overhead view of the apartment buildings that burned in the fire on 11-30-23.

Yesterday, nearly 100 of our neighbors in West Chicago became homeless due to a large fire consuming their homes. The support in the community is immense, with over 40 representatives of organizations present on calls to organize the followup to the first responses from West Chicago Fire Protection District,   West Chicago Police Department, and the Red Cross of Illinois.

Thank you to WeGo Together for Kids for coordinating donations and to New Hope Methodist Church for jumping in immediately and receiving donations for these displaced families and to all the community organizations that are supporting and will continue to support these neighbors in the coming weeks.

Donations Needed:

Monetary donations are needed and welcomed. Anything donated at this link between now and Dec 31 will go toward the fire victims (no need to choose a fund).

Clothing donations CLOSED at this time- please consider a monetary donation or check back if additional items are needed.

The following items are needed for victims of the Main Park Apartments fire. ONLY these items. Please do NOT donate summer clothing, shoes, etc. Families are homeless and have very limited space to store items.
Donations can be dropped off at New Hope Methodist Church, 643 E Washington, West Chicago, 9am-4pm.

NEW

Men’s underwear (boxer briefs): size S-2XL
Women’s underwear size S-XL
Children’s underwear all sizes
Socks for all genders

GENTLY USED

Sweatpants: Men’s size S-2XL, Women’s size S-XL, Kids all sizes
Sweatshirts and warm tops: Men’s size S-2XL, Women’s size S-XL, Kids all sizes
Men’s shoes: Sizes 7, 7.5, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 13
Women’s shoes: Sizes 6-9 fulfilled
Kids’ shoes: all sizes
Bras: preferably sports bra type in all sizes

Follow WeGo Together for Kids for the most up-to-date info on donations needed.

The Illinois Secretary of State’s office is asking Illinois military veterans and their families to share their stories, photos and mementos for future generations as part of the Illinois Veterans History Project. The Illinois Veterans History Project is a statewide initiative that collects, preserves and makes accessible first-hand recollections of veterans and civilians who served the five military branches.

“It is an honor to commemorate the brave Americans who have served our country,” said Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias. “Our state’s Veterans History Project shines a spotlight on veteran voices and serves as a permanent record for Illinois veterans to memorialize their experiences and contributions to ensure they are not forgotten.”

Giannoulias encourages veterans and their family members to submit materials so his office can digitize them and make them available online.

To submit an entry, visit www.ilsos.gov/veteranshistoryproject and complete and fill out an Illinois Patriot Information Form to the Illinois State Library. Completed forms can be submitted electronically to ilvhp@ilsos.gov or by mail to the Illinois State Library, 300 S. Second St., Springfield, IL 62701−1796. For more information about the Illinois Veterans History Project, call (800) 665-5576 – ext. 4, email ilvhp@ilsos.gov or visit the website at www.ilsos.gov/veteranshistoryproject.

The public can visit www.idaillinois.org and search Veterans History Project to view submissions, which can be searched by name, war and hometown of veterans who have submitted materials. Oral history interviews are also available on the project’s YouTube page at youtube.com/user/ilveteransproject.

Banner with US-flag styled stars & stripes on large stars to left and word 'Veterans' on a red banner.

January 10 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

Banner with US-flag styled stars & stripes on large stars to left and word 'Veterans' on a red banner.
  • Join a Veterans Community Advisory Committee
    • Representative Hirschauer invites local veterans to share their thoughts on legislation and how it affects military veterans, their families, and communities. Group will meet periodically throughout the year in-person or on zoom.
  • Local Resources for Veterans
  • State & Federal Program Assistance & Support

6pm Supporting Organization set-up
7pm doors open
7:15pm Brief program

Light appetizers and cash bar will be available.

Please consider registering below to attend the event. This is not required but will help make sure there’s enough food & coffee for everyone and will be shared with participating organizations to facilitate future connections.

Organizations interested in tabling as a service provider, please register HERE.

Free

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791

431 N Neltnor Blvd
West Chicago, Illinois 60185 United States

Your Host

State Representative Maura Hirschauer

331-465-9661

View Organizer Website


Co-Hosts

State Senator Karina Villa

(630) 326-9319

View Organizer Website

State Representative Janet Yang Rohr

630-296-4157

View Organizer Website

This event would not be possible without the support of the following organizations:

Event in the News:

West Chicago Voice

Illinois House Democrats press release (on maurahirschauer.com)

November 18, 2023 @ 1:00 pm 3:00 pm

Celebrate and promote health in our community with Give-aways, health checks, resources!

Connect with local services.

This event would not be possible without the participation or contribution of each of the following organizations.

Free

State Representative Maura Hirschauer

331-465-9661

View Organizer Website

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791

431 N Neltnor Blvd
West Chicago, Illinois 60185 United States

I applaud today’s ruling for commonsense gun safety as a lawmaker, as a Moms Demand Action volunteer, and as a mother myself.

First and foremost, I’m glad to see our Supreme Court upholding the work so many of my neighbors sent me to Springfield to do. I know there is more work to be done, so I am heartened to see that the voices of so many students, moms, and other advocates means more than the money and clout of the gun lobby. And I’m grateful to know, at least in Illinois, we will value our children more than we value guns.

We will not accept the national mania that would have us believe that seeing people massacred in our classrooms, in movie theaters, and on our streets is a price we must pay again and again.

We will act on behalf of the students who have spoken clearly about the need for change; we will comfort the parents who drop their kids off at school and say a silent prayer that they make it home safe; and we will continue the work of ending gun violence in every community in this state.

Yours sincerely,

Maura Hirschauer

Feminine products including pads, tampons, and panty liners, along with personal care items such as socks, underwear, deodorant, travel size soaps & shampoos. Zipper pouches and a drawstring bag complete an example package that will be donated to homeless shelters, school support offices, and other organizations that directly reach populations in need.

June 24, 2023 @ 8:00 am July 28, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

Throughout the month of July, our office is collecting feminine products as part of Go With The Flow‘s annual “Not Your Typical School Supply Drive.”

1 in 5 students will experience period poverty this school year. If students don’t have access to period products, they will not feel confident going to school. This drive’s mission is to keep students attending class and extracurricular activities without having to pause for their period.

Supplies can be dropped off at our West Chicago office from 10am-3pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from June 26-July 28, or bring them early to our Shared Office Open House on June 24!

Supplies Needed:
Pads
Panty Liners
New Underwear (all sizes & styles)
Cosmetic Bags
Deodorant
Face Wash
4oz. Shampoo & Conditioner
4oz. Body Wash & Body Lotion
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Razors & Shave Cream

You can also shop and send directly to Go With the Flow from their Amazon Wish List.

State Representative Maura Hirschauer

331-465-9661

View Organizer Website

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791

431 N Neltnor Blvd
West Chicago, Illinois 60185 United States
State Representative Maura Hirschauer Spring 2023 Town Hall, Thursday July 27, 7pm-8pm, Bartlett Public Library

July 27, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

Join Representative Hirschauer for an End of Session update. Learn about her sponsored or co-sponsored bills that passed, how she and her office are supporting the people of the 49th, and upcoming events and opportunities.

At this event we will be continuing our collection of feminine products for the “Not your typical school supply drive” in collaboration with Go With The Flow. Please consider a product donation to support individuals in need.

Free Register below

State Representative Maura Hirschauer

331-465-9661

View Organizer Website

State Representative Maura Hirschauer Spring 2023 Town Hall, Thursday July 27, 7pm-8pm, Bartlett Public Library

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791

431 N Neltnor Blvd
West Chicago, Illinois 60185 United States
Congress, State Senate, State Representative Shared Office Open House Saturday, June 24, 2023 10am-12pm 946 Neltnor Blvd #102-104 West Chicago, IL 60185 Come Visit Us!

June 24, 2023 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm

My office has joined with the offices of Congresswoman Delia Ramirez (IL-03) and our own State Senator Karina Villa in a single space to serve constituents. Three fierce women joining offices in one space will serve constituents both at the state AND federal levels!

Come visit our new space in West Chicago on Saturday, June 24, 2023 between 10am-12pm.

Program begins at 10:30 with a few words, ribbon cutting, music, and entertainment.

946 N Neltnor Blvd #104, West Chicago, IL 60185

Congress, State Senate, State Representative Shared Office Open House Saturday, June 24, 2023 10am-12pm 946 Neltnor Blvd #102-104 West Chicago, IL 60185 Come Visit Us!

We hope you’ll take this opportunity to also contribute to our collection for the Not Your Typical School Supply drive, supporting Go With the Flow, a local organization that will distribute the products where they are most needed throughout the far western suburbs.

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1 in 5 students will experience period poverty this school year. If students don’t have access to period products, they will not feel confident going to school. This drive’s mission is to keep students attending class and extracurricular activities without having to pause for their period.

Supplies Needed:

  • Pads
  • Panty Liners
  • New Underwear (all sizes & styles)
  • Cosmetic Bags
  • Deodorant
  • Face Wash
  • 4oz. Shampoo & Conditioner
  • 4oz. Body Wash & Body Lotion
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Razors & Shave Cream

State Representative Maura Hirschauer

331-465-9661

View Organizer Website

State Senator Karina Villa

(630) 326-9319

View Organizer Website

Congresswoman Delia Ramirez

(773) 799-8219

View Organizer Website

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6791

431 N Neltnor Blvd
West Chicago, Illinois 60185 United States

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Building on years of advocacy, state Rep. Maura Hirschauer, D- Batavia, passed a balanced budget and legislation that prevents gun violence and invests in youth and community development.

“When the Governor introduced his budget proposal months ago, I made it a priority for the final product to help bolster community safety by tackling the root causes of violence. I am proud to have supported a budget that invests in violence interruption and prevention services to keep our communities safe,” Hirschauer said. “Our budget is a representation of what we value, and this year’s budget sends an unequivocal message that the safety and wellbeing of our children and communities is essential.”

The Hirschauer-backed fiscal year 2024 budget provides millions of dollars in funding for non- profit organizations and local governments for violence interruption and prevention, community development, and youth employment. It also fully funds a multi-million dollar safe gun storage public awareness campaign to help prevent unintentional shootings, saving many, especially children, from accidental death and gun-related injuries.

In concert with the violence prevention measures in the budget, Hirschauer recently passed a House Bill 676 which would, among other measures, keeps guns out of the hands of domestic abusers by clarifying that the respondent of the firearms restraining order is prohibited from acquiring or possessing any firearms for the duration of the order of protection and outlining the process and timeframe for firearms to be seized after the entry of the order of protection. The bill also permits intimate partners to petition for a firearms order of protection, closing what is commonly known as the “boyfriend loophole.”

“In Illinois, we can compassionately govern while still maintaining strong fiscal responsibility to create a safer, brighter future,” Hirschauer said. “Though we’ve made tremendous progress this session, our work is still ongoing, and I will always stand up for the safety and wellbeing of Illinois families.”

Rep. Maura Hirschauer

Rep. Maura Hirschauer

(D-Batavia)
49th District

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

District Office:
946 Neltnor Blvd #104
West Chicago IL 60185

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — State Rep. Maura Hirschauer, D-Batavia, passed a bill out of the Illinois House of Representatives Friday to further prevent gun violence and protect Illinois communities, particularly survivors of domestic abuse.

“The presence of guns can mean the difference between life and death for survivors of domestic violence and people in abusive relationships,” Hirschauer said. “When abusers have access to a gun, the risk of intimate-partner homicide increases by 500 percent, according to research from the American Journal of Public Health. Removing guns from these volatile situations is a commonsense solution that will undoubtedly save the lives of vulnerable people.”

House Bill 676 clarifies that the respondent of the firearms restraining order is prohibited from acquiring or possessing any firearms for the duration of the order of protection, and outlines the process and timeframe for firearms to be seized after the entry of the order of protection. The bill also permits intimate partners to petition for a firearms order of protection, closing what is commonly known as the “boyfriend loophole.”

The bill also includes several other provisions, including the creation of a task force to review public policy options relating to the insurance of firearms in Illinois. It also expands the First Time Weapons Offense Program for first-time, non-violent offenders charged with certain weapons offenses. This successful diversion program provides alternatives to the criminal justice system likely to reduce further crime and promote public safety.

“Gun violence is a complex public health and safety problem that necessitates comprehensive, multifaceted solutions. This bill is another step in our journey to end gun violence and make Illinois a safer place to live, work, and raise a family,” Hirschauer said. “I am grateful to my colleagues, especially the members of the Firearm Safety and Reform Working Group, for passing this bill, and I implore my colleagues in the Senate to do the same and stand up for the safety of Illinois communities once again.”

House Bill 676 awaits consideration by the Illinois Senate. For more information on Hirschauer’s legislative agenda, please visit www.ilga.gov.

Rep. Maura Hirschauer

Rep. Maura Hirschauer

(D-Batavia)
49th District

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

District Office:
946 Neltnor Blvd #104
West Chicago IL 60185