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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Governor Rauner Agrees to Sign House Bill 40

September 28, 2017

Feigenholtz Statement After Governor Rauner Announces He Will Sign House Bill 40 Into Law

CHICAGO –  State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, issued the following statement after Governor Bruce Rauner announced he will sign House Bill 40 into law:

“After repeated threats to overturn Roe vs. Wade by President Trump, today, Governor Rauner chose to protect Illinois women by agreeing to sign HB40 to keep abortion safe, legal and accessible to all Illinois women. Signing this legislation is necessary to safeguard a woman’s right to make decisions that affect her personal health in Illinois.

“I am grateful that Governor Rauner has finally realized how important this legislation is to women in the current political climate. Governor Rauner has decided to stick to his original promise, and his decision will help ensure women continue to have access to all reproductive care.”

For additional information, please contact Feigenholtz’s constituent service office at 773-296-4141 email, or visit


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Feigenholtz Nurse Practice Act Legislation Signed Into Law Strengthening Healthcare Delivery in Illinois

September 20, 2017

Springfield, Ill. – Legislation sponsored by State Representative Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, that modernizes the Illinois Nurse Practice Act, which sunsets every ten years, has been signed into law. House Bill 313 includes critical updates to the Nurse Practice Act.  Read more…

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Feigenholtz Legislation Aiming to Protect Lakeshore Residents from Excessive Noise Pollution Becomes Law

August 22, 2017

Feigenholtz Legislation Aiming to Protect Lakeshore Residents from Excessive Noise Pollution Becomes Law


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, allowing the City of Chicago to install a noise monitoring system to study the impact of vehicular noise along Lake Shore Drive became law on Tuesday.

“In order to address residents’ concerns, this law creates a first step in remediating the ambient noise problem along Lake Shore Drive,” said Feigenholtz. “Data collection will provide empirical evidence of this problem.”

House Bill 2361 allows the City of Chicago to enact an ordinance providing for a noise monitoring system upon any portion of Lake Shore Drive. The noise monitoring system would be capable of recording noise levels 24 hours per day and would be equipped with computer software capable of processing the data. The noise monitoring system would be similar in concept to the monitoring system used to measure jet noise around O’Hare International Airport.

The measure is widely supported by lakefront Alderman Tom Tunney, James Cappleman, Brendan Reilly, Brian Hopkins, Harry Osterman and Michele Smith.

Feigenholtz Legislation Aiming to Protect Lakeshore Residents from Excessive Noise Pollution Becomes Law

For additional information, please contact Feigenholtz’s constituent service office at 773-296-4141 email, or visit

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Local lawmakers united in calling for end to budget impasse

June 29, 2017

Local lawmakers united in calling for end to budget impasse

SPRINGFIELD — With a deadline for a state budget rapidly approaching, North Side lawmakers joined together on Thursday in calling on the their colleagues and the governor to put egos and politics aside and make a deal to prevent continued financial chaos in Illinois.

“Together is the only way this gets solved. No one cares about finger pointing and blame. It’s well past that. I’m committed to doing my part and am calling on everyone else to show the leadership and responsibility that the public expects,” said Senate President John J. Cullerton, who represents the Senate’s 6th District communities on the North Side of Chicago.

Echoing Cullerton’s public appeal were local state Representatives Ann M. Williams and Sara Feigenholtz. The three lawmakers collectively represent neighborhoods including West Lakeview, Roscoe Village, Northcenter, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square, Ravenswood and Wrigleyville.

“The consequences of failing to pass a complete and balanced budget are dire –  keeping our neighborhood schools in crisis,  devastating higher education, decimating critical human services programs, adding billions of dollars to our unpaid debt and bringing the state’s bond rating to junk bond status,” said Rep. Williams, who represents the 11th House District.

“We need to stop the political posturing and move Illinois forward … now. Anything short of a passing a complete balanced budget is insufficient, irresponsible and wrong,” Williams said.

Rep. Feigenholtz joined in calling for an end to a budget impasse that has become increasingly inhumane.

“When domestic violence shelters are closing and the state stops funding breast cancer screenings, who really cares about political winners and losers? There are no winners in this. Stop the nonsense and let’s do the right thing. Too many people have already been hurt,” said Feigenholtz, who represents the 12th House District.

The show of unity from the North Side trio comes as the state enters the final hours of its budget year with no final budget ready for the new year that begins July 1. Illinois has already gone two years without a budget under Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The result has been soaring debts, deep layoffs and cuts at public universities and social service agencies. Domestic violence shelters have lost funding, as have programs that offer breast cancer screenings to lower income women.

Now, thousands of state construction jobs are jeopardized as roadwork would shutdown next week if there’s no budget. The Illinois Lottery would also be unable to payout big winnings and could be kicked out of the multi-state lottery games.

Cullerton, Williams and Feigenholtz said the chaos must end and the most important thing is to get a budget, restore stability and begin the recovery. The Illinois General Assembly continues in session to try to reach those goals.



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