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Sierra Club Hike, Photo Contest, Other Updates

In this Issue

  • This Weekend: Hike with Sierra Club

  • Community Photo Contest

  • Capital Funding Progress

  • District 41 Happenings

  • Loaves & Fishes Virtual Food Drive

  • Coffee & Conversation


Dear Friends, Thank you to the many community members who attended our district’s Citizen Advisory Panels and other events these last few months. The ideas you shared have kept our interns busy all summer, and we’re now putting the finishing touches on the proposed bills that will come from those conversations. I’d love to chat more with you about legislation or anything else on your mind at our upcoming hike this weekend with the Sierra Club–we can talk Springfield shop and local news, all while enjoying our local flora and fauna with expert naturalists as guides. This month, I’m excited to launch our district’s first Community Photo Contest. (Bring your camera to the hike and maybe grab the winning photo!) The contest, along with a number of other district events, can be found on our district website. You can read about all those activities, plus more, below. You can always let me know if there’s anything else you want to hear more about by sending me a note or joining me at one of our monthly coffee & conversations. I hope to talk with you soon! Sincerely,



This Weekend: Hike with Sierra Club Join me for an easy weekend hike where you can learn about the plants and wildlife right here in the 41st District. We’ll be joined by the Sierra Club River Prairie Group, with expert naturalists guiding us as we hike along the West Branch of the DuPage River and discover a world of adventure in our own backyard.

What: Hike with Sierra Club When: Sunday, September 17, 2023 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm Where: Knoch Knolls Nature Center Parking Lot, 320 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville

41st District Photo Contest

Our community is special in so many ways. Capture that spark in our 41st district's inaugural community photo contest!

We welcome submissions from all 41st district residents, and all community members will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites. Winning submissions will be displayed in Springfield and made into canvas prints for the winner.

Submit entries to Photo@RepYang, or click below for more details.

Capital Funding Progress

In past newsletters I’ve highlighted some of the capital funds that I’ve secured for our district. It’s been a pleasure to tour many of those projects this past month and see the impact they’re having on our community. Here are a few of the latest completed projects:

Wheaton Warrenville District 200 Clifford Johnson Elementary School Library Learning Center

Indian Prairie School District 204 playground renovations for all nine elementary schools in the district, including Brookdale, May Watts, Owens, and Spring Brook, pictured below.

At Naper Nights with Senator Laura Ellman, highlighting state funding for various Naper Settlement arts and capital programs

District 41 Happenings

When the House is not in session, things get busier in the 41st district with more opportunities for outreach and community events. Below are a few highlights from the past month, and you can always follow the 41st District on Facebook for daily updates.

Fox 32 Chicago produced segments on a new law that educates students on the dangers of fentanyl. We developed this legislation with Naperville Central HS student, Lelia, who recognized the need following her family’s experience with tragedy.

Local technology company 101 Digital hosted a podcast on HB1378, which was recently signed into law. The legislation creates the Illinois Graduate and Retain our Workforce (iGROW) program, which provides incentives to students in technology fields to stay and work in Illinois

The Naperville Fire Department generously hosted me for the afternoon to help me better understand the impact of legislation on our firefighters and to learn from our first responders how I can better represent them in Springfield.

The DuPage County Forest Preserve celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the passing of the Natural Areas Preservation Act with a presentation and hike at Springbrook Prairie.

The inaugural Swadeshi Mela festival brought our community together for a marketplace experience of Indian craftsmanship.

Virtual Food Drive with Loaves & Fishes

September is Hunger Action Month. Join us in helping Loaves & Fishes to fill the food gap. The need for the food pantry and other wraparound services has increased exponentially and Loaves & Fishes is now serving 8,000 people each week. This online drive is a convenient way to make an impact in our local community.

September Coffee & Conversation

For a general overview of Springfield and 41st District activities, please join us at one of our monthly coffee and conversations. These generally occur on the last Saturday of the month, and we’ll meet on September 30th at our district office for this month’s get-together. Come and join other constituents from across Naperville, Warrenville, and Bolingbrook for informal catching-up and conversation.

What: Coffee & Conversation with me and your neighbors

When: Saturday, September 30, 2023 from 10:00 to 11:00 am

Where: District 41 Office, 475 River Bend Rd., Suite 500, Naperville

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