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Dear friend,

School is out and warmer weather is upon us. As we enter into summer, I want to make sure you have the resources you need to keep you and your family safe and healthy. Additionally, June is Pride Month—a time for us to lift up the joy, brilliance and contributions of our LGBTQIA siblings and honor them by continuing to fight for inclusion and equity for all.

Make sure to read on for job opportunities, summer program ideas for children and teens 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


We’re putting all of this week’s featured resource in one, easily-accessible webpage, which can be found here. Featured resources include:

  • Chicago Public Schools LGBTQ+ support services
  • Summer camps and programs for students of all ages
  • Illinois Department of Human Services information on accessing baby formula
  • Where to get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster in Chicago

 

Check out my recently-added 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.

In the District

Throughout April and May, I attended many events throughout the 20th District and beyond. From high school graduations to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a new affordable housing complex, I was honored to be a part of so many exciting happenings throughout the city. See a few of the events below and visit my website for pictures of additional events I’ve attended.

Last month, State Rep. Will Guzzardi and I visited two local assisted living homes to play bingo and chat with older residents. Read more about our visits here.

 

Felicitaciones a Brentano Elementary School for an amazing Dia deal Niño celebration organized by the all mighty Parent Mentor Program!

Humboldt Park Health recently broke ground on a new Wellness Center. This facility will be a cornerstone in our community and provide fitness facilities, nutritional classes and more to residents across the area. Read more about the facility here.

 

Legislative Update

Higher education measures recently signed into law

Two measures I sponsored in the Senate this year were recently signed by the governor. First, we are bringing benefits navigators to public university and community college campuses to help students access on-campus, local, state and federal benefits. Read more here.

SB 3991 was also recently signed into law. This law will not only allow for additional deposits in a Children’s Savings Account for students from financially unstable households, it will also help us understand who is taking advantage of the program and allow us to target outreach to families who might not be aware of it. Read more about the new law here and stay tuned for more information on Children’s Savings Account soon!

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 22: Flavors of Albany Park

Celebrate the rich diversity of cultures and cuisines in Albany Park by attending this year’s Flavors of Albany Park Restaurant Crawl! Purchase tickets here.

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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