September 18, 2015
Fall is in the air, and I'm excited to tell you about some upcoming events I'm sponsoring in our community.
Please keep reading for information on Apple Fest, the Glenwood Sunday Market, the Edgewater Fall Art Fair, GRalley, an opportunity to have your pet microchipped and a town hall meeting on digital safety.
As always, feel free to contact me at (773) 769-1717 with any questions or concerns about legislation or what's happening in our community.
Sincerely,Senator Heather Steans7th District – Illinois
Pet Extravaganza in Pottawattomie Park
Ald. Joe Moore, Rep. Kelly Cassidy, the City of Chicago Dept. of Animal Care and Control and I will sponsor Sunday's Pet Extravaganza. This Sunday, Sept. 20, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Paw-ttawattomie Dog Park in Pottawattomie Park (7340 N. Rogers), bring your pet for a free goody bag and other giveaways. For the first 100 pets, microchipping and chip registration are free. After that, the charge will be $15 per pet. City of Chicago dog registrations and vaccinations will also be available for a fee. All fees must be paid in cash, and all pets must be leashed.
I hope to see you there with the furry members of your family!
Also on Sunday, I will host a table from 10:30 to 12:30 at the Glenwood Sunday Market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on southbound Glenwood Ave. between Morse and Lunt on the west side of the CTA tracks.
It's Apple Fest time
Fall is here, and that means pumpkin, squash and APPLES. The Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce celebrate apples on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during Apple Fest, a 28-year Lincoln Square tradition.
Come to the 4700 block of N. Lincoln Ave., between W. Leland and W. Lawrence, for food, spices, gifts and informational booths. Of course, you'll have the opportunity to purchase just about anything apple, from apple pies and cider to candy apples and apple pizza, not to mention fresh apples by the bushel.
I'll be sponsoring activities for the kids, so please look for our kids' table and stop by to enjoy fall with your family.
Edgewater Fall Art Fair
On Sept. 26 and 27, I'm proud to sponsor the third annual Edgewater Fall Art Fair. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day of the festival, attend one of Chicago's premier artistic events, and enjoy the work of 120 Chicago-based artists in a wide variety of media.
You'll also find live music - jazz, country, jazz, choral and more - on three stages, an activity corner for the kids, food and craft beer, a young artists' gallery, theatrical performances and even a pet parade. Click here for more information.
Tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 19) from noon to 10 p.m., join me for GRalley, a festival at Granville and Glenwood Avenues sponsored by St. Gertrude's. Enjoy live music and entertainment, a pie contest and a chili cookoff. It's fall fun for the whole family.
Save the Date - Digital safety forum
On Tuesday, Oct. 27, Rep. Greg Harris and I will host a town hall meeting on digital safety. Stay tuned for more details on this important informational event.
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July 24, 2015
Please be aware of an upcoming event in our district. The "Sponsor-a-Student" event is a partnership with Care for Real - Edgewater's food and clothing pantry, Hamdard Center, Howard Area Community Center, Housing Opportunities for Women and Family Matters to provide school supplies for children in Rogers Park, Edgewater, and Uptown. For all of the event's detailed information, including all drop off locations, you may download the event's flyer here.
As always, please contact me with your questions and concerns through my website or by calling (773) 769-1717 .
June 2, 2015
I'm sure you are disappointed, as I am, that Governor Rauner and the General Assembly were unable to come to agreement on a new state budget by the target date of May 31. Governor Rauner has promised a "long, hot summer," which many believe will be stoked by a TV and mail advertising campaign bankrolled by the Governor's $34 million in campaign funds.
I don't believe this is what the people of Illinois want or deserve from their elected leaders. And I believe there's a better path.
First, let me quickly review how we arrived at this point:
Democrats in the General Assembly passed a budget for next year that included moderate cuts in spending on top of the many cuts we have already made. We rejected the draconian cuts that Governor Rauner proposed, which would have cut the heart out of many programs geared to help the most vulnerable Illinoisans - from the physically and mentally challenged to seniors trying to live independently to single parents working to support their children through pre-school and childcare. You can click here to compare the Governor's proposed FY16 budget to the General Assembly's budget.
I believe that a fair and workable solution to the state's budget problems should involve a mix of moderate cuts in spending and a moderate increase in revenues - something that Governor Rauner himself has acknowledged. That revenue gap could be filled through a combination of steps that might include closing existing tax loopholes for corporations, adjusting the sales tax to better reflect our service-based economy, restoring some portion of the income tax increase that expired last year and taxing the retirement income of the state's wealthier residents.
Unfortunately, Governor Rauner has refused to consider these or other measures to resolve the budget crisis unless the General Assembly passes his so-called Turnaround Agenda. As a result, budget negotiations have broken down - although both the House and Senate will remain in session in hopes that an agreement can be reached.
I believe Governor Rauner's proposals deserve consideration. In fact, I have supported some of them in the past, such as redistricting reform. But his proposals to further restrict workers' compensation, put limits on damage awards in legal cases and freeze property taxes for municipalities and school districts across our state are complicated issues that would affect millions of working families. By insisting that the General Assembly accept this agenda as a precondition for negotiating a budget, Governor Rauner is demonstrating a "my way or the highway" approach to government that makes compromise difficult. And launching a summer ad campaign, funded by a handful of billionaires, to vilify his opponents will only make the situation worse.
I am eager to work with Governor Rauner and my Republican colleagues in Springfield to address our fiscal problems and put our budget in balance. That's been my record in office on things like Medicaid reform, and it's the only way to get things done.
I cannot, however, accept cuts to our budget that threaten basic healthcare and human services for the neediest among us or that severely underfund the public education our children need and deserve.
I hope that Governor Rauner will reconsider his approach to the budget and re-engage in negotiations to find a reasonable compromise that protects our most vulnerable residents. And I hope that he won't continue to hold those negotiations hostage to his insistence that we fully embrace his so-called turnaround agenda, which could have very serious consequences for millions of middle-class families across Illinois.
As always, I welcome your thoughts and comments. I will keep you updated on developments in this important debate. I will convene a town hall shortly to provide an opportunity to discuss the budget and the current impasse as well.
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