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Dear neighbor –

I hope you and your loved ones all had a healthy, happy holiday season. With the new year upon us, I wanted to make sure you had resources you might need to stay well while the pandemic continues around us.

I know you’ve heard it a million times by now, but if you are eligible, please get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. While the omicron variant seems to be more transmissible than previous variants, the vaccine can help prevent severe illness, hospitalization or death. 

Below, you will find additional resources on rental and utility assistance, ACA health insurance and more.

Additionally, the 20th District office will be closed to the public until at least Jan. 18 while COVID-19 cases are on the rise. However, 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


State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas | 20th District


COVID-19 booster now available 5 months after vaccination

The Illinois Department of Public Health recently updated their guidance by adopting the CDC recommendations for Pfizer boosters at five months rather than six months after vaccination. It’s not too late to get your first vaccine, either. Come out to a free vaccine event this Saturday, Jan. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3007 W. Irving Park Road for boosters, first or second doses, and flu shots.

Rental assistance application closes Jan. 9

The Illinois Rental Payment Program provides financial assistance for rent up to $25,000 to income-eligible Illinois renters and their landlords who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Both renters and landlords can apply until Sunday, Jan. 9. Learn more about the program and how to start your application at

Energy assistance and more still available

Residents of Illinois can request financial assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Community Services Block Grant program and other programs. Learn more about the assistance programs and how to apply at

The ACA Health Insurance Marketplace closes soon

Don’t forget to review and compare your health plan options through the ACA Health Insurance Marketplace before you choose or renew for 2022. Free assistance is available to help you enroll and you may qualify for financial help. Enroll by Jan. 15. Visit:

 Job Opportunities

CPS is hiring in schools across Chicago. Check out their job search website for a job that might be the right fit for you:

Upcoming Events

North River Co-Location meetings and hearing

Chicago Public Schools will be hosting two virtual community meetings and a virtual public hearing to inform and listen to community members regarding the co-location of North River Elementary School in Albany Park with the neighboring ASPIRA-Haugan Charter Middle School.

Registration will be required, and registration links will be provided 24 hours prior to the meetings. Follow my Facebook or Twitter page for registration links prior to the events. 

Community Meeting No. 1

Tuesday, Jan. 11 – 6-7:30 p.m.

Community Meeting No. 2

Thursday, Jan. 13 – 6-7:30 p.m.

Public Hearing

Wednesday, Jan. 19 – 5-6:30 p.m.

Blood Drive on Monday, Jan. 10

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Office Information

Springfield Office:
M120 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8191
District Office:
3140 W. Montrose
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 278-2020