

2001 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 

Join Lincoln Park Zoo for the brilliance of this annual fun, free, family-oriented holiday celebration, featuring luminous displays and holiday-season activities throughout zoo grounds.

They'll flip the on switch for the free holiday fun on November 28. Afterward, ZooLights will shine Friday-Sunday until December 12, at which point the lights be on nightly (except December 24 and 25) until January 4. More information here. 


Joy of Toys Holiday Wrap Party

Saturday, Dec. 6, 1-3:30 PM

21 W. Goethe, Chicago IL


Our North Dearborn Association friends are hosting the annual "Joy of Toys" Holiday Wrap Party, Saturday, December 6 from 1pm to 3.30pm at Mario's Table, 21 W. Goethe St.. 


Admission to this family-friendly event is a minimum of one new, unwrapped toy valued at $20 for a 3-10 year old child.  Owner, Mario Stefanini, provides complimentary food and beverages for all the "wrappers". The toys are later distributed to students at George Manierre School and the Catherine Ferguson Child Parent Center. Over 5,000 toys have been donated through this popular neighborhood event. 


Lakeview East Holiday Party

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 6-9:00 PM

3463 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL


Join Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce for their annual holiday party at ROCKS Lakeview.$25 for members, $30 for non-members. More information here.



11/10/14: Daily Whale: Q & A with Illinois House Assistant Majority Leader Sara Feigenholtz 


10/30/14: DNAinfo - Chicago's First Community-Funded Mental Health Center Opens in Irving Park


10/22/14: - Howard Brown Health Center celebrates exam room expansion


10/10/14: Windy City Times - Ribbon cutting at LGBTQ-friendly apartment


9/4/14: The Gazette Democrat - A tragedy which never should be forgotten

Keep in touch!

If we can ever be of any assistance to you on matters regarding the state of Illinois, please contact our constituent services office:

State Representative Sara Feigenholtz
3223 N. Sheffield Ave, Suite A
Chicago, Il 60657
(773) 296-4141 |


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