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¡La escuela terminó y el clima cálido ha llegado! Mientras entramos al verano, quiero asegurarme  que usted y su familia cuenten con los recursos que necesiten para mantenerse seguros y saludables. Adicionalmente, junio es el Mes del Orgullo (“Pride”)—un tiempo para que destaquemos la alegría, brillantez y contribuciones de nuestros hermanos LGBTQIA y honrarlos manteniendo viva la lucha por la inclusión y equidad para todos.

Asegúrese de leer a continuación sobre  oportunidades de trabajo y sobre  programas de verano para niños y jóvenes.

Como siempre, siéntase en libertad de comunicarse con mi oficina para obtener asistencia llamando al 773-278-2020, enviando un mensaje de texto al 773-207-7838, o mandando una nota a través de


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Last month, State Rep. Will Guzzardi and I visited two local assisted living homes to play bingo and chat with older residents. Read more about our visits here.

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Felicitaciones a Brentano Elementary School for an amazing Dia deal Niño celebration organized by the all mighty Parent Mentor Program!


Humboldt Park Health recently broke ground on a new Wellness Center. This facility will be a cornerstone in our community and provide fitness facilities, nutritional classes and more to residents across the area. Read more about the facility here.

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Congratulation to all the recent graduates!  I was honored to give the commencement address for the ASPIRA  Business and Finance High School graduates at Northwestern University.


Our Progressive Caucus Legislative Town Hall with Leader Delia Ramirez, State Sen. Omar Aquino, Rep. Will Guzzardi and local organizations was a success! Thank you to all who came out to hear our recap of the spring legislative session and to voice their thoughts. Watch a livestream of the event at


Congratulations to Oswaldo Alvarez, who is now the executive director of the Illinois Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation. As a resident of the 20th District, we wish him well in his new role. He previously served as the statewide co-director for Census 2020, and under his leadership, we had the highest response rates in the most populous states.


May 25 was Trauma-Informed Awareness Day, and I was honored to participate in a panel with Illinois ACEs and the Health & Medicine Policy Research group. You can find resources on dealing with trauma here.


Congratulations to Palenque LSNA on their 60th anniversary and name change. The organization serves as a pillar in the community for affordable housing, organizing immigrant services, parent mentor programs, and youth development. 


I am also so thankful to Bickerdike for the completion of Lucy Gonzalez Parsons Apartments, which will provide 100% affordable housing units and allow 100 households to remain in our community and mitigate gentrification.

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PACIONE ZAYAS HB 4201CHICAGO – Students of public universities and colleges will soon have access to an on-campus point-person to help them find and apply for assistance programs thanks to a law sponsored in the Senate by State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago).

“There are countless assistance programs offered by campuses, communities and the state for students to take advantage of,” Pacione-Zayas said. “Now, an on-campus benefits navigator can help students find and apply for programs for food or housing assistance, scholarships, and more.”

The new law requires each public university and community college in Illinois to designate a benefits navigator to assist students in identifying and applying for benefit programs and campus-wide and community assistance programs.

Additionally, the benefits navigator will participate in a statewide consortium with navigators from other universities and colleges to develop best practices and coordinate information.

“The benefits navigator will be a go-to person for students needing to traverse campus and community resources and will help to address resource insecurities like food and housing that many college students face,” said State Representative Maurice West, House sponsor of the legislation. “Having benefit navigators in our colleges and universities will ensure many students obtain the tools and resources they need to successfully complete college and make a better life for themselves and their families.”

Gov. JB Pritzker signed the measure into law Tuesday. It goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2023.

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We Will Chicago Framework Plan 

The City of Chicago has released the first draft of their first citywide plan since 1966. Review and give your thoughts on the draft We Will Chicago Framework Plan at

Free bikes to be distibuted by CDOT 

CDOT will be distributing 5,000 FREE bikes and safety equipment over the next few years! With a focus on climate mitigation and environmental justice, the Bike Chicago program is now accepting application until Aug. 4—learn more and apply at  

Summer camps and programs for students of all ages

CPS summer programs

CPS-run summer programs help students receive extra academic, social and emotional support, connect them with their school communities, and encourage them to explore new skills so they are ready and confident when the 2022–23 school year begins. You can browse programs at For the most up-to-date information about the summer programs available to your child, we encourage you to reach out to your child’s school directly.  

Additional programs through Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, and My CHI. My Future.

In addition to CPS-run programs, Chicago also offers amazing weekend and summer programs — and job opportunities — through the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library and the city’s My CHI. My Future site. Please visit these partners to find programs that are right for your family.

 Summer sports

CPS’ Office of Sports Administration (OSA) is excited to announce our programming for the 2022 CPS Summer Sports Skills Camps for students entering grades 5–12! Summer sports skills camps are an opportunity for current elementary and high school students to develop their skills in their favorite sport or learn about new sports FREE OF CHARGE. The District will be running summer sports skills camps from July 6–28, 2022 at over 15 sites across the city, including schools, athletic centers, and parks. Camps will run Monday–Thursday each week unless noted otherwise. Please review the summer camp offerings and registration portal  to sign your student up for summer programming.

Where to find COVID-19 vaccines and boosters in Chicago

COVID-19 booster shots (Pfizer) are available for anyone age 5 and older. Chicago offers various options for when and where to receive a first or second dose or a booster shot. Visit  on the City of Chicago website.  

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Springfield, IL 62706
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Chicago, IL 60618
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