Senator Steans

January 23, 2018

Dear Friends,

 

Click here to sign the petitionRight now, numerous Illinoisans are suffering from intractable pain, a severe form of chronic pain that is constant and incurable. The only thing standing in their way is the Rauner administration and its refusal to allow these patients access to medical cannabis.

 

Illinois has a fairly strict medical marijuana program, with only about 40 approved conditions. Ann Mednick is a north suburban woman who suffers from a form of intractable pain. She takes opioids to cope but sought a treatment plan with fewer side effects. She sued the Illinois Department of Public Health after it rejected her petition to add intractable pain to the state’s list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis.

 

Last week, a Cook County judge sided with Mednick and ordered IDPH to add the condition to the list.

 

However, given a choice between showing compassion for those suffering from chronic pain or pursuing a costly legal battle, the Rauner administration chose the latter. The administration has said it will appeal the judge’s ruling.

 

Do you think a court appeal is a good use of taxpayer resources? I don’t. That’s why I started a petition to call on Gov. Rauner to drop his fight and add intractable pain to the qualifying condition list for medical cannabis. If you agree, click here to sign the petition.

 

Together, we can work to expand access to medical cannabis and help those who are seeking relief from severe, life-altering pain. Click here to sign the petition telling the governor to drop the lawsuit.

 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 773-769-1717 or reach out online with any questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,
Heather Steans
Senator Heather Steans
7th District – Illinois

 

 

District Office

5533 N. Broadway • Chicago, IL 60640

773-769-1717 (Phone) • 773-769-6901 (Fax)

 

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623 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-8492 (Phone)

 

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Senator Steans

January 9, 2018

Dear Friends,

 

Senator Steans and Representative Cassidy in a committee hearing

I hope that you and your family had a wonderful holiday season and a very happy New Year.

 

Robert Reed from the Chicago Tribune recently reached out to me to discuss how legislation that Representative Cassidy and I introduced to legalize adult-use cannabis could spur economic development in Illinois. We talked about business investment interest in this burgeoning field and how employers can maintain a zero-tolerance drug policy in the workplace under our initiative.

 

We also discussed the New Frontier Data study that estimates that nationally there could be more than 250,000 jobs linked to the cannabis industry by 2020. You can read the full article here.

 

As many of you may have heard, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced last week that he was rescinding an Obama-era policy that discouraged U.S. attorneys from prosecuting operations in states that legalized marijuana. This change will not diminish our efforts to legalize adult-use cannabis in Illinois.

 

We will continue to work on this issue in the upcoming legislative session. At a public hearing later this month, experts will testify about the public health effects of legalizing adult-use cannabis.

 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 773-769-1717 or reach out online with any questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,
Heather Steans
Senator Heather Steans
7th District – Illinois

 

Defending women’s rights

 

I recently appeared on Chicago Tonight to discuss a new law that protects a woman’s right to choose in Illinois regardless of where she works, how much she makes or what happens at the federal level. Without this legislation, a “trigger” law would have kicked in, banning abortion services in Illinois if Roe v. Wade were overturned.

 

Shortly after the governor signed House Bill 40 into law, conservative lawmakers and anti-choice groups filed a lawsuit to block its implementation. A judge dismissed their case, but they are appealing.

 

Click the video below to watch the segment:

Sen. Steans on Chicago Tonight discussing a new law to protect women's rights

 

 

Care packages for homeless detainees

 

My office is working with Representative Cassidy and the Sheriff’s Justice Institute to help homeless detainees by providing them with a care package when they are released from Cook County Jail. We are collecting the following items:

  • New socks for men and women

  • Hats

  • Sample or hotel-sized toiletries

  • Gallon-sized baggies
  • Gift cards

Please drop off donations in the marked box in the lobby of our office at 5533 N. Broadway. We will collect items through mid-January.

 

 

District Office

5533 N. Broadway • Chicago, IL 60640

773-769-1717 (Phone) • 773-769-6901 (Fax)

 

Springfield Office

623 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-8492 (Phone)

 

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Senator Steans

December 5, 2017

Dear Friends,

Click here to RSVP for Women: Information for InspirationI hope you will be able to join me this Wednesday for an event that brings together women of all ages and local service providers that support women. The event, Women: Information for Inspiration, will feature two panel discussions with women who have either started their own business and who have been successful in their career.

To reserve your seat, please go to www.SenatorSteans.com/2017-womens-fair.

The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N. Sheridan Road. Participating vendors include: Sarah’s Circle, Planned Parenthood, the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice Program, the Illinois Students Assistance Commission and more.

The first panel will begin at 5:30 p.m. and include a discussion with local female entrepreneurs who will talk about their experience starting their own business and offer advice to attendees. The panel includes Sonat Birnecker Hart, founder of KOVAL Distillery; Mary Morten, president of Morten Group LLC; Karen Rose, who owns City Olive; and Miss Alex White, founder of the band White Mystery.

The second panel will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature a discussion with women who have been successful in their careers. Panelists include Jean Franczyk, CEO and president of the Chicago Botanic Garden; Gwenn Rausch, CEO of Heartland Health Centers; and Eva Kritikos, clinical nurse manager of the Family Birthing and Women's Health Center at Swedish Covenant Hospital.

This event is free and open to the public. I encourage you to share this information with your friends and neighbors who may be interested in attending. Please see the flyer for additional details and click here to reserve your seat.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 773-769-1717 or reach out online with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Heather Steans
Senator Heather Steans
7th District – Illinois

Women's Fair flyer

Holiday coat drive

My office is collecting new and gently used hats, coats and gloves for children in need until Dec. 21. Please bring donations to my office located at 5533 N. Broadway between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. If you have any questions, call 773-784-2002 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Holiday coat drive flyer

District Office

5533 N. Broadway • Chicago, IL 60640

773-769-1717 (Phone) • 773-769-6901 (Fax)

Springfield Office

623 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-8492 (Phone)

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Senator Steans

November 28, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

Giving TuesdayI hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. As we now turn to Giving Tuesday, I’d like to remind you of the robust network of organizations that serve our community. Many are looking for donations to help our neighbors put food on the table, settle into new homes and stay warm during the winter. If you can lend a helping hand, please review the list of donation opportunities for non-profit and social service organizations in District 7 here. If there is a local organization that you feel should be added to this list, please reply to this email or call my office at 773-769-1717 with their information.

I invite you to join me from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6 for a Women’s Fair at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, located at 5649 N. Sheridan Road. This free cross-generational event will include a wide range of exhibitors such as Sarah’s Circle, Planned Parenthood, Edgewater Village, and other organizations that assist women, as well as two panel discussions. Click here to reserve your seat.

The first panel will feature female entrepreneurs who will talk about their experience starting their own business and offer advice to attendees. Confirmed panelists include Mary Morten, who is the president of Morten Group; Sonat Hart, founder of Koval Distillery; Karen Rose, who owns City Olive; and Alex White, founder of the band White Mystery.

The second panel will include women who have been successful in their careers – whether that’s a career in healthcare, the corporate world or the public sector. Confirmed panelists include Cara Smith from the Cook County Sheriff's Office; Jean Franczyk, who is the CEO and president of the Chicago Botanic Garden; Gwenn Rausch, who is the CEO of Heartland Health Centers; and Eva Peroulas, who is the Clinical Nurse Manager of the Family Birthing and Women's Health Center at the Swedish Covenant Hospital. The panelists will discuss topics such as how to get your foot in the door, mentorship programs and choosing a career, among others. There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions during both panels.

I hope to see you next Wednesday. Again, please click here to reserve your seat.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 773-769-1717 or reach out online with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Heather Steans
Senator Heather Steans
7th District – Illinois

Women's Fair flyer

 

Annual holiday coat drive

Representative Cassidy, Alderman Osterman and I are collecting new and gently used hats, coats and gloves for local children in need from now until Dec. 21. Please bring donations to my office located at 5533 N. Broadway between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. If you have any questions, please call 773-784-2002 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Holiday coat drive flyer

District Office

5533 N. Broadway • Chicago, IL 60640

773-769-1717 (Phone) • 773-769-6901 (Fax)

Springfield Office

623 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-8492 (Phone)

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5533 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
Office: 773-769-1717
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Springfield, IL 62706
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