Press Release: Rep. Hirschauer Urges Gun Control Following Highland Park Shooting




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WEST CHICAGO, Ill. — State Rep. Maura Hirschauer, D-Batavia, released the following statement in response to the tragic Fourth of July shooting in Highland Park, Illinois:

“Yesterday, on a day dedicated to celebrating freedom, a community’s freedom to gather in peace was shattered by gunfire: a uniquely American tragedy on a uniquely American holiday. I stand in solace with the victims and survivors of yesterday’s mass shooting in Highland Park. My heart is with the community that, like so many other communities in this state and country, is reeling from the effects of gun violence.

“Gun violence is a complex and multifaceted public health crisis, but make no mistake — above all else, it is about guns.  It is about access to guns, proliferation of guns and adoration of guns. We cannot move forward in peace and security until we address access to assault weapons and high capacity magazines. No family should feel unsafe celebrating at a parade, shopping at their local grocery store, gathering in a park or dropping their children off at school. The state of Illinois has the power and opportunity to take decisive action that will keep our communities safe. We must act. 

“We must honor the victims of this injustice not only with our words, but with our actions. That’s why I will continue fighting to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines, and create an assault weapons registry. We are not free until we are safe from gun violence.”

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June Updates from State Representative Maura Hirschauer




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Contents
Upcoming Events
Reflection
Legislative Update
June Recap – In the District
 

Upcoming Events

 

Paletas Storytime with Representative Hirschauer 

July 6, 2022
West Chicago Public Library
: 118 W Washington St, West Chicago, IL 60185 

6:00PM- 7:00PM 

Bring your kids to get a free paleta and to be immersed in a good story read by Representative Hirschauer. Limited to 60 attendants. Paletas will be served first come, first serve. See you all there! 
 

Community Shredding Event

Hosted by KCT Credit Union & West Chicago Public Library District

Saturday, August 27, 2022

9am-11am

West Chicago Public Library: 118 W Washington St, West Chicago, IL 60185 

Fight identity theft and needless clutter at home by bringing your personal documents to our shredding event to have them safely shredded. Only paper materials will be accepted, small paper clips and staples do not need to be removed. Shredding accepted until shred truck is full.

Reflection

In June we celebrated Juneteenth for the second time as a national holiday, commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States.  In June we also celebrated the LGBTQ community with Pride month, a time of reflecting on how far we have come to be a more inclusive and just nation. Both of these celebrations serve also to remind us why we continue to fight for equity and equality for all.

Reproductive Rights are under attack. The Supreme Court has pushed our country in the wrong direction with their decision to allow states to curtail some of the most private and personal rights of their residents. Abortion is still safe and legal in Illinois. As a result of the SCOTUS ruling we will see the rights of our neighbors crumble and we must look towards supporting and expanding access to the full spectrum of reproductive health care. Our work is not done here in Illinois. Onward we fight! 
 

Legislative Update

Historic Early Childhood Education Investments

Representative Hirschauer Stands with the communities of Bartlett and Elgin to Stop CPKC, June 15, 2022

June Recap

Check out these posts for pics & more info about @RepMaura ‘s events in the past month.
Visit to Elgin Community College May 24, 2022
Educare’s 10 Year Anniversary Celebration June 2, 2022
Declaration of June 3, 2022 as Gun Violence Awareness Day, June 2, 2022

Veterans’ Breakfast , June 4, 2022
Father’s Day Celebration with AgeGuide, June 8, 2022 
WeGo Art Exhibit, Alebrijes: Creatures of a Dream World  
Casa Michoacán Mariposas Migrantes Gràphica Michoacana exhibit, June 11, 2022
Flag Day Celebration in Batavia, June 14, 2022
AgeGuide SAIL Program, June 16, 2022
The 49th District in Action: Celebrating Pride Month  June, 2022 

 

We are here to listen to the needs of all constituents. Feel free to reach out to my office at 331-465-9661 for any issues or concerns. We are here to serve.  

Rep Maura Hirschauer
District Office

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State Rep. Hirschauer Appointed to Community Health Workers Review Board

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Representative Maura Hirschauer, D-Batavia, has been appointed by Illinois Speaker of the House Emanuel “Chris” Welch, to the Community Health Workers Review Board (CHWRB). The board, created in 2021 by Article 5 of HB 158, will serve as the regulatory body which develops and oversees initial certification and certification renewal of community health workers.

“I am honored to have been chosen for this appointment,” said Rep. Hirschauer. “Ensuring that community health workers have a fair, efficient and effective certification and renewal process is critical to providing Illinoisans with high quality healthcare services.”

HB 158 is referred to as the Illinois Health Care and Human Service Reform Act, and contains provisions addressing community health workers, hospital reform, medical implicit bias training, substance abuse and mental health, access to health care, hospital closures, managed care organization reform and maternal and infant mortality.

Hirschauer’s appointment was pursuant to SB 336, passed later in 2021, in response to agency feedback, and which contained additional provisions to better effectuate the requirements of HB 158. Under SB 336, the Speaker of the House is tasked with making several appointments to the Board, including three legislators.

The other legislators appointed by Welch were Rep. LaToya Greenwood and Rep. Camille Y. Lilly.

“Healthcare is a human right and high quality healthcare requires that the qualified professionals who provide it can continue to do their vital work with a minimum of bureaucratic interruption and red tape,” said Hirschauer. “But this has to be balanced against the need to ensure that corners are not cut. My colleagues and I look forward to taking on this challenge and helping to enhance healthcare outcomes throughout our state.”

For more information call Rep. Hirschauer at 331-465-9661 or email office@repmaura49.com.

Rep. Maura HirschauerState Rep. Hirschauer Appointed to Community Health Workers Review Board

(D-Batavia)
49th District

    Springfield Office:
    276-S Stratton Office Building
    Springfield, IL 62706
    (217) 782-1653

    District Office:
    946 Neltnor Blvd #108
    West Chicago IL 60185

    Free Veterans’ Breakfast THIS Saturday




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    Local Vets invited to a free Veterans' Breakfast at VFW Post 6791, 431 N Neltnor Blvd, West Chicago, IL 60185

    June 4 – 9am-11am

    Representative Hirschauer is a member of the Illinois House of Representatives Veterans’ Affairs Committee. She is inviting local veterans to share their thoughts on legislation and how it affects military veterans, their families, and communities, over breakfast at the VFW in West Chicago.

    Seats are still available, but the favor of an RSVP is requested via registration form or a call (331-465-9661) or email to the office by Friday afternoon.

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    Local Vets invited to a free Veterans' Breakfast at VFW Post 6791, 431 N Neltnor Blvd, West Chicago, IL 60185

    June 4 – 9am-11am

    Representative Hirschauer is a member of the Illinois House of Representatives Veterans’ Affairs Committee. She is inviting local veterans to share their thoughts on legislation and how it affects military veterans, their families, and communities, over breakfast at the VFW in West Chicago.

    Seats are still available, but the favor of an RSVP is requested via registration form or a call (331-465-9661) or email to the office by Friday afternoon.

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    Local Vets invited to a free Veterans' Breakfast at VFW Post 6791, 431 N Neltnor Blvd, West Chicago, IL 60185

    June 4 – 9am-11am

    Representative Hirschauer is a member of the Illinois House of Representatives Veterans’ Affairs Committee. She is inviting local veterans to share their thoughts on legislation and how it affects military veterans, their families, and communities, over breakfast at the VFW in West Chicago.

    Seats are still available, but the favor of an RSVP is requested via registration form or a call (331-465-9661) or email to the office by Friday afternoon.

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    Representative Hirschauer is a member of the Illinois House Public Safety and Violence Prevention Task Force, which met Thursday, May 26. Springfield NBC affiliate WGEM shared an update on this week’s meeting.

    https://www.week.com/2022/05/26/illinois-lawmakers-look-into-root-causes-violence-following-latest-national-incidents/

    https://www.wifr.com/2022/05/25/legislators-push-make-schools-feel-safer-kids/

    Thank you to WIFR reporter Colin Hollingsworth who reached out this week to talk about Representative Hirschauer’s HB2400, signed into law last year, that changed the way Illinois schools conduct lockdown drills. Here is a clip from Wednesday’s livecast and you can see their final posted article at their website.

    State Rep. Hirschauer Appointed to Community Health Workers Review Board

    WEST CHICAGO, Ill. – Following media reports of leaked documents indicating the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade may be overturned, state Rep. Maura Hirschauer, D-Batavia, released the following statement:

    “The leaked draft opinion on the future of Roe v. Wade is dangerous and deserves our full outrage and attention. Here in Illinois, we fought to codify reproductive freedom in the Reproductive Health Act in 2019. Here in Illinois, all folks have autonomy over their health choices despite what happens in the Supreme Court.

    To protect the right to safe abortion in Illinois, I sponsored House Bill 1464. The bill clarifies that a medical professional licensed in Illinois cannot be disciplined in Illinois if another state suspends or revokes their license for participating in or performing an abortion. In what may turn out to be a post-Roe era, it is essential we protect our providers from unnecessary sanctions so they can continue to provide vital reproductive health care services.

    The ability to make personal health care decisions should not be dependent on your zip code or bank account balance. Make no mistake, this leaked decision, if held true, will disproportionately affect poor people and people of color and will turn back the clock on any small steps towards equity and justice we have made over the years. We must not go back.”

    Rep. Maura HirschauerState Rep. Hirschauer Appointed to Community Health Workers Review Board

    (D-Batavia)
    49th District

      Springfield Office:
      276-S Stratton Office Building
      Springfield, IL 62706
      (217) 782-1653

      District Office:
      946 Neltnor Blvd #108
      West Chicago IL 60185

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      What’s Happening in the 49th District!

      Updates from Representative Hirschauer

      Contents
      Notes from Maura
      Legislative Update

      Around the District
      District Office in Action
      Upcoming Events
      Notices of Funding Opportunities
      Scholarships Available
      Internships Available
      Employment Opportunities

      Notes from Maura

      Hello friends!

      April is National Volunteer Month and I would like to give a special shout-out to all you amazing volunteers out there! Whether you help out at your local food bank, hang with the animals at a nearby shelter, or volunteer at your kiddo’s school, you make our community a better place by sharing your time and your talents with others. We all rise when we help others. Thank you for making our community great!

      Are you looking for volunteer opportunities? Join our office on Fridays and Saturdays as we help with weekly food distribution at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in West Chicago. Many families in our community are feeling the effects of inflation and unsure of where to find their next meal. Pastor Josh’s weekly food distribution provides resources for those who need it the most. Volunteers are needed to help pack and distribute food boxes. Call or email our office for details.
       

      Legislative Update

      The first week of April was a busy one in Springfield as my colleagues and I worked hard to meet the end of session deadline of April 9. Our number one priority was passing a fiscally and socially responsible budget. I am proud that we came together to create a budget that gives financial relief to the people and families that need it most, while also taking steps to restore the fiscal responsibility of the state. This budget also funds key initiatives around health care equity, community development, and business attraction. 

      To combat inflation, our budget includes a one time infusion of more than $1.8 billion dollars in aid for people and families. Here are some key elements: 

      • We are suspending the grocery tax for a year, saving consumers $400 million
      • We are freezing the gas tax for 6 months-saving consumers $70 million
      • We are doubling the property tax rebate to save up to $300 per household
      • We are increasing and expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit to cover more people, including immigrants. 
      • To assist working-class parents as they manage the pressures of inflation, we are giving EIC tax filers additional one-time direct checks for $50 per adult filer and $100 for each of their children.
      • We are doubling the teacher tax credit for purchasing classroom materials and creating a back-to-school tax holiday for all consumers.
      In addition to supporting Illinois families we have made strides to be responsible stewards of our state finances. The fiscally-responsible steps we are taking will continue to raise Illinois’ credit rating and improve our financial forecast. These steps will also save on future interest payments that otherwise would continue to eat into our budget. We will be able to spend that extra money on essential services for the people of Illinois.
      • $9.6B will go to fully funding our pension obligations for fiscal year 2023. Countless Illinoisans worked for years to earn their pensions, and we must honor the commitment we made to them. 
      • We are paying down $4B in unpaid bills which includes:
        • All COVID-19-related borrowing
        • $900M in delayed health insurance bills
        • $500M in pension stabilization
        • Late payment interest
      • We’re infusing $1B into the once-depleted Rainy Day Fund
      After the budget signing, my social media highlighted different areas of the budget in more detail. You can find these on my Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter feeds.

      I am proud to announce that the Fox Valley Park District was awarded a much needed appropriation for exciting new improvements to Lippold Park. As part of their comprehensive plan to expand outdoor education programming and multi-use space at Lippold Park the FVPD will be constructing a pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Fox River to connect East to West. This project will increase access to Red Oak Nature Center and will open up the trail for even more folks to use. We are so excited about this project and I am happy to have helped advocate for this much needed capital appropriation.

      In addition to the budget, in the last days of session we passed important public safety legislation.
      • HB4383 Senate Amendment 2 – Ghost Gun Ban (Hirschauer Chief-Cosponsor) – with the passage of this bill Illinois became the 12th state to ban unserialized firearms, including those that can be 3D printed or made from kits. As an advocate of common sense gun violence prevention, I am very proud of this bill. The rise in ghost guns is the fastest growing gun safety problem facing our state. Requiring serial numbers for ghost guns will help law enforcement solve crimes. Furthermore, prohibiting the purchase, sale, and manufacturing of ghost guns is a critical component to common-sense gun safety legislation.
      • Other public safety initiatives in this budget total nearly half a billion, with new dollars going toward youth intervention programs, witness protection, and police recruitment. More than $70 million has been allocated for domestic violence prevention, as well as $2 million for expanding trauma recovery centers.
      Despite the shortened session, we were very busy in Springfield! For a more in depth update please consider joining me for my “End of Session Town Hall” on Tuesday May 10 at 7pm. Register on my website.
      Register to come to the Town Hall on Tuesday, May 10, 7pm on Zoom

      Maura

      Around the District

      Rep Hirschauer  had so much fun talking with 4th grade students at Alice Gustafson and 5th graders at J.B. Nelson Elementary Schools in Batavia. The future is BRIGHT with these smart, curious, and thoughtful kiddos at the helm. Thank you having Batavia Public School District 101 for having the Representative!

      District Office in Action

      Intern Mariah and Rep Maura work to package perishable foods for tomorrow's food drive.You may have seen our recent press release highlighting the additional needs of our local food pantries. The office is in contact with Pastor Josh at St.Andrew’s on a regular basis, is hosting a food drive this month along with Senator Villa’s office, and securing additional donations from some of our local companies and organizations. Today we helped with the preparations for tomorrow’s food pick up and are looking forward to next week’s Whole Family Health Fair at that same location!
      If you hear a knock at your door, it may be our office out connecting with constituents and getting the word out about our services and events. After her time in Springfield, Maura is enjoying these opportunities to get out into the district to meet up with constituents one-on-one and hear about their needs and concerns.
      District 49 is expanding our staff! If you have a passion for serving the community and are interested in the ways our state office can serve constituents, then this could be an opportunity for you! We are currently accepting local applicants for a Constituent Service and Community Outreach Coordinator, as well as for Fall Interns. Contact the office at 331-465-9661 with questions or submit a cover letter, resume, and references to office@repmaura49.com.

      Upcoming Events

      April 27 – Mobile DMV
      with Senator Karina Villa
      10am-2pm
      West Chicago Public Library
      118 W Washington St, West Chicago
      Whole Family Health Fair
      Food Distribution and Health Resources
      Saturday Apr 30, 8am-12pm
      St. Andrew Church
      155 N Prince Crossing Rd, West Chicago
      Spring Town Hall Meeting
      Tuesday May 10, 7pm-8pm
      Zoom
      Registration Required
      Veterans’ Breakfast
      Saturday June 4, 9am-11am
      VFW West Chicago
      431 N Neltnor Blvd, West Chicago

      Around the State

      Notices of Funding Opportunities

      Description Deadline
      Illinois BioDiversity Field Trip Grant January 31, 2023
      DCEO (State + Federal) Various
      Illinois Catalog of State Financial Assistance Various
      Upcoming: IDOA Local Food Purchase Assistance Program (LFPA)
       

      Scholarships

      Aspiring Black CPA Scholarship May 1

      Internships

      District Office Academic Internships – Fall Submit resume & cover letter to office@repmaura49.com
      IDES- Summer Job Info & Career Planning for High Schoolers & College Students

      Employment

      Work For Illinois – State Employment Portal
      Constituent Service and Community Outreach Coordinator ongoing
      Apprenticeships in Illinois – info for jobseekers as well as employers!
       

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