Dear neighbor,

As the seasons change, many folks may face new challenges with staying warm, or may start looking for more ways to get involved in the policymaking decisions that impact their community. I am happy to share resources with you all that provide some financial assistance – including a guaranteed income pilot through Cook County—as well as information on how you can connect with my office to make your voice heard on important issues, such as violence prevention, environmental concerns, and education.

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


Policy Roundtable Kickoff

The people closest to the problems are the ones who often have the best solutions. Unfortunately, those who end up living with policy decisions set by government rarely have a seat at the table. My Senate office is committed to creating spaces for the people of the 20th legislative district to be at the table--and have been able to do so with our Policy Roundtable program.

Our Policy Roundtables--a group of constituents who meet to define policy priorities and even co-author legislation—began meeting again this month via Zoom. If you have ideas for future government policies regarding violence prevention, the environment, housing, education, health, or small business and the workforce, I encourage you to attend. For more information, click here.

Cook County Promise Guaranteed Income Pilot

The Cook County Promise Guaranteed Income Pilot will provide $500 monthly cash payments to 3,250 Cook County residents for 24 months.

You are eligible to apply if:

* You are aged 18 or older;

* A resident of Cook County;

* Your household income is at or below 250% of the federal poverty level or less; and

* Neither you nor anyone else in your household are receiving funds from another guaranteed income pilot. This includes the City of Chicago’s Resilient Communities pilot.

You are eligible to apply regardless of immigration status, housing status, or employment status.

The deadline to apply is October 21st! For more information, visit http://www.engagecookcounty.com/promise for more information.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

As the weather gets cooler it is important that families have the help they need. #LIHEAP is offering energy bill assistance to families that may qualify from September 1-May 31, 2023. Find out if you are eligible and apply today by visiting helpillinoisfamilies.com

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.

Upcoming Events

  • Khepri Café’s Halloween Bash – October 29 at 11 AM
  • Fall Health Fair – November 5th from 9 AM - 12 PM, Kosciuszko (Thadeuz) Park
  • Early Childhood Resource Fair – November 12 from 11 AM - 2 PM, McCormick YMCA

What I’ve Been Up To

Check out what I’ve been up to in the district recently – including honoring the contributions of Gertrud Kolmar at the rededication of a local park, securing reproductive justice by raising funds for with the Chicago Abortion Fund and writing postcards to send to neighboring states, activating the The Puerto Rican Agenda’s campaign, 3Rs for Puerto Rico: Rescue, Relief, Rebuild to address immediate impact of Hurricane Fiona and long term issues with Puerto Rico’s colonial status, hosting a Town Hall with Sen. Aquino on the SAFE-T Act, and welcoming neighbors into my District Office at our open house!

Click here for more information: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorPacioneZayas/posts/488139743326669

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