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Dear friend,

On September 18, the entire island of Puerto Rico has lost power when Hurricane Fiona hit, bringing violent winds, heavy rain, catastrophic flooding and landslides to the island. LUMA Energy, the main source of power on Puerto Rico, has stated it will take days to get the power back up to all residents. This is deeply concerning, as many folks on the island will not have access to food, water, basic sanitation needs, and their ability to connect to family or work for as long as they are without power.

The basic needs of Puerto Ricans, such as access to power or supplies, have historically been overlooked and ignored, leading to unnecessarily long periods of recovery, resulting in economic stagnation and widespread health and safety concerns for residents. I am working with the Puerto Rican Agenda of Chicago to provide immediate assistance to folks on the island, as well as advocate for long-term infrastructure changes. Read more for opportunities to provide relief to Puerto Ricans.  

Additionally, in the past month, many folks have reached out to my office asking for more information about their tax rebates, and with questions about the SAFE-T act after graphics with disinformation were spread on social media. I am happy to address these questions for you all. Read on to find out if you qualify for up to $600 in tax rebates, to learn what the SAFE-T act will actually do, my upcoming town hall, and the importance of making the criminal legal system hold wealthy criminals accountable, and more.

As always, feel free reach out to my office for assistance by calling 773-278-2020, sending a text message to 773-207-7838, or sending us a note at www.senatorpacionezayas.com/contact-us.

Sincerely,

State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas | 20th District

Puerto Rico Relief Efforts – Puerto Rican Agenda of Chicago

The Puerto Rican Agenda stands ready to re-energize the 3Rs for Puerto Rico: Rescue, Relief, Rebuild campaign to provide the same form of collective solidarity to our friends and family who have been impacted by Hurricane Fiona. Donate to the campaign by making an online contribution HERE.

For more information on the Agenda’s work and goals, click here: https://www.puertoricanchicago.org/3rs-for-puerto-rico-faqs

Tax Rebate Information

Chances are you are one of the millions of Illinoisans set to receive direct financial relief as part of the Illinois Family Relief Plan I was proud to support during the spring legislative session.

Good news: Rebates are expected to hit bank accounts starting the week of Sept. 12.

If you filed 2021 Illinois taxes, you may be eligible to receive up to $700! Individual filers who make less than $200,000 will receive a $50 income tax rebate, and couples who make less than $400,000 will receive $100. Filers are also eligible for $100 per dependent, with a maximum of three. 

Additionally, if you paid property taxes in 2021 on your primary residence in 2020 – and you make less than $250,000 individually or $500,000 jointing – you are eligible for up to $300. Your rebate will be equal to the property tax you were qualified to claim on your 2021 taxes.

If you filed taxes you will automatically receive your rebate – otherwise you have until Oct. 17 to do so.

For more information on how the funds will be dispersed or to see if you qualify visit tax.illinois.gov/rebates.

To check the status of your rebate, click here and select “Where’s My Rebate?” You will need to have your IL-PIN number to check the status. To find your IL-PIN number, click here and select “IL-PIN Inquiry.”

SAFE-T Act Update

There is a lot of disinformation going around about the SAFE-T act right now. To set the record straight, this law is designed to make sure people with a lot of money can’t buy their way out of jail after committing serious crimes like rape or murder, and give folks who committed minor offenses and do not pose a risk to others the opportunity to be released, regardless of their access to money.

If you have more questions about the SAFE-T Act, consider attending my upcoming town hall on the bill. The town hall will be held virtually on Monday, October 3rd from 6-7:30 p.m. To pre-register, click here: https://bit.ly/20SAFE-T

Job Opportunities in and around the 20th District

Check out my webpage featuring a list of job opportunities in Chicago and the 20th District. There, you can find links to jobs with the State of Illinois, Chicago Public Schools, local organizations and more.

What I’ve Been Up To

Check out my latest district activities and media interviews explaining how we are supporting community safety and the residents of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona! Click here for more information:

Upcoming Events

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Estimado amigo,

El 18 de septiembre toda la isla de Puerto Rico se quedó sin energía eléctrica con la llegada del huracán Fiona que trajo vientos violentos, lluvias torrenciales, inundaciones catastróficas y deslaves. LUMA Energy, el proveedor más importante de energía de Puerto Rico, ha dicho que tomará días restaurar el servicio a todos los residentes. Esto es muy preocupante pues mucha gente no tendrá acceso a comida, agua, necesidades sanitarias básicas, o poder comunicarse con su familia o su lugar de trabajo.

Las necesidades básicas de los puertorriqueños, como el acceso a insumos y energía, ha sido ignorado históricamente, provocando periodos muy largos e innecesarios para la recuperación, que han dado como resultado parálisis económica, problemas de salud y de inseguridad para los residentes. Estoy trabajando con the Puerto Rican Agenda of Chicago para poder ofrecer asistencia inmediata a la gente de la isla, así como para impulsar cambios de infraestructura de largo plazo. Lea para enterarse sobre oportunidades para ofrecer ayuda a los puertorriqueños.

Adicionalmente, el mes pasado, muchas personas se dirigieron a mi oficina preguntando sobre la devolución de impuestos, y con preguntas acerca de la ley SAFE-T Act., luego de que gráficos con desinformación fueron distribuidos en las redes sociales. Con gusto contesto a sus preguntas. Lea para saber si usted califica para recibir la devolución de impuestos de hasta $600, para más información sobre en qué consiste la ley SAFE-T Act., mi próxima junta comunitaria, y la relevancia del por qué el sistema de justicia debe ejercer rendición de cuentas sobre los delincuentes y más.

Como siempre, siéntase en libertad de comunicarse con mi oficina si necesita ayuda llamando al 773-278-2020, enviando un mensaje de texto al 773-207-7838, o mandando una nota a través de www.senatorpacionezayas.com/contact-us.

   

Sinceramente,

Senadora Estatal Cristina Pacione-Zayas | Distrito 20

 


 

 

Esfuerzos de ayuda para Puerto Rico – Puerto Rican Agenda of Chicago

La Puerto Rican Agenda se reporta lista para colaborar en lo siguiente en Puerto Rico: Rescate, y en una campaña de reconstrucción para ofrecer la misma forma de solidaridad colectiva a nuestros amigos y familiares impactados por el huracán Fiona. Haga una contribución a esta campaña en línea aquí.

Para más información sobre la Agenda, su trabajo y objetivos, dé clic aquí.   

Información sobre la devolución de impuestos

Es muy probable que usted esté entre los millones de residentes de Illinois que recibirán alivio financiero como parte del Plan de Alivio Familiar de Illinois, que tuve el orgullo de patrocinar durante la sesión legislativa de primavera.

Buenas noticias: Las devoluciones comenzarán a llegar a las cuentas bancarias a partir del 12 de septiembre.

Si usted presentó su declaración de impuestos de 2021, podría ser elegible a recibir hasta $700. Quienes presentan la declaración de forma individual y ganan menos de $200,000 recibirán $50 de devolución de impuestos, y las parejas que ganan menos de $400,000 recibirán $100. También podrán recibir $100 por cada dependiente con un máximo de tres.

Además, si usted pagó impuestos a la propiedad en 2021 sobre su residencia primaria en 2020 -y gana menos de $250,000 individualmente, o $500,000 de forma conjunta, usted es elegible a recibir hasta $300.

Si presentó su declaración de impuestos recibirá automáticamente la devolución -o tendrá hasta el 17 de octubre para obtenerla.

Para más información sobre cómo serán distribuidos los fondos o para ver si usted califica dé clic aquí.

Para revisar el estatus de su devolución dé clic aquí y seleccione ¿Dónde está mi devolución? Deberá tener a la mano su número IL-PIN para ver su estatus. Para saber más sobre su número IL-PIN, dé clic aquí y seleccione “IL-PIN Inquiry”.

Actualización sobre la ley SAFE-T Act.

Hay mucha desinformación sobre la ley SAFE-T Act. Para dejar las cosas claras, esta ley tiene como objetivo que la gente que tiene dinero no pueda “comprar” su salida de la cárcel luego de cometer delitos serios como violación o asesinato, y para otorgar a las personas que cometieron infracciones menores y que no representan un riesgo para otros la oportunidad de ser liberados, independientemente de si tienen dinero o no.

Si tiene más preguntas sobre la ley SAFE-T Act., considere asistir a mi próxima junta comunitaria sobre esta legislación. La junta será virtual el lunes 3 de octubre de 6-7 p.m. Para pre registrarse, dé clic aquí.

Oportunidades de trabajo en el Distrito 20 y más allá

Revise mi página de internet donde se destacan oportunidades de empleo en Chicago y en el Distrito 20. Ahí, usted encontrará enlaces a empleos con el Estado de Illinois, las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago, organizaciones locales y más.

¿Qué he estado haciendo?

Revise mis actividades recientes en el distrito y entrevistas en los medios donde explico cómo estamos apoyando la seguridad en nuestras comunidades y a los residentes de Puerto Rico tras el paso del huracán Fiona. Dé clic aquí para más información.

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puertoricanagendachicagophotoCHICAGO – State Senator Cristina H. Pacione-Zayas and State Senator Omar Aquino joined leaders this morning to demand a swift and meaningful response from the federal government to Hurricane Fiona and to call attention to the structural inequities that leave Puerto Rico vulnerable to catastrophic destruction in the aftermath of disasters fueled by climate change.

“The health and safety of Puerto Ricans cannot continue to be ignored by those with power to assign significant resources,” said Senator Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago). “Five years after our pleas were ignored following Hurricane Maria, we cannot standby idly for the federal government to mobilize and act with urgency while our community is in crisis. Instead, we take action today to provide immediate relief to households in Puerto Rico, and to publicly demand that the government take concrete steps to for long-term recovery on the island to rebuild a more resilient Puerto Rico using sustainable energy sources.

On September 18, the entire island of Puerto Rico lost power when Hurricane Fiona hit, bringing violent winds, heavy rain, catastrophic flooding and landslides to the island. In many areas, rainfall and flooding greatly exceeded that of Hurricane Maria, causing many to lose everything. LUMA Energy, the main source of power on Puerto Rico, stated it will take days to get the power back up to all residents but unfortunately they have not provided consistent service since the beginning of their contract. This is deeply troubling for members of the Puerto Rican diaspora, as many folks on the island will not have access to food, water, basic sanitation needs, and their ability to connect to family or work for as long as they are without power.

The foundational needs of Puerto Ricans, such as power, clean water, or supplies, have historically been overlooked, leading to unnecessarily long periods of recovery. Whether preparing for, responding to, or disbursing funds to rebuild after a hurricane, the federal government has historically prolonged its initiatives to provide relief that is desperately needed and, in many cases, resulted in the loss of human life and widespread health and safety concerns for residents.

Hurricane Fiona has come at the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, which added to the existing physical and economic devastation on the island. Despite immediate aid from the Puerto Rican Agenda, thousands of people in Puerto Rico have not yet recovered from Maria, living in damaged homes or under blue tarps. Remembering the difficulties they faced five years ago, many folks in Puerto Rico are fearful not only of their safety during the storm, but for the recovery period that will likely be drawn out unless there is a more efficient and prioritized federal response. 

“Myself and so many in my community are devastated as we see the damage and injuries facing Puerto Ricans,” said Aquino (D-Chicago). “Today, we are calling on government leaders to take a firm stand in support of Puerto Ricans, and to work with local community leaders on the next steps towards recovery and infrastructure repair.”

Today we stand with The Puerto Rican Agenda of Chicago in demanding an effective and prioritized response from the federal government that will not only provide immediate relief for residents, but also address the lingering structural, governmental obstacles that undermine Puerto Rico’s ability to recover and rebound from the adverse impact of climate change. For more information on their goals, click here.

Category: Press Releases

It has been a very eventful month! From school starting back up, district events, and attending a conference on Early Childhood Education, it has been great to be out in the community and learning new ideas from my colleagues and constituents that I can’t wait to take action on in the upcoming veto session.

Read on for some upcoming district events, job and scholarship opportunities, and to hear about what I’ve been up to in the district and beyond! 

As always, feel free reach out to my office for assistance by calling 773-278-2020, sending a text message to 773-207-7838, or sending us a note at www.senatorpacionezayas.com/contact-us.

Sincerely,

State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas | 20th District

Response to immigrants arriving in Chicago from Texas and Gov. Abbott’s inhumane actions

On August 31st, a group of immigrants from Venezuela arrived in Chicago after they were “shipped out” on buses by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

I am proud that my state, Illinois, and my city, Chicago, continue to be the most welcoming places in the nation to our immigrant siblings. We welcome the newcomers as we work to deploy resources to support them in both the immediate and long term.

My community already took action. Chicago is the soul of our nation, a place built by the strength and contributions of people from all corners of the globe. A temporary shelter was staffed through the night by trusted partners including Rincon Family Services, Family Focus, and Onward Neighborhood House who support immigrants year-round through state funded Welcoming Centers. Many other local partners are mobilizing to ensure we can offer resources they need to settle and thrive in our community.

Also, I condemn Abbott’s lack of humanity with his approach to immigration. Our actions and/or the lack thereof reflect upon one’s character. The Governor of Texas has clearly failed this test.

Instead of using refugees as political pawns, our city and state choose to respond to our challenges with compassion and humanity, not cruelty. I commit to working with my colleagues to create opportunities for the new residents of Illinois ensuring prosperity is accessible to all people.

Job Opportunities + Resources

Check out my webpage featuring a list of job opportunities in Chicago and the 20th District. There, you can find links to jobs with the State of Illinois, Chicago Public Schools, local organizations and more.

Scholarship Opportunities 

District Events

Spotlight on federal student loan forgiveness

At the end of August, President Biden announced his plan to address student debt, which includes cutting monthly payments in half for undergraduate loans, modifying the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program to provide credit to borrowers who have worked at a nonprofit, military, or in federal, state, tribal, or local government, and protecting future students by reducing the cost of college.

As someone who is still paying back student loans, I know firsthand the challenges of balancing supporting a family and saving for the future when you have student debt.  I am thrilled that some relief is on the way, especially for folks with limited access to economic resources .Read my full statement on the federal student loan forgiveness plan here: https://senatorpacionezayas.com/news/news-2/239-senator-pacione-zayas-celebrates-federal-student-loan-forgiveness-plan?fbclid=IwAR20o4LFDbl3p5haftJ-tOpaJFqVMr420twj8Vmx1N6GDjV8JqAzqH6yNKk

What I’ve been up to

I have had an amazing time at the end of August hosting a healthcare enrollment event aimed at providing coverage to undocumented residents, standing with tenants in support of the Keep Illinois Home Act, and attending the Early Childhood Education Conference to learn from lawmakers and academics across the country! Check out photos and details from these events here:

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