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  • Writer's pictureJanet

Connecting Springfield to Naperville through Outreach and Events

In This Issue:

  • Mobile DMV Event

  • Monthly Coffee & Conversation

  • Citizen Advisory Panels

  • Townhall Recording

  • Employment Opportunity

Dear Friends, Our goal is to serve our constituents each and every day, and although most days that occurs in our District Office through emails and phone calls, each day brings new challenges and opportunities. This week our Monday morning began with overwhelming concern for the community of Naperville after an EF3 tornado ran just south of 75th street on a path of destruction late on Sunday evening. Our first step on Monday morning was connecting any relief that can be offered at the state level with Naperville. We headed out to the neighborhoods most affected to communicate with Springfield and the Governor’s Office on the extent of damage and to determine from them where our community can seek help and support. We were impressed by the efforts of District 203 to open Ranch View School for a Red Cross Center and of our Fire Department’s efforts to account for everyone and support people who found their homes uninhabitable. Seeing community members helping one another is heartwarming at a time of so much devastation. We will continue to share information we have to help support those impacted by the tornado. At this time, relief efforts are largely being organized through the Red Cross, and the City of Naperville has the most up-to-date information on opportunities to donate or find assistance. In other efforts to support our community, we are always looking for needs and then trying to address those needs. To that end, Senator Laura Ellman and I are hosting a Mobile DMV event this Friday from 10 am to 2 pm. We hope you’ll find this to be a convenient alternative to standing in long lines at a regular DMV. This Saturday is also our regular end-of-month Coffee and Conversation, and we have a series of Citizen Advisory Panels taking place over the next few weeks. At any and all of these events, I hope to see you there and learn more about how we can be of service. Sincerely, Janet


Mobile DMV Event Long DMV lines have made it harder for many individuals to utilize DMV services, such as renewing IDs or plate stickers. Senator Laura Ellman and I are happy to work with the Secretary of State’s Office to bring access to these crucial services in an easy and efficient way this Friday, June 25 from 10 am to 2 pm. We value your time and are offering appointments to minimize your wait time. Please review the details of what is offered below and make an appointment on our website.

Monthly Coffee & Conversation Your voice matters! To best represent you in Springfield and give you regular opportunities to have conversations and give your feedback, I host a Coffee and Conversation every month on the last Saturday of the month. This month, we will focus our conversation on ideas for new legislation that will come directly from our District. So grab your cup of coffee, get comfortable on your couch, and join our Zoom meeting this Saturday, June 26th at 10AM. Register on our website, and the meeting link will be sent to you in an email. Citizen Advisory Panels If you want to dig deeper into legislation on a specific topic, we will be hosting our Citizens Advisory Panels over the next two weeks as well. This is an opportunity for you to get updates and share your thoughts on what our community needs in a particular area of interest. All eight of the panels are listed on our Events Page of the website, so come and join us in person at our office for this opportunity to share your voice.

  • Healthcare - June 29, 6:00-7:30 PM

  • Environment - June 29, 7:30-9:00 PM

  • Education - July 1, 6:00-7:30 PM

  • Economic Development - July 1, 7:30-9:00 PM

  • Diversity & Inclusion - July 6, 6:00-7:30 PM

  • Women's Issues - July 6, 7:30-9:00 PM

  • Senior's Issues - July 8, 6:00-7:30 PM

  • Veteran's Issues - July 8, 7:30-9:00 PM

Townhall Recording I was thrilled to join Senator Laura Ellman this past Monday for a virtual townhall covering many of the major pieces of legislation coming out of Springfield this past session. We spent time talking about energy legislation, bills from constituents, and lots more. You can watch the full recording online.

Employment Opportunity From helping constituents navigate state agencies to shaping legislation based on community feedback, there’s rarely a dull day in our office. Are you looking for a way to make an impact and get involved in all aspects of how our office serves the community? We are looking for someone to join our staff as our Constituent Services Coordinator. If you would like more information, please email our office at: You are also welcome to call and speak to our staff at: 630-296-4157

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