Senator Steans

November 29, 2016

Dear Friends,

 

As we prepare for the holidays, I’d like to remind you of the robust network of organizations that serve our community. From ensuring that our residents have food on the table to mental health support, these groups work tirelessly to support those in need. Now it’s our turn to lend a helping hand.

 

Here is a list of donation opportunities for non-profit and social service organizations in and around District 7. Several are looking for winter clothing and non-perishable food. Please keep them in mind on Giving Tuesday and as you do your holiday shopping and cleaning.

 

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 hope that you and your family had a Happy Thanksgiving.

 

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

 

Holiday Coat Drive

 

Representative Cassidy, Alderman Osterman and I will collect 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 St. 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

122 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-8492 (Phone)

 

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Senator Steans

November 16, 2016

Dear Friends,

 

Today the Illinois State Senate passed legislation to override the governor’s veto on automatic voter registration. I co-sponsored Senate Bill 250 with Senator Manar, which automatically registers eligible voters when they interact with state agencies. The legislation now moves to the House for consideration.

 

Automatic voter registration is estimated to provide access to the ballot to about 2 million eligible voters in 2018 and update the addresses of 700,000 voters.

 

Given the recent election, it is clear now more than ever how important it is to make voting easier. Over the weekend leading up to the election alone, 62,000 Illinoisans registered to vote online, demonstrating a need for increased access to voter registration. Although Illinois is the most populous state in the Midwest, we have one of the lowest voting turnouts in the region. Our democracy becomes more representative as more people get involved.

 

Automatic voter registration will help more Illinoisans register to vote, especially minorities. Nearly half of voting-age eligible African-Americans are not registered to vote in Illinois, while nearly 60 percent of Asian-Americans are not registered and 33 percent of women are not registered to vote.

 

Most of you will see this change when you go to the DMV to update your driver’s license or state identification card. At that time, you will be given the chance to opt out of being registered to vote. Otherwise, if you are eligible, your voter information automatically will be added or updated.

 

By automatically registering eligible voters, the state will streamline the registration process and remove duplicative paperwork. Automatic voter registration also maintains accurate voting rolls and ensures that as people move, their voter registration is updated.

 

I will continue to fight for our democracy during this legislative session. As always, please feel free to contact my office at 773-769-1717 or 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)

 

Springfield Office

122 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-8492 (Phone)

 

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Senator Steans

November 15, 2016

Dear Friends,

 

In the aftermath of the elections there have been reports of children in distress, especially from frequently marginalized youth such as LGBTQ members and immigrants. For refugee and immigrant children, fear of being forcibly separated from family through deportation is clearly traumatic and threatening. LGBTQ youth may be frightened that recent broadening of civil rights and social acceptance may be at risk. Resources that may help during this transitional time are below, and you can click here to review more information from the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital on youth health and well-being.

 

Additionally, students may have interpreted language used during the election cycle as permission to bully other students. Bullying is a serious problem facing our children and one that can stunt self-confidence and impede learning in school. I have included links below to some helpful guides on how to talk to children about the election and promote safety.

 

As always, please feel free to contact my office at 773-769-1717 or online with any questions or concerns.

 

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

 

Support for youth

 

Support for family, parents and caregivers

 

Support for professionals working with youth

 

 

Local human and civil rights organizations

 

 

 

District Office

5533 N. Broadway • Chicago, IL 60640

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

 

Springfield Office

122 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-8492 (Phone)

 

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Senator Steans

October 26, 2016

Dear Friends,

 

From apple bobbing to parades and free trick-or-treating, there is an abundance of Halloween festivities around the district this weekend. I’ve included a list of activities for you and your family to enjoy, as well as some safety tips to ensure that trick-or-treaters have a fun night out.

Trick-or-treaters

 

As you’re preparing for the holiday, have you noticed that you have a Halloween costume gathering dust in your home? If so, why not bring some cheer to a local child by donating it?

 

We are collecting new and gently used costumes to give to after-school programs, social service agencies and other groups that work with children who can't afford a costume.

 

You can drop off costumes at my office (5533 N. Broadway) this week between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. We will collect costumes until Friday, Oct. 28. Call 773-769-1717 for more information.

 

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

 

Local Halloween Festivities

 

Friday, Oct. 28:

  • Spook-Tacular Halloween Parade at the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway (9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.)
    • Join the library for a costume parade around the block followed by story time. Permission slips are required and will count as registration.
  • Gale Elementary School Fall Ball, 1631 W. Jonquil Terrace (2 p.m.-6 p.m.) 
    • Come together to celebrate the holiday with apple bobbing, face painting, games and more for a $1 entry fee.


Saturday, Oct. 29:


Monday, Oct. 31:

  • Halloween Party at Loyola Park (4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
    • Wear your costumes and prepare for fun, food and games to celebrate the holiday.

Halloween Party at Loyola Park Flyer

 

Safety tips and tricks for a great night

 

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers.
  • Have children carry flashlights or glow sticks to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • Plan a route in advance.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and layer up for those chilly fall nights.
  • Make sure costumes aren’t too long.
  • Check the candy to make sure it didn’t become unwrapped or exposed while in the goodie bag.
  • When possible, choose face paint over masks.

 

 

District Office

5533 N. Broadway • Chicago, IL 60640

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

 

Springfield Office

122 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-8492 (Phone)

 

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5533 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
Office: 773-769-1717
Fax: 773-769-6901

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301 S. Second St.
Springfield, IL 62706
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