Senator Steans and witnessess testify on the ERAIllinois can play a vital role in ensuring generations of women and men across the nation enjoy equal rights – a notion that is far from guaranteed under the Trump administration and a Republican-controlled Congress, State Senator Heather Steans said Tuesday.

“I am proud to champion the fight for gender equality by sponsoring SJRCA 4, which ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This legislation could be voted out of committee as soon as this week, which would make us one step closer to making the 28th Amendment a reality,” said Steans, a Chicago Democrat.

Steans’ remarks were made prior to the Illinois Women’s March on Springfield, which was expected to draw women and men from across the state to rally for progressive issues including equal rights, raising the minimum wage and protecting a woman’s right to choose.

Steans said she is excited about Illinois’ chance to play an historic role in the fight for gender equality. Illinois could be the 37th out of 38 states needed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment for it to become enshrined in the Constitution.

“There is currently no federal constitutional provision that guarantees equality on the basis of sex. With recent executive orders and a Republican-controlled Congress, it is now more important than ever to make Illinois the 37th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment,” she said.

“We need to protect the advances we have made toward gender equality by providing a strong legal footing against any rollbacks to legislation like the Equal Pay Act and Title IX.”

Senator Steans in a committee hearingAs the movement to legalize recreational marijuana gains popularity in Illinois, State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and State Representative Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) heard testimony addressing best practices for regulation and taxation on Wednesday, April 19 from experts around the country. This hearing was the first in a series that will address the wide variety of concerns regarding their legislation that would allow Illinois residents to possess up to 28 grams of marijuana and purchase marijuana products at licensed and regulated facilities.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” Steans said. “Taxing legalized recreational marijuana would have a huge impact on the state both in the form of new revenue and in job creation. Last year alone, 18,000 jobs were created in Colorado due to the marijuana industry.”  

Karmen Hanson from the National Conference of State Legislatures explained the process of implementing a tax structure and regulations in states that have already legalized recreational marijuana during her testimony. In the past year, Colorado has received nearly $200 million in revenue from the tax generated through over $1 billion in marijuana sales.

“Hearing about the experiences of policymakers who worked through the issues that appeared during the process of legalizing marijuana in other states will help us create a plan that will proactively address these concerns,” Cassidy said. “Our state desperately needs the revenue that would be brought in by the taxation of cannabis, so I look forward to continuing the conversation in the coming months.”

The legislation will include a number of public safety and regulatory measures. Driving under the influence of marijuana would remain illegal, and strict rules would ensure marijuana products would not be accessible to people under 21. Smoking marijuana in public would also be prohibited.

“Colorado takes its responsibility to regulate marijuana very seriously,” Barbara Brohl, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue said. “Tax revenue and license fees fund our regulatory costs as well as allows the state to address some social consequences of use that otherwise might be difficult to address. We remain proactive in our regulatory approach, and work very closely with all of our stakeholders to carefully balance public safety and burden on the industry, which ensures that as issues arise we can address them quickly and flexibly.”

The sponsors plan to hold additional subject matter hearings throughout the spring to hear from other individuals and organizations.

Senator Steans

April 18, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

Town Hall on Recreational MarijuanaDon’t miss my town hall tomorrow evening, April 19, at 7 p.m. at Broadway Armory Park (5917 N. Broadway) with Rep. Cassidy! This is an opportunity for you to learn more about proposed legislation to legalize recreational marijuana and voice your opinion on the topic. Space is limited, so please RSVP here to reserve your seat. For those of you that are not able to attend, click here to watch the town hall on Facebook live.

 

Rep. Cassidy and I will also host a Meet and Greet at the Rogers Park Social Club (6920 N. Glenwood Ave.) on Sunday, April 23 from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. We will provide an update on legislation and the current state of affairs in Illinois. To RSVP for the Meet and Greet, click here.

 

Please see below for more information about Clean and Green events in the district to celebrate Earth Day, upcoming community policing town halls and information about the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund.

 

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

 

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

 

Clean and Green Events to celebrate Earth Day

Senator Steans celebrates Arbor Day in the district

To celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, neighbors are gathering throughout the district to lead cleanup efforts as a part of Chicago’s citywide Clean & Green Day of Service. The City will provide the tools for the projects. Please see below for a full list of events.

 

49th ward
9 a.m.
Meet at the 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview for coffee and rolls before heading out across the neighborhood. Volunteers will pick up trash, cut weeds and plant flowers. Volunteers will return to the Ward office at noon for a “Taste of the 49th Ward” featuring an array of food donated from restaurants in the ward.
To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, address, phone number, email, number of participants, organization (if applicable) and locations in need of attention. You can also register by calling 773-338-5796.

 

48th ward
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
We will sweep, paint and plant our way throughout the 48th ward to improve our schools, gardens, parks and storefronts. A free barbecue will follow at the Streets and Sanitation yard.
To sign up, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 773-784-5277.

 

47th ward
Neighbors will meet at 6 different locations in the morning:
Ravenswood Neighbors meet at Wilson and Hermitage at 10 a.m.
Meet John at Lawrence and the east side of Ravenswood at 10 a.m.
Meet in Revere Park (2509 W. Irving Park) at 9 a.m.
Meet Matt at 2011 W. Eastwood at 10 a.m.
Meet Ross at Sunken Gardens (located at Virginia and Sunnyside) at 9 a.m.
Riverbank Neighbors meet at Berteau and the river at 10 a.m.

 

46th ward
For more information or to register, call 311. The deadline to register is Wednesday, April 19.

 

40th ward
For more information and to request tools for the day, call 773-769-1140.

 

Community Policing Town Halls

 

The Community Policing Advisory Panel will host three town hall meetings to give residents an opportunity to provide feedback on the Chicago Police Department’s focus on community policing. The goal of the advisory panel is to develop a strategic plan to work with neighborhoods to fight crime and to restore trust between residents and police.

 

Tuesday, April 18th: George Westinghouse College Prep
3223 W Franklin Blvd Chicago, IL 60624
6:30pm – 8:30pm

 

Tuesday, April 25th: Sullivan High School
6631 N Bosworth Ave Chicago, IL 60626
6:30pm – 8:30pm

 

Tuesday, May 2nd: Corliss Early College STEM High School
821 E 103rd St Chicago, IL 60628
6:30pm – 8:30pm

 

The deadline to apply for Neighborhood Opportunity Fund is April 21

 

Chicago Neighborhoods Now FundThe Neighborhood Opportunity Fund supports commercial areas in underserved neighborhoods in Chicago. Business and property owners can apply for a grant to pay for the rehabilitation or development of real estate projects that support new or expanding businesses or cultural assets.

 

The first round application deadline is April 21, 2017. The second round deadline is October 2, 2017. For more information, click here.

 

 

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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

April 13, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

Legalizing recreational marijuana would be a big policy change in the state. I know many of you have feelings and opinions about this legislation, and as your state senator, it is important to me to hear your feedback on this legislation.

 

Please join me and State Representative Kelly Cassidy for a town hall to discuss legalizing recreational marijuana at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at the Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway. The event is free and open to the public. If you are able to attend, please RSVP here.

 

I do not plan to move forward with this bill hastily. Representative Cassidy and I want to ensure that there is ample time for organizations and individuals to voice their opinions and for us to adjust the legislation based on that information.

 

If you can’t make it on Wednesday, join us from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the Rogers Park Social Club, 6920 N. Glenwood Ave., for a Meet and Greet. Representative Cassidy and I will be available to update you on legislation and the current state of affairs in Illinois. To RSVP for the Meet and Greet, click here.

 

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

 

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

 

Upcoming Event Flyers

 

Town Hall on Recreational Marijuana

 

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Edgewater Village Survey for individuals 55+

 

The Edgewater Village, a free resource to connect older adults with neighborhood services, social and cultural events, and volunteer opportunities in the community is conducting a community needs assessment survey and would like your feedback. If you are 55 and above, click here to complete the survey to help Edgewater Village determine what older adults want from the community. The survey is open until April 17.

 

 

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