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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

Senator Steans

May 12, 2015

Dear Friends,


Please be aware of two upcoming events in our district. The first is a job fair Alderman Joe Moore, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Representative Kelly Cassidy, Commissioner Larry Suffredin, the Howard Area Community Center and I will host tomorrow. The second is a public hearing on the CTA's Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization Project. Please scroll down for the details on both events.


As always, please contact me with your questions and concerns through my website or by calling (773) 769-1717 .


Heather Steans
Senator Heather Steans
7th District – Illinois


Are you ready for a new job?


Come dressed to interview and bring 20 copies of your resume, because a wide variety of employers will be represented at Wednesday's job fair. Workshops on job preparation and resume writing will be offered, and representatives from workforce re-entry programs serving ex-offenders will also be present.


Wednesday, May 13

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Willye White Park Fieldhouse

1610 W. Howard (at Ashland)


Learn about the Lawrence to Bryn Mawr project and have your say


As part of the Red and Purple Modernization Program, the CTA plans to rebuild the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr stations and the tracks adjacent to them. The goal is to improve the stations and make them accessible to customers with disabilities. In addition to ensuring ADA compliance, the project will install better lighting, add benches and real-time information boards and widen platforms for to relieve crowding.


Information about the project and the environmental assessment completed on it will be available at Thursday's meeting, and the public may submit written or oral comments at that time. Written comments will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on May 29 and may be emailed to lawrencetobrynmawr@transitchicago.com or mailed to Chicago Transit Authority, Strategic Planning, 10th Floor, 567 W. Lake St., Chicago, IL 60661.


Thursday, May 14

6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Broadway Armory

5917 N. Broadway

Served by CTA Thorndale Station (Red Line) and CTA Bus #36 Broadway


District Office

5533 N. Broadway • Chicago, IL 60640

773-769-1717 (Phone) • 773-769-6901 (Fax)


Springfield Office

122 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-8492 (Phone)




Green leaves


As Earth Day approaches, I'm excited to share with you an opportunity to volunteer right here in our community, helping make our own neighborhood a cleaner, greener place to live.


Tomorrow (Saturday, April 18), meet at 9 a.m. at Berger Park (6205 N. Sheridan) or at 11 a.m. at Touhy Park (7348 N. Paulina). Volunteers will sweep, paint and plant our way through the 48th Ward to improve gardens, parks, schools and storefronts. With a high of 63 in the forecast, it's looking like a perfect day to be out and about, working with our neighbors on community beautification.


All volunteers are also invited to attend the Community BBQ at Whole Foods (6009 N. Broadway) from 1 to 4 p.m. tomorrow.


To sign up or get more information, please contact me at steans@senatedem.illinois.gov or call my office at (773) 769-1717. I hope to see you there!



March 26, 2015


SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago 7th) secured Senate passage today of legislation that eliminates the $1.6 billion shortfall in the state's budget for the current fiscal year and ends a child care funding emergency that has left tens of thousands of working parents short on options.

"Without taking on additional debt, this bipartisan solution patches the holes in this year's budget and relieves a significant source of stress on low-income working families," Steans said. "Now we can move forward into a productive conversation about the feasibility and human impact of the cuts the governor has requested in next year's budget."

House Bills 317 and 318 move $1.3 billion in surplus money from dozens of special-purpose state funds to fill critical shortfalls in funding for the Child Care Assistance Program, mental health care, developmental disabilities services, courts and prison guards. The $266 million influx will cover all anticipated costs of the child care subsidy program, which helps parents who are working or attending school, and prevent further closures of child care centers due to delays in state payments. The legislation also includes a 2.25 percent cut to most areas of spending, although nearly $100 million will be set aside to cushion the impact of the reductions on the neediest school districts.

"We knew this year's budget wasn't complete, because we didn't have the votes to put in place the policies necessary to address the state's chronic structural deficit," Steans said. "Today's solution isn't ideal, but it staves off crisis and allows us to focus on next year's budget and what we need to do to meet needs in a fiscally sustainable way."

The House approved the two measures on Tuesday; they will now go to the governor's desk.



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