Syrian Refugee Crisis Seminar Information

February 1, 2017

The Syrian Refugee Crisis Seminar I held on January 30, 2017, was an encouraging reminder that while those in power try to divide us, we stand together to defend our shared rights and values.

I know that many of you want to know how you can reach out to the organizations that presented, and how you can help refugees coming to America. Please follow the links below to learn more about the organizations that presented, and learn how you can directly get involved.

RefugeeOne. RefugeeOne is the largest refugee resettlement agency in Illinois. This is a great organization to reach out to if you are interested in hosting a refugee family or serving as a mentor to newly arrived refugees.

Syrian Community Network. The Syrian Community Network (SCN) was established by a diverse team of community members with intentions to aid and to assist in easing the resettlement of Syrian refugees. This is another great organization to contact if you are interested in hosting a refugee family or helping them transition to life in America.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The ACLU is leading the legal challenges to President Trump’s executive orders. The ACLU is on the frontline of the fight to defend the rights guaranteed to every person in the U.S. Constitution.

In these turbulent political times, it’s more important than ever that we stand together. We must stand for the values that unite us, and not fall for the rhetoric of division and hate. 

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Public Safety Forum – Thursday, October 27th, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

October 25, 2016


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Care for Friends

October 25, 2016

Care for Friends provides easy access to community, food and overall wellness for Chicago’s most vulnerable and under-served people, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.

Through its programs, Care for Friends successfully connects people with community resources to enable them to achieve a better quality of life. Check out their website here:

We attended Care for Friends’ fall event – it was a very special evening. Here is a photo with long-time volunteer Mark Bean!

Stay tuned for their January 27th fundraiser, “Sleepout for Homelessness.”  For one night, supporters become homeless in Lincoln Park to raise funds and awareness of this important issue. Find more information online at


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Coffee and Conversation – Friday, October 21st – 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

October 20, 2016


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Feigenholtz Legislation Expanding Access to Physician Assistants in Illinois Becomes Law

July 16, 2018

Feigenholtz Legislation Expanding Access to Physician Assistants in Illinois Becomes Law  

Springfield, Ill. – Legislation sponsored by state Representative Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, improving access to healthcare by increasing access to physician assistants (PAs) became law on Friday.

“Under current law, only five physician assistants are permitted to practice in collaboration with one doctor, which restricts access to health care,” said Feigenholtz. “This arbitrary ratio is now gone, and the new law will enable highly trained medical professionals to work in our hospitals and improve healthcare in regions where staffing shortages exist.”

About half of the counties in Illinois are marked as “Health Professional Shortage Areas” and are particularly vulnerable due to lack of medical professionals. This legislation exempts physician assistants from the ratio in these regions to meet the needs of these hospitals. In other counties, the ratio improves from 5-to-1 to 7-to-1.

“This new law represents sweeping reform and addresses the needs of patients, hospitals and healthcare providers across the state,” said Feigenholtz. “Illinoisans are one step closer to receiving the health care they deserve no matter where they live.”

This legislation has broad support from health coalitions in Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants, Illinois Primary Health Care Association, and the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

For full text of SB2904, click here. For more information, contact Feigenholtz’s Chicago office at 773-296-4141 or



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Rep. Feigenholtz Discusses Kavanaugh Supreme Court Pick and Protecting A Woman’s Right to Choose

July 12, 2018

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Rep. Feigenholtz Honored for Women’s Rights Work

June 22, 2018

State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (Center), is joined (left to right) by Museum of Tolerance Director and event moderator Liebe Geft, Shiza Shahid, Jaha Dukureh and Wiesenthal Center Midwest Director Alison Slovin at the Women of Valor Award Luncheon on Thursday, June 21 in Chicago. The Center honored the three women for their work of spearheading human rights and women’s rights on a global scale.

Rep. Feigenholtz Honored for Women’s Rights Work

CHICAGO – As part of their commitment to honoring women whose work has made a global impact, the Midwest Region of The Simon Wiesenthal Center recognized state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D – Chicago, Jaha Dukureh, and Shiza Shahid at Thursday’s Women of Valor Award Luncheon. The Center honored the three women for their work of spearheading human rights and women’s rights on a global scale.

“I am honored to receive this award alongside warrior women like Jaha Dukureh and Shiza Shahid,” said Feigenholtz. “Across the globe women are stepping up and making a big impact .”

As the lead sponsor of HB40, Feigenholtz helped make Illinois the first and only state to strike the discriminatory Hyde amendment by legislation, thereby allowing all women, regardless of income, access to abortion.

Additionally, Feigenholtz was the chief sponsor of the Contraceptive Equity Act, which expanded access to a full array of birth control options.

Feigenholtz also passed legislation t hat created the Holocaust and Genocide Commission. The Simon Wiesenthal Center is a human rights organization committed to confronting anti-Semitism, hate, and terrorism.

The Center strives to promote human rights on a global scale, defend the safety of Jewish people worldwide, and teach the lessons of the Holocaust. The Simon Wiesenthal Center recognized Feigenholtz, Dukureh, and Shahid due to their personification of the Center’s values through their impactful work around the globe.

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2018 End Of Session Newsletter

June 3, 2018
For the first time in four years we closed out the Spring Legislative session on time along with a balanced budget.
Schools, universities, hospitals, and human service providers will enter FY ’19 on solid ground with a sense of predictability for their annual budgets. Republicans and Democrats from both the House and Senate set aside differences and worked together to draft a balanced budget.
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