State Senator Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago) has been hard at work the last few weeks getting into the community to learn more about how she can help local organizations continue to provide services to residents of the 20th District. See more below!

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D- Chicago) offered a statement following the Senate passage of a comprehensive clean energy measure that places Illinois at the forefront of the clean energy economy:

“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.

“This legislation includes numerous provisions to help Black and Brown contractors gain greater access in the green energy sector, such as increasing apprenticeship programs to support a diverse workforce pipeline, establishing Green Bank Programs to incentivize energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for Black, Latinx, Asian and indigenous businesses, and upgrading school infrastructure to increase energy efficiency and transition to solar energy.

“I expect the negotiations to continue in good faith so that we can secure outstanding environmental goals, including greater accountability through the establishment of additional benchmarks for measuring progress as we move towards 100% clean energy. While I acknowledge we made significant progress with the latest version of the legislation, these provisions are necessary to get Illinois on track to a truly equitable green future.”

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Housing imageCHICAGO – 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 today, the result of legislation by State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago).

“We need to use every tool at our disposal to help homeowners who are at risk of default, especially in light of a historically difficult year that has affected everyone’s finances,” Pacione-Zayas said. “With this legislation, homeowners on the Northwest side will get the additional assistance they need to help pay their property taxes.”

In Cook County, there are more than 52,000 properties whose delinquent taxes would be sold to investors if the tax sale were held. For almost half those properties, owners owe less than $1,000. Those who cannot afford to pay their property taxes are at risk of losing their homes.

Under the new law, the Northwest Home Equity Program would be able to create a new type of assistance loan modeled after loans it already issues for things like home improvements and foreclosure prevention. The purpose of the new assistance loan would be to help homeowners avoid becoming delinquent on their property taxes.

“Homeowners now have the opportunity to secure a 0% loan instead of a high interest predatory loan to help save their home. This gives us additional tools to combat displacement. We need to cultivate as many new tools as possible to keep residents in their homes,” said Ernie Lukasik, a housing organizer with the Northwest Side Housing Center. “The community is grateful to State Representative Eva Dina Delgado and State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas for championing this cause and bringing this legislation to fruition”

The new law is effective Jan. 1, 2022.

Category: Press Releases

CHICAGO – State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas offered the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to block the Biden administration’s COVID-related eviction moratorium:

“It is unconscionable for the Supreme Court ruling to roll back protections for renters while we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Despite rising COVID cases, the Supreme Court has decided that it is acceptable to allow people to be evicted with no place to go, putting their health and safety at grave risk.

“As a state and a country, we need to enact ways to grant the people affected immediate protections and work on a long-term plan to ensure this never happens again.”

Category: Press Releases

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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