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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

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.


March 3, 2015

Approp hearing 3-3-15SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago 7th) presided over a Senate committee that took the first step today toward solving the crisis caused when a program that assists working parents with the high cost of child care ran out of money earlier this year.

"Reliable, affordable child care is absolutely essential for parents who are doing their best to participate in our economy and improve their families' prospects," Steans said. "Our solution to the shortfall involves no borrowing and no new revenues, and it is imperative that we move forward immediately to resolve this short-term crisis, which has already shut down child care centers and left working parents without options."

The plan, Senate Bill 274, allows the governor to move $579 million in excess money sitting unused in various state funds to fill gaps in essential areas of spending, including the Child Care Assistance Program, which helps low-income parents who are working or attending school afford care for their young children. The $300 million shortfall in CCAP funding threatens to leave 100,000 families without access to affordable child care. The measure will also provide overtime owed to prison guards and services for people with developmental disabilities. Today, the Senate Appropriations I Committee approved the legislation.

"The governor has sought broad budgetary powers, and we have continued engaging in a dialogue with the governor's office while focusing on giving him the authority needed to keep working parents on the job," said Steans, who chairs one of the Senate's two budget committees. "It's been almost a month since parents who rely on this program came to us with their stories, asking us to support them as they build better lives for their families, and we owe them a solution."

SB 274 now advances to a vote of the full Senate.




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