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Dear friend,

School is fast-approaching, with Chicago Public Schools set to start on Aug. 22. Check out resources about what you need to set your children off on the right foot before the school year on the CPS website.

As we get closer to the start of the school year, I want to make sure you have access that make sending your children back to the classroom more affordable. Read on for information about the school supply sales tax break, school resource drives, job opportunities, and more.

As always, feel free reach out to my office for assistance by calling 773-278-2020, sending a text message to 773-207-7838, or sending us a note at


State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas | 20th District


Featured Resources

COVID-19 Tests

With continued community spread of COVID-19, it's best to get tested if you believe you’re getting sick! Visit for testing locations and more information on getting tested.

National Black Business Month

August is National Black Business Month! Illinois has more than 130,000 Black-owned businesses - find some to shop at here:

Home and Business Protection Program Update

The City of Chicago has launched the Home and Business Protection Program (HBPP) to ensure that Chicagoans have access to private security equipment to protect their property and feel safe. The City will provide select rebates to cover costs associated with outdoor security camera systems, cloud storage for video footage, outdoor motion-sensor lighting, vehicle GPS trackers, and subscription costs. 

Learn more about the program and apply for rebates at If you have any questions, feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (312) 742-3317. Please help us


Job Opportunities in and around the 20th District

Check out my recently-added webpage featuring a list of job opportunities in Chicago and the 20th District. There, you can find links to jobs with the State of Illinois, Chicago Public Schools, local organizations, and more.


Upcoming Events


North River Commission Tenants’ Rights Workshops

Join North River Commission and the Metropolitan Tenants Organization on Thursday, August 18 for a workshop focused on your rights as a tenant. The workshop will focus on your rights regarding eviction, rent increases, and apartment/home repairs.

Spanish: Aug. 16 at 6 p.m., Tabor Lutheran Church, 3542 W Sunnyside

English: Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. via Zoom

RSVP with Erika via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 872-257-8773.

Hermosa Area Cleanups

If you’re interested in getting involved in keeping our community healthy and beautiful, I encourage you to participate in one of the upcoming Hermosa Area Cleanups! For more information, click here:


In the District

I was thrilled to get back into community events in the past few weeks—read on to see what I’ve been up to! Meeting with leadership in the Girl Scouts, visiting early childhood care centers, helping undocumented students access resources on campuses and so much more were the highlights of my week. Check out the pictures below and even more here and here!

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Office Information

Springfield Office:

Stratton Office Building
Section F, Room H
Springfield, IL 62706


District Office:
3140 W. Montrose
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 278-2020