Rep. Feigenholtz Wins National Behavioral Health Award

March 8, 2019

Feigenholtz is the second Illinois lawmaker in the last three years to snag the 3,000-member National Council’s advocacy award. Read more.

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Panel looks into DCFS, death of 2-year-old

March 6, 2019

The Department of Children and Family Services needs to reduce caseloads and take other steps after the “profoundly devastating” death of a 2-year-old Decatur girl whose family had been investigated by the agency before it closed the case, the agency’s interim director told a House committee Tuesday. Read more

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Feigenholtz, Child Welfare Committee to Hold Hearing Examining DCFS and Death of Child

March 1, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, Chair of the Adoption and Child Welfare Committee, has scheduled a subject matter hearing to examine the tragic case of Ta’naja Barnes, a two-year-old child from Decatur who died February 11, 2019 despite DCFS and community provider interventions. DCFS will respond to questions at the hearing on Tuesday, March 5 at 2 p.m. in room 122B in the Capitol. Read more.

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Governor Pritzker Signs Executive Order Protecting Legal Abortions In Illinois

January 23, 2019

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Governor Pritzker took executive action Tuesday ensuring abortion and reproductive health protections in Illinois. Read more here.

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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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Second DCFS hearing sheds light on department

March 20, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — After the special hearing on Ta’Naja’s death and her involvement with the Department of Children and Family Services, lawmakers said they wanted to use the hearing to learn more about DCFS. Read more.

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