Welcome to my website. I hope to make this site a very interactive tool that allows you, as a constituent, to communicate with me, stay updated on legislation and happenings in Springfield and find resources in our district. Using this site, you can join my email list, read my e-mail updates online, see the latest legislative news, view upcoming neighborhood events and contact me.
I welcome any questions, concerns or suggestions you may have. Please feel free to call my district office at (773) 769-1717 or email your question here. My district office is located at 5533 N. Broadway near Broadway and Bryn Mawr. We are typically open from 9am to 5pm, but please call to make an appointment.
Heather Steans - State Senator, 7th District
October 1, 2015
It can be difficult and confusing to obtain all the resources and services you need as a senior citizen. That's why Ald. Joe Moore, Rep. Kelly Cassidy, Commissioner Larry Suffredin, several hospitals and community groups and I are sponsoring the 49th Ward Senior Resource Fair next Wednesday, Oct. 7. In one location, you can renew your state identification card or get a new ID, meet with social services and health care providers and even enjoy a free lunch and entertainment.
I also hope to see you at Apple Fest, where our office will sponsor kids' activities. A 28-year tradition in Lincoln Square, Apple Fest is a fun, fall celebration for the whole family. Please keep reading for more details on both of these events.
Sincerely,Senator Heather Steans7th District – Illinois
Resources for seniors - all in one place this Wednesday
It's Apple Fest time
Fall is here, and that means pumpkins, squash and APPLES. The Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce celebrates apples on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during Apple Fest, a 28-year Lincoln Square tradition.
Come to the 4700 block of N. Lincoln Ave., between W. Leland and W. Lawrence, for food, spices, gifts and informational booths. Of course, you'll have the opportunity to purchase just about anything apple, from apple pies and cider to candy apples and apple pizza, not to mention fresh apples by the bushel.
I'll be sponsoring activities for the kids, so please look for our kids' table and stop by to enjoy fall with your family.
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Summer is coming to a close, and students will soon return to school, but many of our area farmers' markets will continue through this month and even into October. The wares will change - berries, tomatoes and zucchini giving way to pumpkins, apple cider and spice-scented candles - but you'll still find farmers and craftspeople ready to show off their exciting products and help your family live locally and sustainably.
Edgewater Farmers Market — Every Saturday starting June 13 from 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.Broadway Armory Parking Lot (5917 N. Broadway St.)Stock up on some fresh produce. Meet the Go Edgewater Ambassadors who will be tabling at the Market on June 13.
Glenwood Sunday Market — Every Sunday (June through October) from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.Southbound Glenwood Avenue between Morse & Lunt on the west side of the CTA tracksFresh, local, and sustainable food in Rogers Park!
Loyola Farmers Market — June 8–October 12 from 3–7 p.m.The Loyola Plaza (6550 N. Sheridan Road); Outside of CTA's Red Line Loyola stopSupported by Loyola's Institute of Environmental Sustainability and Lakeside Management!
Uncommon Ground Farmer Fridays — Every Friday (May 22–October 30) from 4–8 p.m.1401 W. Devon Ave. (Parking Lot)
Edgewater Green Market — Every Saturday (July 4–October 31) from 7 a.m.–1 p.m.6034 N. Broadway
Andersonville Farmers Market — Every Wednesday (June 24–September 9) from 4–8 p.m.Berwyn & Clark Street
Lincoln Square Farmers Market — Every Tuesday (June 9–October 27) from 7 a.m.–3 p.m.4700 N. Western Ave. (City Parking Lot)
Glenwood Sunday Market— Every Sunday (June 2–October 27) from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.Southbound on Glenwood between Morse & Lunt
August 4, 2015
Today, I presented a budget measure that won bipartisan support in the Senate and, if it secures House approval and the governor's signature, will allow federal dollars blocked by the state's budget impasse to flow to programs that provide cancer screenings, energy bill assistance, infant nutrition and much more.
Republicans and Democrats in the General Assembly, as well as the governor's office, agree these funds need to be released for their intended purposes. There is no reason to keep parents from accessing specialized formula for their medically fragile babies or to hold up federal disaster relief funds; we can continue negotiating the $7 billion portion of the state budget that is still contested while allowing the critical work funded by federal dollars to go on.
Senate Bill 2042, which passed without opposition, would allow $4.8 billion in federal money to be spent on functions such as the Women, Infants and Children nutritional program (WIC), utility bill assistance known as LIHEAP, community mental health, AmeriCorps volunteers working in schools and communities statewide, care for those with developmental disabilities, breast and cervical cancer screenings for low-income women, a 24-hour crisis hotline for victims of domestic violence and more. With some of the offices that provide nutritional counseling and benefits through WIC set to run out of money and close their doors as soon as the end of this week, releasing federal dollars is pivotal in relieving some of the direst effects of the budget impasse.
I'm encouraged that we have reached agreement on another significant portion of the budget. I'm confident we can overcome our remaining differences on budgetary matters without getting bogged down in non-budgetary issues.
Please keep in touch with me as this process continues. You may contact me through my website or by calling my office at (773) 769-1717 with your questions, ideas and concerns. You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter (@HeatherSteans).
This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a decision that represents a historic leap forward, based on values written into our Constitution almost 150 years ago. Relying on the Fourteenth Amendment’s declaration that all are entitled to the equal protection of the law, a majority of justices agreed that all states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples who apply for them.
I remain proud that Illinois has been a leader in the quest for justice for LGBTQ people. Our state was among the first to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, give same-sex couples the option of a civil union and finally, in 2013, call these committed, state-sanctioned relationships between loving same-sex couples what they are: marriages.
Now, couples who wish to marry, regardless of gender, can enjoy in any state in America the rights we’ve affirmed here in Illinois. This victory will be long remembered in the history of America’s uneven but unstoppable progress toward living up to its foundational principles and, as Justice Kennedy put it, allowing all “persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity.”
My task as a legislator and our task as concerned citizens is now to make the Court’s decision and our existing laws reality on the ground, resisting the discrimination that still faces LGBTQ people, regardless of marital status. Our task is to continue working to make our schools, streets and homes safe for young people seeking to discover who they are. And our task is to keep taking up the cause of justice for all who don’t experience the equal protection of our laws in their daily lives.
I’m profoundly grateful to all of the advocates who brought us to this moment, and it has been one of the greatest honors of my life to work among the many people who tirelessly bend the arc of the universe toward justice.
This was the scene on the Senate floor when we first voted for marriage equality in Illinois on Valentine's Day 2013.