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Dear Friends,

Summer is in full swing and the intensity of the pandemic is beginning to turn the corner – yet there’s no doubt some people are still struggling to make ends meet. I’m here to help. Keep reading to learn about financial assistance for rent and children as well as some updates on the upcoming school year and events.

You can also always get the latest by following me Facebook and Twitter, and as always you can reach out to my office at 773-278-2020 or on my website.


Cristina Pacione-Zayas, State Senator | 20th District

Last Chance to apply for Illinois Rental Payment Program


Sunday, July 18 is the last day to apply for the Illinois Rental Payment Program. ILRPP is an emergency rental assistance program designed to support households in Illinois that are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the tenant-led portion of the application is now open. You could be eligible to receive up to $25,000 in rental assistance regardless of immigration status, and the grant is not considered a “public charge” benefit.

Get more information and fill out the application on the Illinois Housing Development Authority website.

Federal Child Tax Credit to hit bank accounts soon

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Starting Thursday, July 15, the IRS will start depositing payments into bank accounts of those who have children and filed taxes in 2019 and 2020. Payments will range from $2,000 to $3,600 per child, with half the payments coming in the form of automatic monthly deposits.

If you did not file taxes in 2019 or 2020, you are still eligible to receive these payments by utilizing the Non-Filer Sign Up. Those with ITINs are also eligible for these payments.

You can get more information on the Child Tax Credit at

Chicago Public Schools Virtual Academy for medically fragile students


While many students plan to return to school five days a week, we anticipate that a small subset of children will need to continue remote learning based on medical needs verified by a healthcare provider. To support these students, CPS is launching Virtual Academy: a central model of remote instruction.

Students who meet the medical fragility requirements and want to enroll in the virtual academy may apply by having a licensed medical provider submit the COVID-19 Health Eligibility form.

More information on the CPS’ Virtual Academy and how to apply can be found on the CPS website.

Events in the community

Make Summer Yours with Chicago Public Libraries: Kids and teens can register for the Start with Art drop-in programs through Chicago Public Libraries! Register online to get started right away or come into the library through August 22. LibraryProgram

Summer 2021 Lot Jams: Is music more your scene? The North River Commission is hosting a series of free outdoor concerts in Albany Park. Check out the dates below!

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August 14 Back-to-School vaccine clinic and Mercado: As kids return to school, getting vaccinated is the best way to keep students and their families safe. I, along with State Rep. Guzzardi and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses will be holding a summer fair offering vaccines and school supplies as well as food and activities. More event details 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