May 2022 Newsletter

Last month, I took to the House floor to call for upholding Roe v. Wade, protecting women’s reproductive health, and supporting our state partners who provide quality healthcare. I was told by my Republican colleagues that we were wasting time talking about women’s reproductive rights, but unfortunately the news in recent weeks has shown exactly why standing up for women’s freedoms will never be a waste of time.

The reports that the Supreme Court may overturn Roe vs. Wade are devastating. Women will face a heightened health risk when they seek an abortion, but more frequently they will risk their freedom and financial well-being as states make abortion a criminal offense.

We can’t afford to be complacent now. I’m proud that Illinois has already codified the right to choose and I’m thankful that our state can be a safe place for our surrounding neighbors to turn to, but I’m also committed to fighting like hell to protect this fundamental freedom.

Crime and Safety

In the Spring legislative session, the General Assembly passed a variety of measures to keep our communities safe and combat crime. Learn more about these initiatives here.

Back to Business

The full $250 million in grant awards for small businesses around the state have been released. To learn more click here.

Mental Health Month

Everyone can use an opportunity to check in on their mental health. Read about some ways to care for your own mental health and utilize some local resources. Read more here.

Meet the Interns

I’m lucky to have a phenomenal staff in our district office, located at 3223 N Sheffield. Meet two of our awesome interns and learn more about what it’s like to intern in IL-12! Visit the blog here.

In the Community

PCAC Ribbon Cutting

Alderman Tom Tunney and I celebrated the new primary and specialty care services Ascension Medical Group Illinois is bringing to Chicago.


Teacher Appreciation

Senator Feigenholtz and I delivered treats to local schools to show our appreciation for all teachers and staff in IL-12.


Lincoln Park Clean Up Days Are Back!

Sign up to join an upcoming volunteer day with Gold Coast Neighbor Association.

– June 23, 11 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
– July 21, 11 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
– Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
– Sept. 15, 11 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
– Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


April Small Business Shout Out Visit

My office and I visited Aroma Workshop, our featured small business for the month of April!

We had a great time smelling different scents and creating our own signature smell.


Upcoming Events

Earth Month Drive Up Shred Event

Sunday, May 22nd from 9am – 12pm at the Lincoln Park High School (2001 N Orchard).

Drive up with your recyclables and say hello!


PAWS Chicago Partnership

It’s May so that means we have a new PAWS Chicago pal to introduce: Meet Onyx!

Doesn’t she belong on a shampoo bottle with that shiny coat? Onyx is a playful girl who LOVES her toys. Good news for you: she is looking for her forever home.

If you are interested in adopting Onyx (or any of her friends), check out PAWS Chicago!

Small Business Shoutout

Every month we highlight one small business from our district. For May, we are thrilled to feature JuiceRx.

“JuiceRx has been setting the industry standard in superior juices for over a decade. Having personally experienced the healing power of cold-pressed juices, we recognized the need to make these nutrient-dense drinks readily available to the public.”

If you have a favorite store, restaurant, or other business in the district for future Small Business Shoutouts, let us know!

Join My Office and Walk in the 2022 Pride Parade With Us!

Next month is Pride Month! It’s been two years since the Pride Parade graced the Northside, and we’re putting together a list of folks to walk with us. We’d love to have you! Join me June 26 from 12pm – 3 pm. to walk in the 2022 Chicago Pride Parade. Sign up here!
(t-shirt included!)

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Wishing you a safe and relaxing rest of your spring!