Senator Steans

5/21/14

Dear Friends,

 

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

 

Click here to access the RPM Modernization website and please contact CTA with any comments at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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

M120 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-8492 (Phone)

 

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Senator Steans

4/22/14

Dear Friends,

 

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.

 

Sen. Steans at a press conference about microbeadsLast 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.

 

46th Ward Events
46th Ward Clean & Green
Saturday April 26 2:00PM - 6:00PM
4544 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
Join the 46th ward in cleaning up the neighborhood and planting trees in the areas in need of green to compliment Earth Day! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 773-878-4646 For more information visit the website by clicking HERE.

 

47th Ward Events
47th Ward Clean & Green Recycling Event
Saturday, April 26 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
47th Ward Streets & Sanitation, 5333 N. Western, Chicago, IL
There will be two projects in the 47th Ward:

Project 1 - Join the 47th ward neighbors as they help beautify, clean up and improve our corner of the city. The 47th ward will be painting the bottom of the poles that have stickers or grafiiti, ready corners for spring planting and clearing drains, helping older adults to clear out their yards and garages, and manning a collection site for electronic recycling.

Project 2 - The 47th ward will also be recycling litter thrughout the neighborhod and will be accepting old books. Please let Dara from the 47th Ward Office know by April 19th what projects you would like to undertake and Streets and Sanitation can provide brooms, shovels, rakes, bags, and extra volunteers.

Please contact Dara at 773-868-4747 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. For more information on either of the projects listed above please click HERE.

 

48th Ward Events
48th Ward Clean and Green Volunteer Day
Saturday, April 26 9:00 AM - 1:00PM
48th Ward Streets & Sanitation Yard 5853 N Broadway
Come celebrate Earth Day and our community with the 48th Ward, Loyola University of Chicago and the Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project (EESP)! We will sweep, paint and plant our way throughout the 48th ward and improve schools, gardens, parks, and storefronts. After, we will celebrate at the Streets and Sanitation yard with a free barbecue and refreshments.
Volunteers can sign up by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 773-784-5277. For more information check out the website by clicking HERE.

 

49th Ward Events
49th Ward Spring Clean-Up and Participatory Budgeting Early Voting
Saturday, April 26, 2014 9:00 AM
49th Ward Service office 7356 N. Greenview
Come out and help beautify the community and vote early for your favorite projects on the ballot for PB49. Stay and then join us for the “Taste of Rogers Park” that follows! For additional information, contact us at 773-338-5796 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also visit the website by clicking HERE.

 

Touhy Park
Tree-mulching, park beautifying, face painting, and refreshments
7348 N. Paulina
11 am – 1 pm
Click here for information

 

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

M120 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-8492 (Phone)

 

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Sponsor Steans hopes to help small businesses get started

opensignRSPRINGFIELD – 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.”

032014 js 0403RSPRINGFIELD – 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."

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Chicago, IL 60640
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