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Dear Friend,

Last week, we marked the 33rd annual World AIDS Day, a day to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and commemorate those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses. 

About 1.2 million people have HIV in the U.S., with an estimated 13% of them being unaware of it. The disease continues to disproportionately impact Black and Latinx people as well as gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.

While the number of people diagnosed with HIV has been steadily declining due to advancements in medicine and testing technology, we must not let our guard down. Fighting the stigma, encouraging higher-risk populations to get tested regularly, and funding research into HIV remain top priorities.

Learn more about World AIDS Day 2021, testing and PrEP services and more at You can also find local services and support through the Puerto Rican Cultural Center.

See below for information on COVID-19 vaccines, jobs and more. You can also reach out to my office by calling 773-278-2020, sending a text message to 773-207-7838, or sending us a note at to set up an appointment in our district office at 3140 W. Montrose Ave.


State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas | 20th District


At-home COVID-19 vaccines available for everyone ages 5 and older

Each person who receives their primary COVID-19 vaccine doses through the city's at home program is eligible to receive a $100 Visa gift card, including children ages 5-11. Gift cards are not offered for booster dose appointments.

Illinois Secretary of State cracking down on disability parking abuse

Secretary of State Jesse White announced that Secretary of State Police will be conducting parking stings at shopping malls statewide throughout the holiday season and ticketing individuals who illegally park in spaces reserved for persons with disabilities. Secretary White urges individuals to report abuse of parking spaces for people with disabilities by calling 217-785-0309 or reporting at

Illinois Rental Payment Program is open

ILRPP provides financial assistance for rent up to $25,000 to income-eligible Illinois renters and their landlords who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the program and  start your application at

Early childhood care providers: a scholarship for you

The Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity Scholarship Program application is open! If you work or have worked in early childhood education and are seeking additional credentials, you may be eligible for assistance. Learn more and start your application on the ISAC website. Hear from early childhood educators on the importance of boosting the system here.

Visit museums and zoos for free

Looking for things to do this winter? Stop by my office for a museum card to gain free entry into many Chicago-area museums and zoos! Call my office at 773-278-2020 for a full list of participating institutions and to reserve your card.

Jobs of the Week

Christopher House positions in Chicago

Visit the Christopher House Career Center for more information on open positions, including a parent educator, early childhood aid and more.

White House Fellow applications now open

White House Fellows spend a year as full-time, paid assistants to senior White House Staff, the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Learn more and apply on the White House Fellows Foundation & Association website.

Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation is hiring an executive director 

Learn more here

Upcoming Events

Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Conference, Dec. 11

Learn more and see how to stream on the day of on the ILLCF website.


The week of Thanksgiving was a busy one! From turkey and meal giveaways to exploring local shops and restaurants on Small Business Saturday, I loved seeing our community turn out. Check out some pictures below and more on my Facebook page.


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Springfield Office:
M120 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8191
District Office:
3140 W. Montrose
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 278-2020