Senator Steans

January 10, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

Today the Illinois State Senate approved legislation that I sponsored to require testing water sources in schools and daycares for lead. This is a huge step forward in protecting children from the negative effects of lead exposure.

 

Lead exposure is a serious issue that can cause developmental delays and learning disabilities. We need to proactively tackle the issue of lead exposure in schools and arm parents with information so that they are not blindsided as many were in Flint, Michigan. That’s exactly what this legislation does.

 

Senate Bill 550 requires schools and daycares constructed before 2000 that are used by students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade to test drinking water and water used for food preparation for lead. If samples exceed 5 parts per billion of lead, the school district is required to notify parents and legal guardians. To help schools pay for the cost of lead testing and any possible repairs, they will be able to use funds from the Fire Prevention and Safety Fund.

 

Additionally, water suppliers are required to inventory all materials that they use in their service lines. If there is any maintenance work on water mains or lead services lines, water suppliers must provide notice to affected residents.

 

It is my hope that parents will be able to rest a little easier knowing that they will now be informed if the water in their children’s schools is contaminated by lead.

 

This legislation passed both chambers and heads to the governor’s desk for approval. It will take effect immediately once it is signed.

 

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

 

 

 

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fountainFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 10, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – Elementary children and daycare attendees will now be better protected from lead exposure under legislation sponsored by State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago). Senate Bill 550, which requires testing water sources in schools and daycares for lead, passed the Senate today.

“Lead exposure in children is a serious issue that can cause developmental delays and learning disabilities,” Steans said. “We need to proactively tackle the issue of lead exposure in schools and arm parents with information. That’s exactly what this legislation does.”

Senate Bill 550 requires schools and daycares constructed before 2000 that are used by students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade to test drinking water and water used for food preparation for lead. If samples exceed 5 parts per billion of lead, the school district is required to notify parents and legal guardians.

“I hope that parents will be able to rest a little easier knowing that they will now be informed if the water in their children’s schools is contaminated by lead,” Steans said. “I encourage the governor to sign this bill as soon as it reaches his desk.”

Both the House and the Senate have approved SB 550, which will take effect immediately when signed by the governor.

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Senator Steans

January 6, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

As many of you may have heard, the Chicago Police Department is seeking to hire nearly 1,000 police officers as a part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s public safety reform. I encourage interested community members who are 18 and older to apply by Jan. 31 for the police entry exam.

 

The application is free and can be completed on a smart phone, computer or with the help of navigators at libraries and workforce centers across the city. The police entry exam will be given in early April.

 

Please see below for a list of upcoming events where Chicago police officers and human resources staff will be available to answer questions and assist residents with their applications. The first event is Saturday, Jan. 7 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at 1000 E. 87th St. There will be two Training Academy open houses on Jan. 14 and Jan. 28. Additionally, staff are available to answer questions about the application on social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

To learn more about these opportunities and to apply, click here.

 

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

 

 

Upcoming Chicago Police Department recruitment events

 

WVON - New Year, New Career!WVON Legacy Room CPD Recruitment Event
Saturday, Jan. 7
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
1000 E. 87th St.

 

Lakeview recruitment event
Wednesday, Jan. 11
1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St.

 

Training Academy open house
Saturday, Jan. 14
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
1300 W. Jackson Blvd.

 

Austin recruitment event
Monday, Jan. 16
Noon - 4 p.m.
By The Hand Club, 415 N. Laramie St.

 

Training Academy open house
Saturday, Jan. 28
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
1300 W. Jackson Blvd.

 

 

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 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

 

 

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217-782-8492 (Phone)

 

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