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Dear Friend,

First and foremost, happy holidays from my family to yours!

As we celebrate, it’s important that we stay updated on the latest COVID-19 information to protect ourselves and our loved ones. The newly emergent Omicron variant is further proof of the importance of following the advice of experts and getting vaccinated to help end this pandemic.

Read on for information about upcoming deadlines for rental, energy and loan assistance this winter and updates on booster dose expansion, getting health insurance coverage and more.

You can also reach out to my office by calling 773-278-2020, sending a text message to 773-207-7838, or sending us a note at to set up an appointment in our district office at 3140 W. Montrose Ave.


Cristina Pacione-Zayas

State Senator | 20th District

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Estimado amigo,

Cada año, el primero de diciembre, se celebra el Día Mundial de la Lucha Contra el SIDA para mostrar nuestro apoyo a quienes viven con HIV, y para recordar a aquellos que han muerto de enfermedades relacionadas con el SIDA.

Cerca de 1.2 millones de personas tienen HIV, de los cuales el 13% no lo saben. Esta enfermedad sigue afectando desproporcionadamente a las comunidades afroamericanas y latina, así como a la comunidad gay, bisexuales y otros hombres que mantienen relaciones sexuales con otros hombres.

Mientras que el número de gente diagnosticada con HIV va en constante declive gracias a los avances en la medicina y la tecnología en pruebas de detección. Luchar en contra de ser estigmatizado, motivar a la población de alto riesgo a realizar pruebas regularmente, y proveer financiamiento a la investigación sobre el HIV siguen siendo altas prioridades.

Obtenga más información sobre el Día Mundial de la Lucha Contra del SIDA 2021, pruebas de detección y servicios PrEP en la página También puede encontrar servicios locales y apoyo a través del Puerto Rican Cultural Center.

Vea abajo información sobre las vacunas contra el COVID-19, empleos y más. También puede comunicarse con mi oficina llamando al 773-278-2020, mandando un mensaje de texto a 773-207-7838, o mandando una nota a para hacer una cita en nuestra oficina distrital en 3140 W. Montrose Ave.


Senadora Estatal Cristina Pacione-Zayas | Distrito 20

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Dear Friend,

Last week, we marked the 33rd annual World AIDS Day, a day to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and commemorate those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses. 

About 1.2 million people have HIV in the U.S., with an estimated 13% of them being unaware of it. The disease continues to disproportionately impact Black and Latinx people as well as gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.

While the number of people diagnosed with HIV has been steadily declining due to advancements in medicine and testing technology, we must not let our guard down. Fighting the stigma, encouraging higher-risk populations to get tested regularly, and funding research into HIV remain top priorities.

Learn more about World AIDS Day 2021, testing and PrEP services and more at You can also find local services and support through the Puerto Rican Cultural Center.

See below for information on COVID-19 vaccines, jobs and more. You can also reach out to my office by calling 773-278-2020, sending a text message to 773-207-7838, or sending us a note at to set up an appointment in our district office at 3140 W. Montrose Ave.


State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas | 20th District

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Community-minded equity lens guides her approach to policymaking

For Capitol News Illinois

State Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas’ friends tease her for changing the meaning of words. “Solution” becomes a verb when she says “I’m about solutioning.” 

Pacione-Zayas, 43, D-Chicago, has been actively “solutioning” since she took office in December when then-state Sen. Iris Martinez stepped down to become Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Representing the 20th district on Chicago’s Northwest side, Pacione-Zayas has flexed her expertise in education and leaned on her community-minded equity lens to guide her approach to policymaking.

Raised as an only child, her community played a huge part in her life. She grew up in Logan Square and, from a young age, her parents took her to board meetings and community events, instilling in her the importance of social responsibility and collective action. Those experiences “really helped shape what I bring to the table in terms of a legislator,” she said.

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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