SB1833Celebration PacioneZayas

CHICAGO – State Senator Pacione-Zayas (D- Chicago) and House Assistant Majority Leader Delia Ramirez (D- Chicago) along with other community leaders celebrated a new law that allows the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to designate cultural districts throughout the state.

“I am proud to have worked on this new law, and I am excited to see how communities come together to preserve their identities,” Pacione-Zayas said. “The law affirms and uplifts all the unique cultures in our state as we work toward economic recovery from the pandemic.”

An initiative of the Puerto Rican Agenda, the new law allows DCEO to establish the necessary criteria and guidelines for designating cultural districts. Five such districts can be designated per year, up to a total of 15. The process will be overseen by a diverse advisory board, which Pacione-Zayas has been appointed to.

Last week’s event at the National Museum for Puerto Rican Arts and Culture was held to celebrate the new law.

“As we move into economic recovery from the pandemic, it is imperative that we recognize and invest in the rich cultural heritage of Illinois’ diverse communities,” said House Assistant Majority Leader Delia Ramirez, who sponsored the measure in the House. “This initiative will allow DCEO to help communities foster and preserve their distinct cultural legacies.”

Communities looking for state recognition under this law must meet certain criteria including:

  • A demonstrated risk of losing cultural identity due to gentrification, displacement, or the impact of COVID-19;
  • A history of economic disinvestment;
  • Strong support from community organizations and local and regional government officials.

The new law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2022.

Category: Press Releases

It's been a busy few weeks! Check out some of the events I went to below.

Groundbreaking of the Milwaukee District North Line Bridge A-32 ReplacementProject and Grayland Metra Station Rehabilatation

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Latino Expo with Olympic gold medalist Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, who represented Puerto Rico in track and field, expo producer and constiuent Cesar Rolon, and S.H.E. gallery owner Maria Dulce



Vaccine Clinic with Albany Park Para Todos in collaboration with ASI and the National Hispanic Nursing Association, including 20th District Health Navigator, Susana Gonzalez



Housing Policy Roundtable Meeting


Climate Leadership dinner with Illinois Environmental Council


Climate Champions event with Sen. Feigenholtz and other local leaders






Category: Events

Dear friends,

I wanted to make sure you were aware of a couple events I will be hosting next week!

On Thursday, I will be holding a virtual town hall at 6 p.m.covering the new energy law. On Friday from 3-6 p.m., my district office is holding an open house featuring a food truck, tours of the office and fun for the whole family.

Learn more about these events below, and don’t hesitate to reach out to my office on my website or at 773-278-2020.


State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas | 20th District

Register for the Town Hall here:

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RSVP for the Open House here: 

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Category: Newsletters

ScreeningEventCPZ2CHICAGO – After attending the launch of the Community First Medical Center’s Hereditary Cancer Screening Program, State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D- Chicago) is encouraging people with a known family history of cancer to get screened through the new program.

“Modern technology has come a long way, and programs like this are revolutionary for identifying early signs of cancer,” Pacione-Zayas said. “Early identification is key to successful treatment, and I am excited to see how this new program helps people in our community.”

Community First Medical Center is a safety net hospital on the northwest side of Chicago offering a wide variety of acute and outpatient services. The hospital’s Outpatient Specialty Clinic has teamed up with Myriad Genetics, Inc. to offer MyRisk Hereditary Cancer Screenings to men and women who have a known personal or family history of cancer.

The event included over 30 patients who registered for testing based on their cancer risk and others who participated in walk-in appointments. The clinic plans to offer testing at future events on an ongoing basis moving forward. Screening can help people better understand the causes of cancer, allow for earlier identification at a more treatable stage, prevent secondary cancer and help people with the disease qualify for certain clinical trials.

“We are so grateful that Senator Pacione-Zayas personally visited our Outpatient Specialty Clinic today to help raise awareness in our community for cancer screenings,” said Mariela Hernandez, the Clinical Operations Managers of the Specialty Outpatient Clinic at Community First Medical Center. “Cancer screening rates amongst Latinos is far below the national average, and as a Latina, this needs to change.”

 For further information or to schedule a screening appointment, please contact Mariela Hernandez at 773-527-5071 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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