Here is information on upcoming events in our community.
CTA Red and Purple Modernization Phase One Projects Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) in February 2012 hosted an open house meeting to discuss the proposed Red and Purple Modernization Project. Since then CTA has been evaluating the benefits and potential impacts of the RPM improvements and has announced the proposed first phase of RPM improvements which will include two components: Modernization of Lawrence to Bryn Mawr and the Red-Purple Bypass. CTA will hold open houses on each of these components.
Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Open House Wednesday, May 21, 2014 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Truman Community College 1145 W. Wilson Avenue
Red-Purple Bypass Open House Thursday, May 22, 2014 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 19th District Police Department 850 W. Addison Street
Sincerely,Senator Heather Steans7th District – Illinois
5533 N. Broadway • Chicago, IL 60640
773-769-1717 (Phone) • 773-769-6901 (Fax)
M120 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706
As we celebrate Earth Day I want to highlight opportunities we have to create a sustainable environment for future generations. Illinois has the most green-certified buildings. Chicago leads the nation with the most roof top gardens. Increasingly, Chicagoans are becoming more sustainable in their choice of transportation and business enterprises.
Yet there is still much to do. Recently, I learned that the exfoliating “microbeads” found in many facial cleansers, soaps, toothpastes and other products are actually made of non-biodegradable plastic. They’re so tiny that millions of them each year make it past sewage treatment systems and into bodies of water, including Lake Michigan, where fish and other animals can ingest them. Environmental research groups that care about the Great Lakes are measuring the concentration of microbeads in the lakes and studying their potential effects on aquatic life.
Illinois is poised to become the first state in the nation to ban microbeads. Legislation I introduced will ban the manufacture of products containing microbeads by 2017 and their sale by 2018. Senate Bill 2727 has already passed in the Senate and is ready to be considered in the House. Companies that produce cosmetics containing microbeads even support this bill and plan to transition to natural exfoliants, such as ground almonds and pumice, in the near future. If you want to avoid using microbeads now, check ingredient lists for “polyethylene” or “polypropylene,” chemical names for the plastic spheres.
Last week, supporters of the microbead ban held a press conference on the beautiful Lakeside Terrace at Shedd Aquarium. I am grateful to the Illinois Environmental Council as well as Shedd, the Alliance for the Great Lakes and the Personal Care Products Council for working with me to make this common sense piece of legislation a reality.
This Saturday, there are many opportunities to help protect our environment and contribute to a healthy, sustainable future. Please join me at 1245 W. Devon at 9:30 am to beautify planters on Devon. Other opportunities are listed below.
Lincoln Square Neighbors North 3rd Annual Spring Clean-Up Event Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:00AM - 12:00PM 4874 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL The Lincoln Square Neighbors North require no registration to volunteer for their Spring Clean-Up event! Join your friends and neighbors for some fun and socializing while beautifying our great neighborhood! Please visit website for more information by clicking HERE.
Touhy Park Tree-mulching, park beautifying, face painting, and refreshments 7348 N. Paulina 11 am – 1 pm Click here for information
Sponsor Steans hopes to help small businesses get started
SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago 7th) secured Senate passage today of legislation that will reduce Illinois’ filing fee for establishing a limited liability company to $39 – the lowest in the nation. The current fee in Illinois is $500.
“Small businesses are powerful engines of economic growth in our state, employing 48 percent of the private-sector workforce,” Steans said. “Anything we can do to make it easier and less expensive to start a new business is a boon to entrepreneurs, job seekers and the entire economy.”
SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago 7th) issued the following statement after hearing the governor’s budget proposals:
"I believe strongly that we must not balance our budget on the backs of our state’s most vulnerable — children with special needs, the physically and mentally disabled and seniors needing in-home care. So I support Governor Quinn’s plan to make the income tax increase permanent.
I also support his call for property tax relief, which will help middle-class families and seniors on fixed incomes. We must continue to reduce spending, starting with cutting our state’s excessive layers of government. And we must pay off all backlogged bills and provide stability and predictability. But we cannot abandon our people who need help and have nowhere else to turn."
District Office 5533 N. Broadway Chicago, IL 60640 Office: 773-769-1717 Fax: 773-769-6901
Springfield Office 623 Capitol Building 301 S. Second St. Springfield, IL 62706 Office: 217-782-8492