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Dear Friend,

We’ve recently seen a concerning rise in the highly-contagious delta variant of COVID-19, and now that Pfizer’s vaccine has gained full FDA approval, I hope more people are encouraged to get their shot.

Read on to learn more about getting vaccinated, as well as other resources that can help our community bounce back from the pandemic and an update on recent legislative actions.

I would also like to remind you that as of Aug. 30, all people regardless of vaccination status are required to wear a mask indoors. Wearing a mask has proven effective against the transmission of COVID-19. I encourage everyone to mask up, and if you can, get your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible.

Stay healthy, and as always, feel free to reach out to my district office at (773) 278-2020 or on my website with any questions or concerns.


State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas | 20th District 


Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine gets full FDA approval

Great news: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has now formally approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine after authorizing it for emergency use last December. People still hesitant about getting their dose can now be sure that the vaccine is safe and effective. This milestone could be the confidence boost someone needs to get vaccinated—each shot puts us one step closer to ending the pandemic for good!

Eviction moratorium extended to Oct. 3, 2021

Our state is making strides toward recovery, but many families are still suffering from the economic impact of COVID-19. To provide relief as households across the state return to work and get back on their feet, the governor extended the statewide eviction moratorium to Oct. 3, 2021. Illinoisans in need can contact the Illinois Department of Human Services at 866-454-3571 for help with rent, utility bills and more.

Resources for parents and educators 

Surveys for early childhood care workers

The National Institute for Early Education Research would like your input as an early childhood worker would like ECE policymakers to know about the workforce. Take the survey here.

IDHS and their partner INCCRRA are asking those working in the child care field to inform and update them on how the child care field is doing. Take the Build Back Better survey here.

Free lead in water testing for day cares

LeadCare Illinois offers all licensed day care homes, group day care homes, and day care centers free lead in water testing. Testing is mandatory for licensed facilities serving children under the age of six and located in a home or building constructed on or before January 1, 2000. Register here.

Preschool Development Grant, Birth-5 Education Reimbursement

Attention early childhood educators! This is your chance to apply for funds to support continuing your education and working toward your next credential or degree during 2021. If you have attended, or currently attend, an accredited Illinois college or university, you can apply for a maximum of $600 to repay existing debt owed directly to your higher education institution. Learn more and apply here.

Child Care Restoration Grants 2021

Illinois has been awarded $331 million in financial aid to support child care through the latest federal relief package. Round three grant applications will close Sept. 15, and Round four applications will be open from Oct. 18-Dec. 15. Learn more and apply here.

The Illinois Board of Higher Education is hiring!

Learn more about job opportunities at IBHE on their website here.

In the district

District events


I've been hard at work the last few weeks getting into the community to learn more about how I can help local organizations continue to provide services to residents of the 20th District. See more about what I've been up to here

Community Corner

Check out the new Community Corner on my website! Here you will find a revolving list of community resources like grant opportunities including the Back to Business Grant Program, updates on Chicago Public Schools, vaccination information and more. Visit the Community Corner here.

20th District Policy Roundtables

Our Policy Roundtables are starting up in preparation for the next legislative session. Through our Roundtables, residents of the 20th district will be able to help me think about what policy proposals we should advance going forward. In the following months we'll be building a People's Agenda from the ground up. To get started, I recently met with all Roundtable co-chairs to discuss next steps. Co-chairs will convene meetings in September and October, so keep an eye out! If you are interested in joining a Roundtable, please sign up here.

Legislative update

Clean energy legislation

The evidence and science is clear on how vital it is to aggressively address the intensifying climate crisis, especially for the communities that have always been disproportionately affected by the harmful practices of fossil fuel companies. To address this, the Senate recently passed a piece of comprehensive energy legislation. Read my full statement on it here.

Other recent measures

To help clarify the Department of Children and Family Services’ role in assessing the living situations of children placed with parents out of state, I spearheaded a law that lays out clear guidelines for when DCFS can assess these living arrangements. Read more here.

An expansion of child care benefits will be made permanent under a measure I sponsored this year. Read more here.

I also championed a measure to allow for the designation of cultural districts in Illinois that was signed into law recently in an effort to help affirm the identity of communities in Illinois and preserve their distinct legacies. Read more here.

The Northwest Home Equity Program will have the ability to provide low- or no-interest home assistance loans to homeowners struggling to make their property tax payments under a new law signed recently. Read more 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