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Dear Friend,

Before we all take a much-needed break for the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to provide you with some resources that may be of help to you and your family as we enter the winter months.

Read on for information on utility assistance, pre-school enrollment, jobs and more.

Additionally, I would like to remind you that children ages 5-11 are now eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination for children in this FAQ, and get help booking an appointment through CPS here.

There are also COVID-19 booster shot recommendations for all three available vaccines. Visit to find a COVID-19 booster vaccine near you. Keep your loved ones safe this holiday season and get vaccinated if you’re eligible.


State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas | 20th District


2021-2022 preschool options

There are still seats available for preschool-aged children! Learn more about the application process and search for schools in your area on the Chicago Early Learning website.

Energy assistance funding still available

Energy costs can place severe and continuing stress on a family’s budget, especially during the cold winter months. Learn more about eligibility and how to apply to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program on the DCEO website.  

Scholarship opportunity for early childhood educators

If you work or have worked in early childhood education and you're seeking additional credentials and/or a degree in early childhood education, you may be eligible for the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity Scholarship Program. Learn more about the program and stay tuned for the launch of the application later this month on the ISAC website.

Rental assistance coming soon

Vulnerable renters and landlords have already received $505 million of emergency rental assistance, as Illinois leads the nation in distributing this federal funding faster than any other state to help more than 57,000 households. The Illinois Housing Development Authority will open a new round of assistance Dec. 6, and the Illinois Department of Human Services is currently accepting applications for rental assistance. Struggling households can find resources at

Jobs of the Week

Chicago Public Schools is hiring crossing guards!

UPS is hiring for the holidays

Learn more at   


In the District

It’s been one month since the 20th District Open House!

See how it went and learn more about what our office has to offer below.

#DistrictDetours in October

It was a busy month as my colleagues and I reconvened in Springfield for the fall session. I also had many opportunities to get out into our community and tour schools, donate blood, meet with constituents and more! Check out some pictures below and find even more on my Facebook page.



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