Dear friends,

I’m writing to you to provide some information on the ongoing concerns about confirmed cases of Coronavirus here in the United States. As of now, a small handful of cases have been confirmed in Chicago among people who traveled directly from the city in China where the outbreak originated.

The Chicago Department of Public Health is working directly with the Centers for Disease Control and the Illinois Department of Public Health to monitor and respond to the situation. The risk to the United States — and Illinois in particular — have been deemed low, but as this outbreak coincides with flu season, it’s a good time to remember the usual precautions for disease prevention: Wash your hands frequently, sneeze or cough into a tissue or your elbow, and limit contact with anybody displaying flu-like symptoms.

And – although I know it’s not possible for everyone due to the realities many working folks face – if you feel sick, stay home from work or school, if at all possible.

For more information about the disease and the city’s response to it, you can visit the Chicago Department of Public Health’s information page here. The Illinois Department of Public Health has information here.

The Cook County Department of Public Health is also monitoring the situation, and you can visit their page here.

The Centers for Disease Control has more information about the U.S. response to the virus here.

Stay healthy and well.

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Heather Steans
State Senator, 7th Illinois Senate District

Dear friends,

The Department of Water Management (DWM) would like you to know that the installation of water meters through the MeterSave program has been temporarily suspended while more research is done to determine why an increase in water lead levels is being seen in some homes with meters.

There are very easy steps that residents can take to ensure they have the highest quality water:

1. Filter Sets for metered customers

DWM has sent a letter to every customer who received a meter since 2000 with registration information for a free filter set. The filter sets--a water pitcher and six filters that are NSF-certified to reduce lead if used correctly--can be ordered online at using the custom code in the letter. Over the next few weeks, residents will also be receiving another mailing from DWM with this information.

Please register for this free filter set if you are eligible and have not already done so.

2. Free Lead Testing Program

DWM strongly encourages you to participate in their free lead testing program offered to any resident in Chicago. The testing is done by a certified lab and your results will be sent to you. DWM will also schedule a follow-up visit if necessary. You may request a free lead test kit by calling 311 or by visiting

If you have requested a test kit, please follow the instructions carefully and return it. The kits have no expiration date.

3. Flushing

One of the most effective tools for ensuring water quality is flushing. Every time you have not used your water for six hours or more, run a tap for five minutes to move the stagnant water out of your system. Doing dishes, laundry, showering or watering the lawn all count towards flushing as well. Also, as always, use cold water from the tap rather than hot water for drinking or cooking.

Flush your water for 5 minutes every time it has been stagnant for six hours or more.

For more information on Chicago’s Water Quality Study and meter installation, you can visit:

Residents can still register for a meter and they will be added to a waitlist and notified when the program resumes. For more information on the MeterSave program, you can visit:

Please see the below flyers from the City of Chicago for more information on keeping yourself and children safe from lead in drinking water.

Also, please watch the video below on the home testing process for people potentially impacted by lead in their water.

As always, feel free to contact me with any comments or concerns you may have at 773-769-1717 or reach out online.


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State Senator, 7th District

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Dear friends,

Now back from Springfield, I have had the chance to reflect about the past six months, thinking of how a new chapter has turned in our state’s history.

It is great to be back in the district, and I look forward to meeting many of you at the numerous events across the district. I also will be hosting several coffee and conversation events to update the community on the legislative session and to hear your thoughts on the issues that matter most to you.

Details on the upcoming coffee events are on the flyers below. Always feel free to contact me with any comments or concerns you may have at 773-769-1717 or reach out online.






Heather A. Steans
State Senator, 7th District


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Dear Friends,

Since before the founding of our nation, women have been instrumental in shaping our country’s values and direction. Starting in 1995, we set aside the month of March each year to recognize the achievements and impact that women have had on our nation’s history.

Although our history classes make mention of suffragettes like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, there are many female historical figures who made great strides in different fields of work who have gone unnoticed. Sojourner Truth was a former slave who used her powerful voice and writing to spark conversations around abolition and women’s rights in the U.S. Rosalind Franklin’s images of the DNA molecule led to the understanding of its structure, but three male scientists were credited with its discovery instead. Millions more women have advocated for change, contributed to the workforce, and pulled and tugged at the American spirit.

It is important to tell these neglected stories from our past and recognize the countless accomplishments that women have made.

There are many events throughout Chicago celebrating Women’s History Month. Below are some of the events open to the public.


Citywide Events


Celebrating Irish Women

Thursday, March 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Edgewater Library

6000 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660

Early 20th century Ireland found women engaged in three main causes: workers’ rights, suffrage and Irish freedom. Maureen Smith from Loyola University will take a look at these causes and prominent figures from this time period including Countess Constance Markievicz and Dr. Kathleen Lynn. For more information, click here.

Women’s History Film Screening: Amelia

Friday, March 8, 2-4 p.m.

Harold Washington Library Center

400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605

Summary of the film: From the time she first sits in the pilot's seat, aviatrix Amelia Earhart (Hilary Swank) feels destined to achieve great things. Beginning in 1928, she sets a number of aviation milestones, including numerous speed and altitude records, and was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. In 1937, Amelia undertakes her greatest challenge of all: to become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe by airplane. For more information, click here.


International Women’s Day Edgewater Crawl

Friday, March 8, 5-8 p.m.

The Edge Off Broadway Theatre

1133 W. Catalpa Ave., Chicago, IL 60640

Edgewater will be hosting a night to celebrate women-owned businesses. Come drink and mingle as you go along the route and explore what Edgewater has to offer. This event costs $35 for the general public. For more information, click here.


Film Screening: “The Rest I Make Up”

Monday, March 11, 4-6 p.m.

Crown 210 at Loyola University
1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660

Women’s studies and gender studies will be sponsoring a screening of the film “The Rest I Make Up.” The film is about the life of Maria Irene Fornes. For more information, click here.


Cinema Harold: Hidden Figures

Wednesday, March 13, 2-4 p.m.

Harold Washington Library Center

400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605

Summary of the film: As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as "human computers," this film follows them as they quickly rise the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit and guaranteeing his safe return. Based on the book Hidden Figures. For more information, click here.


Women’s History When You Do the Work

Wednesday, March 13, 6-7 p.m.

Chicago Bee Library

3647 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60609

This event will host a family friendly personal development workshop performed by Courtney Winfrey and Ryan Hendry, who will focus on three self-improvement topics: setting purposed based intentions, goal setting and igniting your personal drive. The program is intended to engage the audience in being more mindful when thinking or planning their future goals. For more information, click here.


Truth Telling: Frances Willard and Ida B. Wells

Thursday, March 14, 5:30-8 p.m.

Northwestern University, Harris Hall, Room 107

1881 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208

This event is a community history project of the Frances Willard House Museum and Archives. In the 1890s, Woman’s Christian Temperance Union President Frances Willard and journalist and activist Ida B. Wells fought internationally for Wells’ anti-lynching campaign. Under Willard’s leadership, the WCTU eventually passed resolutions opposing lynching, but Willard’s language and actions complicate her legacy. Registration required at For more information, click here.


Borrow an Entrepreneur: Celebrating Women’s History Month

Friday, March 15, 10 a.m.-Noon

Harold Washington Library Center

400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605

The Human Library project began as a way for people to challenge stereotypes and prejudices. During this event, participants will have the opportunity to “check out” (sign up for 15 minutes with) a woman entrepreneur. Christen Carter, the owner and president of Busy Beaver Button Company, and Rebecca Wu, a self-published children’s author, will be available to share their experience and knowledge one-on-one. For more information, click here.


Adult Book Discussion: The Woman in Cabin 10

Thursday, March 28, Noon-1 p.m.

Harold Washington Library Center

400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605

Summary of the book: After a nightmarish break-in, British journalist Lo Blacklock is exhausted but happy to board an exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, on assignment. However, when she awakens to the sounds of a woman being thrown overboard, a real nightmare begins in earnest. For more information, click here.


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