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Virtual Coffeehouse

TOMORROW is our second Virtual Coffeehouse at 10am. Sign up now to share your questions, receive the link, and join me in conversation.

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In a joint effort with Senator Karina Villa’s office, the joint Advisory Committees exist to learn about and discuss specific topics in the scope of policy and legislation. Committees meet once each month and are led by community volunteers. Contact the respective email to join their list to receive information on upcoming meetings.

Education Advisory Committeeeducation.49th@gmail.com
Environment & Agriculture Advisory Committeeenvironment.49th@gmail.com
Mental Health Advisory Committeementalhealth.49th@gmail.com
Senior Advisory Committeeseniors.49th@gmail.com

Calling all youth artists! This month, I’m inviting local children and teens to brighten my social media to celebrate the importance of visual arts. Submitted artwork may be featured throughout the month as social media graphics. Please send your drawings, paintings or graphic art designs to office+art@repmaura49.com, along with your name, grade, school, and town. I can’t wait to see all that you’ve created!  

 

 

COVID Ambassadors

Illinois COVID-19 Ambassadors are Illinoisans across the state who play a vital role in supporting current state efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 by promoting and sharing information among their friends, family, peers and neighbors on prevention measures, testing resources, COVID-19 vaccine and other relevant information. Any Illinoisan can volunteer to be an Ambassador.

Become a COVID Ambassador

Illinois COVID-19 Vaccine deployment

Illinois has developed an equity-centric approach to vaccination based on guidelines from doctors and medical professionals at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our state is delivering the vaccine in phases, beginning with people who are the highest risk of mortality and exposure to coronavirus. 
Vaccinations occur by appointment and as a greater supply of vaccines become available, new vaccination sites are being created all around Illinois. You can find out where vaccinations are given locally by visiting bit.ly/VaccinationLocations.
COVID-19 vaccines are available free at the point of service through a partnership with the federal government. You will not be charged a co-pay or face a deductible just for getting a coronavirus vaccination.
You can find out more about vaccine safety and availability by visiting bit.ly/ILVaccineFAQs. If you have other questions about COVID-19, I encourage you to contact the Illinois Department of Public Health at 1-800-889-3931 or dph.sick@illinois.gov. You can also view the latest news about COVID-19 in Illinois by visiting coronavirus.illinois.gov.

Find Illinois Vaccine Locations

Visit your county’s health department site for more tailored information on current infection, transmission, and vaccination rates and new local vaccination sites.

Vaccines for Veterans- Hines VA

Currently, VA is offering COVID-19 vaccine to Veterans already receiving care from the VA, based on CDC and VA risk criteria. If you’re eligible to get a vaccine, your VA health care team will contact you. Check the Hines VA site here for further details.
Veterans who are not enrolled or do not currently receive care at VA can visit VA’s Eligibility web page to learn more: Eligibility For VA Health Care | Veterans Affairs

 

Help your Senior friends & neighbors

Access to COVID-19 Vaccines is available to all Illinois seniors age 65 and over. But access is limited if those seniors are not fluent in internet usage or even computers and email. Many have been helped by their children or friends to get an appointment, but many more do not have those resources to make appointments for them. 

The organizations listed below have agreed to help area seniors with technology issues/difficulty registering for vaccine appointments or information.
If you know of a senior who does not have access to a computer or do not have an email address, ask them to call:
Seniors Services Associates: 630-897-4035 (Aurora), or 847-741-0404 (Elgin).
AgeGuide Northeastern Illinois: 630-293-5990
Association for Individual Development (AID): 630-966-9393
Aurora Public Library District: 630-264-4117
Aurora Township: 630-897-8777 Ext. 1178
Batavia RSVP: 630-406-9993
Family Focus: 331-256-5980
Fox Valley Community Services: 815-786-9404
Gail Borden Public Library District: 847-742-2411
Geneva Public Library District: 630-232-0780
Hampshire Township: 847-683-9464
Kane Senior Council: 630-338-0999
Retina Health Institute – Dr Rashmi Kapur: 847-488-1030
St. Charles Public Library: 630-584-0076
Two Rivers Head Start Agency: 630-264-1444

 

 

 

IDNR Grants

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is now accepting applications for grants through four different programs: 

  • Volunteer Fire Assistance Program,
  • Special Wildlife Funds Wildlife Preservation Fund – Wildlife Rehabilitation Facilities Program, 
  • State Furbearer Fund, and
  • Coastal Management Grants Program

Each grant program has specific eligibility criteria, project guidelines, application guidelines, and scoring criteria. Potential applicants for all of these programs can find more information on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website.

View the Notice of Funding Opportunity for these programs or browse all State of Illinois grant opportunities.

 

 

 

Rep Maura Hirschauer
District Office

 

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Hello Friends,

On Wednesday January 13, I was sworn in as a member of the 102nd General Assembly. It is an honor to represent the hard working people of Illinois House District 49, and I am proud to be a part of significant change in the Illinois House of Representatives. On the heels of the passage of historic criminal justice reform, the 102nd General Assembly elected Emanuel “Chris” Welch, to be the first Black Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives. Together as a General Assembly, and with guidance and support from our communities, we will navigate the challenges ahead with grace, grit, and unity.

Maura on her Inauguration Day

Reps Welch and Hirschauer

I would like to give a special note of gratitude to my family, who joined me on the house floor for the swearing-in ceremony via zoom. It was lovely to celebrate this moment, that we all worked so hard for, with them, together, although we are apart.

I was fortunate to spend the days before our swearing-in observing and absorbing the action of lame duck session. I sat in on committee hearings, watched floor debates, and attended democratic caucus meetings. The lessons I learned in those few days, and the relationships I formed in the wee hours of session with freshman and veteran legislators on both sides of the aisle, will be valuable in the coming years. 

Throughout the course of our campaign I had the opportunity to meet many of you; you were generous with your time at the doors and on the phone. I listened to all of your concerns including those about the pandemic, access to healthcare, and our state finances. Above all you expressed the need for honest, transparent, ethical leadership and I promise to provide that. There is much work to be done, and I will center your voices, ideas, and needs in every decision I make. 

To assist in the work ahead we have an amazing district team in place. I am pleased to introduce you to Miguel and Kat, who are already hard at work, helping our communities access the support they need to lead full, equitable, healthy lives. 

Miguel Molina-Ventura is our District Director. He comes to the 49th district hot off of a successful voter outreach position in Georgia and played a critical role in flipping the U.S. Senate. Miguel graduated from Valparaiso University with a degree in Political Science, with a focus on Public Policy and Public Administration. Miguel also brings with him experience as a field organizer for the Elizabeth Warren campaign. Miguel is bilingual and will provide critical support for our Spanish speaking community. We are lucky to have his passion and commitment to constituent service in our office. Welcome Miguel!

Kat Maggio is our Technology Director. Through her work with local non profits, Kat brings strong ties to the communities of the 49th district. Her comprehensive knowledge of technology and her 20+ years of experience in IT, including project management, helpdesk, systems design and management, and digital communications, perfectly suit her for this new, exciting role. She has been hard at work developing our website and social media platforms and is the brains behind our digital presence. Kat lives in Batavia with her husband and two children.

Together, Miguel, Kat, and I are here to answer your questions and provide support on issues big and small. We are officially open for business and here to serve you!

946 Neltnor Blvd #108
West Chicago, IL 60185
Phone: 331-465-9661
Email: office@repmaura49.com

Please call, email, or use the form on our website to request an appointment during regular business hours. Throughout Illinois’ phased Coronavirus response, we will continue to meet with constituents via appointments- in person or on virtually.

In the coming days I will have more information to share on my committee assignments and legislative agenda. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to this District 49 newsletter using the sign-up at the bottom of any page of our new State Representative site to receive updates from me and our team on the latest developments in Springfield. If I learned one thing from my experience attending lame duck, it is that democracy never sleeps!

Coming in our next newsletter
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
We’ll help you navigate the resources to your vaccination.

Thank you for allowing me to represent you in the 102nd General Assembly. There is a lot of work ahead; beginning with mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 virus, overseeing the distribution of vaccines, and helping our communities to rebuild after a year of job loss, school interruptions, and health scares. I am ready to take on these challenges and more as we move forward to a bright, healthy future.

With gratitude,


Maura

 

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