Estimado vecino,

Con el cambio de estación, muchas personas pueden tener dificultad para no pasar frio, o pueden comenzar a buscar formas para involucrarse en las decisiones para elaborar políticas públicas que impactan a su comunidad. Por ello, me alegra compartir recursos que ofrecen asistencia financiera -incluyendo el programa piloto de ingreso garantizado a través del Condado de Cook- así como información sobre cómo contactar a mi oficina para expresar su voz en asuntos importantes como prevención de la violencia, temas ambientales y educación.

Como siempre, siéntase en libertad de contactar mi oficina llamando al 773-278-2020, mandando un mensaje de texto a 773-207-7838, o enviándonos una nota a www.senatorpacionezayas.com/contact-us.

Sinceramente,

Senadora Estatal Cristina Pacione-Zayas | Distrito 20

Inicio de la Mesa de Trabajo sobre Políticas Públicas

Las personas que están más cerca de los problemas son quienes con frecuencia tienen las mejores soluciones. Desafortunadamente, quienes tienen que vivir bajo los efectos de políticas públicas decididas por el gobierno raramente tienen un asiento en la mesa de negociación. Mi oficina del Senado está determinada a crear los espacios para que la gente del Distrito 20 esté en la mesa—a través de nuestro programa Mesa de Trabajo sobre Políticas Públicas.

Nuestras Mesas de Trabajo –conformadas por un grupo de residentes del distrito que se reúnen para definir las prioridades sobre políticas públicas e incluso ser coautores de legislación —comenzarán a reunirse nuevamente a través de Zoom. Si usted tiene ideas sobre las políticas gubernamentales, prevención de la violencia, el medio ambiente, vivienda, educación, salud, o negocios pequeños y la fuerza laboral, lo invito a asistir. Para más información dé clic aquí.

Programa Piloto de Ingreso Garantizado del Condado de Cook

El Programa de Ingreso Garantizado del Condado de Cook ofrecerá $500 en pagos mensuales en efectivo a 3,250 residentes del condado por 24 meses.

Es elegible para solicitar, si usted:

* Es mayor de 18 años;

* Es residente del condado Cook;

* El ingreso de su hogar está 250% por debajo del nivel federal de la pobreza, y 

* Que usted u otra persona en su hogar reciba fondos de otro programa piloto de ingreso garantizado. Esto incluye al programa piloto de Comunidades Resilientes de la Ciudad de Chicago.

Usted puede ser elegible independientemente de su estatus migratorio, de vivienda o empleo.  

¡La fecha límite para solicitar es el 21 de octubre! Para más información visite http://www.engagecookcounty.com/promise

Programa de Asistencia a Cuentas de Energía para Hogares de Bajos Recursos (LIHEAP)

Conforme el clima es más frio es importante que las familias cuenten con la ayuda que necesitan. #LIHEAP ofrece asistencia con el pago de cuentas de energía del 1 de septiembre al 31 de mayo a las familias que califiquen. Vea si usted es elegible visitando helpillinoisfamilies.com

Oportunidades de empleo en y al rededor del Distrito 20

Revise mi página de internet con la lista de oportunidades de trabajo en Chicago y en el Distrito 20. Ahí, encontrará enlaces a empleos con el Estado de Illinois, las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago, organizaciones locales y más.

Próximos Eventos

  • Khepri Café’s Halloween Bash – 29 de octubre a las 11 AM
  • Feria de Salud De Otoño – 5 de Noviembre de 9 AM - 12 PM en Kosciuszko (Thadeuz) Park
  • Feria de Recursos a la Educación Temprana – 12 de Noviembre de 11 AM - 2 PM en McCormick YMCA

¿Qué he estado haciendo?

Vea lo que he estado haciendo recientemente en el distrito – incluyendo las contribuciones honorificas de Gertrud Kolmar sobre dedicar un parque local, mi lucha para garantizar la seguridad reproductiva recaudando fondos para el Chicago Abortion Fund, y escribiendo tarjetas para enviarlas a estados vecinos, poniendo en acción la campaña 3Rs para el Rescate, Alivio y Reconstrucción de Puerto Rico de The Puerto Rican Agenda para atender las necesidades luego del impacto del huracán Fiona, y los problemas de largo plazo del estatus colonial de la isla; conducir una junta comunitaria con el Senador Omar Aquino sobre la legislación SAFE-T Act, y di la bienvenida a los vecinos en mi oficina distrital en nuestro evento de Puertas Abiertas.

Dé clic aquí para más información: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorPacioneZayas/posts/488139743326669

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CHICAGO –To explain how the SAFE-T Act works to make the criminal legal system more equitable, State Senator Cristina H. Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago) and State Senator Omar Aquino (D—Chicago) are holding a virtual town hall on Monday, Oct. 3.

“Before this law, the criminal legal system disproportionately favored folks with more money—which is not ’justice’ at all,” Pacione-Zayas said. “The SAFE-T Act will make sure offenders of serious crimes are not able to walk free just because they can afford bail, keeping our communities safer and creating more accountability for serious crimes.”

The SAFE-T Act Town Hall will be held Monday, October 3 from 6-7:30 p.m. over Zoom. To pre-register for the virtual town hall, click here.

Under current law, people who commit serious crimes, such as murder, rape, sex offenses or gun crimes, can use cash to pay for their release, while people charged with minor offenses who cannot afford cash bail have to sit in jail awaiting trial. This unfairly allows people with more financial resources to evade the consequences of their actions, while keeping people with less financial resources from going to work and caring for their families by holding them in jail.

To address these issues, the SAFE-T Act gives the judge the power to determine if a person charged with a crime will be held or released. When the Act goes into effect, judges will be able to hold someone they deem as “too dangerous” regardless of their ability to pay for bail. This change will make sure those accused of serious crimes are kept out of the community, no matter how much money they have, and people who are charged with minor offenses can be released if they do not pose a risk to others.

Additionally, this law takes the first steps to rectify the disproportionate negative impact of the current criminal legal system on people with low income. Under a cash bail system, people living in poverty who are charged with nonviolent crimes are held in jail before being convicted of the crime they were charged with. This means that people who are arrested and found innocent after a trial have to miss work, school, or other obligations that can negatively impact their financial status. Many may end up losing their jobs or living situations because of the money lost in this time period. Dissolving the cash bail system will give people who are accused of committing a nonviolent crime the opportunity to continue to earn money and support their family between the time of their arrest and their trial date, preventing folks from slipping further into poverty if they were unable to afford bail.    

"People deemed to be a danger to others or themselves will remain in jail if a judge decides so," Senator Aquino said. "The SAFE-T Act is not a tool for impunity, but it's a venue to stop the historical unfairness of keeping poor people in jail for not being able to "buy out" their freedom as wealthy people do in the current system. Senator Pacione-Zayas and I will happily explain this and any other concerns to our constituents in our virtual town hall meeting." 

Category: Press Releases

Pacione Zayas OpenHouse 100722CHICAGO –State Senator Cristina H. Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago) is excited to open the doors to her District Office to members of her community for an open house on Oct. 7.

“The foundation of my work as a public servant is connecting with members of my community, and making sure their needs are represented in government,” Pacione-Zayas said. “I am ecstatic to meet with my constituents and hear about their concerns, as well as providing any assistance we can regarding issues with state agencies.”

Senator Pacione-Zayas’ open house will be held from 3-6 p.m at her district office, located at 3140 W. Montrose Ave.

The open house will provide members of the community with the opportunity to speak with the Senator about important government issues. Staff members will be available to help residents with issues they are having connecting with state agencies, or receiving state benefits such as unemployment. They will also have the chance to tour where the Senator and her staff get to work for their district, as well as make connections with other folks in the community who are passionate about government issues.

The event is co-sponsored by the Spanish Coalition for Housing, which is providing assistance with Universal Basic Income applications. This new program under the Cook County Pilot program may grant $500 monthly payments for two years to qualifying applicants. Senator Pacione-Zayas encourages her constituents to apply, and to attend the open house if they have questions.

“Spanish Coalition for Housing (SCH) values our collaboration with Senator Pacione-Zayas,” Joseph Lopez, SCH Executive Director said. “Our team is prepared to assist individuals and families throughout the district to learn about and apply to Cook County Promise Guaranteed Income Pilot Program.”

 

Category: Press Releases

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Dear friend,

On September 18, the entire island of Puerto Rico has lost power when Hurricane Fiona hit, bringing violent winds, heavy rain, catastrophic flooding and landslides to the island. LUMA Energy, the main source of power on Puerto Rico, has stated it will take days to get the power back up to all residents. This is deeply concerning, as many folks on the island will not have access to food, water, basic sanitation needs, and their ability to connect to family or work for as long as they are without power.

The basic needs of Puerto Ricans, such as access to power or supplies, have historically been overlooked and ignored, leading to unnecessarily long periods of recovery, resulting in economic stagnation and widespread health and safety concerns for residents. I am working with the Puerto Rican Agenda of Chicago to provide immediate assistance to folks on the island, as well as advocate for long-term infrastructure changes. Read more for opportunities to provide relief to Puerto Ricans.  

Additionally, in the past month, many folks have reached out to my office asking for more information about their tax rebates, and with questions about the SAFE-T act after graphics with disinformation were spread on social media. I am happy to address these questions for you all. Read on to find out if you qualify for up to $600 in tax rebates, to learn what the SAFE-T act will actually do, my upcoming town hall, and the importance of making the criminal legal system hold wealthy criminals accountable, 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 www.senatorpacionezayas.com/contact-us.

Sincerely,

State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas | 20th District

Puerto Rico Relief Efforts – Puerto Rican Agenda of Chicago

The Puerto Rican Agenda stands ready to re-energize the 3Rs for Puerto Rico: Rescue, Relief, Rebuild campaign to provide the same form of collective solidarity to our friends and family who have been impacted by Hurricane Fiona. Donate to the campaign by making an online contribution HERE.

For more information on the Agenda’s work and goals, click here: https://www.puertoricanchicago.org/3rs-for-puerto-rico-faqs

Tax Rebate Information

Chances are you are one of the millions of Illinoisans set to receive direct financial relief as part of the Illinois Family Relief Plan I was proud to support during the spring legislative session.

Good news: Rebates are expected to hit bank accounts starting the week of Sept. 12.

If you filed 2021 Illinois taxes, you may be eligible to receive up to $700! Individual filers who make less than $200,000 will receive a $50 income tax rebate, and couples who make less than $400,000 will receive $100. Filers are also eligible for $100 per dependent, with a maximum of three. 

Additionally, if you paid property taxes in 2021 on your primary residence in 2020 – and you make less than $250,000 individually or $500,000 jointing – you are eligible for up to $300. Your rebate will be equal to the property tax you were qualified to claim on your 2021 taxes.

If you filed taxes you will automatically receive your rebate – otherwise you have until Oct. 17 to do so.

For more information on how the funds will be dispersed or to see if you qualify visit tax.illinois.gov/rebates.

To check the status of your rebate, click here and select “Where’s My Rebate?” You will need to have your IL-PIN number to check the status. To find your IL-PIN number, click here and select “IL-PIN Inquiry.”

SAFE-T Act Update

There is a lot of disinformation going around about the SAFE-T act right now. To set the record straight, this law is designed to make sure people with a lot of money can’t buy their way out of jail after committing serious crimes like rape or murder, and give folks who committed minor offenses and do not pose a risk to others the opportunity to be released, regardless of their access to money.

If you have more questions about the SAFE-T Act, consider attending my upcoming town hall on the bill. The town hall will be held virtually on Monday, October 3rd from 6-7:30 p.m. To pre-register, click here: https://bit.ly/20SAFE-T

Job Opportunities in and around the 20th District

Check out my 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.

What I’ve Been Up To

Check out my latest district activities and media interviews explaining how we are supporting community safety and the residents of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona! Click here for more information:

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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