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In the 14th District? Education Advisory Committee tonight at 7pm here at 5533 N. Broadway

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CHICAGO– State Representative Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) is convening a special meeting of her Public Safety Community Advisory Committee to address recent gun violence in the district.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held on Tuesday, January 17th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at her Constituent Service Office located at 5533 N. Broadway.“I have worked with law enforcement my entire career and one of the biggest problems they face is the number of guns on our street,” Cassidy said.

“I am pursuing legislation to keep guns out of the hands of gang members, and I want to know your ideas to get firearms off the street and make our community safer.” Cassidy has introduced House Bill 3809 to prevent more guns from getting into the hands of gang members by increasing penalties on their suppliers, who knowingly arm gang members.

Gangs have figured out that new, younger, members are more likely to pass background checks to gain access to guns, and this law is meant to crack down on gun sales and curb gang recruitment. To prevent old or unwanted guns from ending up in the wrong hands, Cassidy has also introduced House Bill 3845 to enable local police stations to collect firearms for secure disposal. Cassidy is providing the necessary tools the community needs to come together and improve public safety.

“Common sense gun laws like these can take firearms out of the hands of those who would use them for violence in our community,” Cassidy said. “Please share your ideas on how we can provide our community with the necessary tools to come together and improve public safety.”

For more information on Cassidy’s Public Safety Community Advisory Committee, to RSVP or to request a “Neighborhood Watch” window sign, please contact Rep. Cassidy’s full-time constituent service office at (773) 784-2002 or at RepCassidy@gmail.com.

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CHICAGO, IL – State Representative Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) will be hosting an Education Community Advisory Committee on January 18th at 7 p.m. at her constituent service office located at 5533 N. Broadway in Chicago.

“This committee is designed to help facilitate a conversation between parents, teachers, faculty members, and other education advocates so that together we can improve our education system,” Cassidy said.

“Real improvements only occur when all of the stakeholders are brought to the table so I invite everyone to attend this open meeting of the Education Community Advisory Committee.” Rep. Cassidy’s Education Community Advisory Committees was created to provide Rep. Cassidy with feedback and input directly from the people she represents. Along with other Community Advisory Committees, the Education Community Advisory Committee is open to all 14th district residents.

In addition to advising Rep. Cassidy on legislation, the Education Community Advisory Committee will help promote and then select the winner of Rep. Cassidy’s Draft-A-Bill Competition. The deadline for Rep. Cassidy’s Draft-A-Bill Competition is February 15th. “Improving educational services is an investment in our children’s future,” Cassidy said. “One of the topics we will be discussing at the meeting is improving parental involvement in children’s education. Creative solutions come from the community working together.”

For more information on any of Rep. Cassidy’s Community Advisory Committees, please contact her full-time constituent services office at (773) 784-2002.

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CHICAGO, IL – To increase involvement and interest in the legislative process, State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) is encouraging students in the 14th District to participate in a Draft-A-Bill Competition.“Our children are the leaders of tomorrow,” Cassidy said.

“The Draft-A-Bill Competition will allow our children the opportunity to be creative in changing or improving our state and community by being civically involved.”Rep. Cassidy hopes that this competition will foster interest in the legislative process and provide a valuable hands-on learning experience. Submissions for Rep. Cassidy’s Draft-A-Bill Competition may be turned in between January 16, 2012 and February 15, 2012.

Students in first grade through eighth grade are eligible to enter the competition. Students can submit their bills to Rep. Cassidy’s constituent services office at 5533 North Broadway, Chicago, or by email at RepCassidy@gmail.com. The winner of the Draft-A-Bill Competition will be chosen by Cassidy’s Education Advisory Committee and will receive an official certificate of recognition from the Illinois House of Representatives.

“I look forward to hearing the creative ideas that will come from the young people I represent,” Cassidy said. “This is a great opportunity for parents or mentors to work with children to encourage them to understand a problem in their community and brainstorm ways to solve that problem.

”For more information about Rep. Cassidy’s Draft-A-Bill Competition or to sign up for Rep. Cassidy’s Education Community Advisory Committee, please contact Rep. Cassidy’s full-time constituent service office at (773) 784-2002 or via email to RepCassidy@gmail.com.

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CHICAGO, IL – Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) is calling on the General Assembly to pass House Bill 3027. HB 3027 would require schools to teach age appropriate sexual education in grades 6 through 12 and pushing for its expedient passage in the Illinois House of Representatives.“Chicago ranks second in the nation for rates of Sexually Transmitted Infections amongst 15 to 19 year olds,” Cassidy said.

“We have a responsibility to our children to give them all the information they need to remain safe and the status quo is not working.”Currently, schools that teach sex education are only required to emphasize abstinence. House Bill 3027 requires schools to emphasize that abstinence is the only 100% effective means of preventing pregnancy or the spread of sexually transmitted infections but also include instruction on the use of contraception.

To increase parental involvement in their child’s education, HB3027 requires that the State Board of Education make sexual education materials available in advance of their use in the classroom.A University of Georgia study, published in October, analyzes the impact of comprehensive sexual education. The study revealed that states with comprehensive sexual education had a lower teen pregnancy rate and sexually transmitted infection rate than those with abstinence only sexual education.

The study also revealed that unplanned teen pregnancies cost U.S. Taxpayers an estimated $9 billion annually.“Providing comprehensive sexual education does more than promote safer sex, it can save tax payers billions of dollars by eliminating costs connected with unwanted teen pregnancy,” Cassidy said. “I strongly urge my colleagues in the House of Representatives to support this legislation and act on it in a timely fashion.”HB 3027 is pending in the House of Representatives.

For more information on House Bill 3027, please contact Rep. Cassidy’s full-time constituent service office at (773) 784-2002 or at RepCassidy@gmail.com.

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State Rep. Kelly Cassidy to Begin New “Block-by-Block Initiative” to Promote Public Safety Awareness CHICAGO, IL – To increase dialogue about public safety in the district, state Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) is beginning a new public safety initiative to bring the conversation on safety and security in the district directly to her constituents.

“Crime and public safety are two issues that warrant extra attention,” Cassidy said. “I want to use my new ‘Block-by-Block Initiative’ to have direct and personal conversations with the people I represent about public safety.”Rep. Cassidy will be going door-to-door in the 14th District to discuss recent up-ticks in crime and distributing neighborhood watch signs.

Rep. Cassidy’s “Block-by-Block Initiative” provides residents of the 14th District with important information on what can be done to safeguard houses, increase community awareness, and information on recent crimes in the area. In addition to supplying public safety information, residents of the 14th District are encouraged to discuss upcoming legislation in Springfield with Rep. Cassidy.

“The ‘Block by Block Initiative’ is a great first step toward increasing community awareness of crime and public safety,” Cassidy said. “I look forward to hearing the feedback and ideas that will come from the people I represent and having open and honest conversations about public safety so that together we can improve our neighborhoods.

”Rep. Cassidy’s “Block-by-Block Initiative” is slated to begin December 6th and extend through December 20th. For more information or to join Rep. Cassidy’s Public Safety Community Advisory Committee, please contact Rep. Cassidy’s full-time constituent service office at (773) 784-2002 or via email to repcassidy@gmail.com.

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Legislation to Encourage Drug Overdose Victims to Seek Medical Help Heads to the Governor’s DeskCHICAGO, IL – On Thursday, the Illinois state Senate concurred with the legislation authored by Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) that would offer limited legal protection to those seeking emergency medical help for someone suffering from a drug overdose.

“Drug prevention should always be our first goal, and this legislation offers an important second chance for someone whose life is in danger to take the first step towards recovery,” Cassidy said, who passed the bill through the House during the first week of the fall veto session. “This legislation is not about letting drug dealers off the hook, it is about protecting the lives of young people who need help.”

Senate Bill 1701 offers limited immunity for violations of possession of drugs in small amounts for a person who, in good faith, seeks medical assistance for someone overdosing. Individuals may avoid prosecution of a Class 4 felony if they are seeking or obtaining emergency medical assistance for someone experiencing an overdose, or are themselves experiencing an overdose.Cassidy sponsored the legislation to address the rise in young people dying from drug overdoses.

To prevent the law from being abused by drug dealers, there are strict limitations to the amount of controlled substances an individual can possess and no immunity is provided for drug sales.“In Illinois, a young person is more likely to die from a drug overdose than from a car accident,” Cassidy said. “This legislation has the potential to save many lives and it is my hope that the governor will quickly sign SB 1701 into law so that we can save young lives.”Cassidy’s legislation will now be sent to the governor for his consideration.

For more information on Senate Bill 1701, please contact Rep. Cassidy’s full-time constituent service office at (773) 784-2002 or at RepCassidy@gmail.com.

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Dear Neighbor:

I wanted to tell you a little bit about my Community Advisory Committee on Economic Development that will be meeting this Monday at Pottawottomie Park from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m.One of my top priorities as state Representative is to be available to you.

The Community Advisory Committee on Economic Development is great ways for me to hear what issues are important to the people I represent.The meetings will give residents of the 14th District an opportunity to advise me on upcoming legislation and propose new ways to stimulate business growth in local neighborhoods.

The committee is open to anyone with an interest in the economic development of the 14th District.In addition to advising me on legislation, the Community Advisory Committee on Economic Development will help select the first “Good Neighbor” Business of the Year winners.

The “Good Neighbor” Business of the Year Award is a way to recognize businesses in the area that have shown dedication to improving the community.Anyone may nominate a business that they feel is acting as a “good neighbor” in the area. Nominations must be submitted before January 15, 2012. Contact my office to request a nomination form today!I hope to see you at the first meeting of the Community Advisory Committee on Economic Development Monday at 7 p.m.

Thank You,

Kelly Cassidy
14th District State Representative
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November 7, 2011

FOR MORE INFORMATION: State Rep. Kelly Cassidy
Phone: (773) 784-2002

Rep. Cassidy Introduces Bicycle Safety Measure in Ongoing Effort to Address Public Safety Issues CHICAGO – In her ongoing effort to make streets and neighborhoods safer in the 14th District, state Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) recently introduced legislation in the Illinois House that would extend the ban on handheld cell phones and computers to bicyclists.“

Much like motorist, bicyclist are subject to distracted driving and therefore should adhere to the same safety precautions that drivers of motor vehicles now take,” Cassidy said. “This legislation will help prevent accidents and hopefully prevent sometimes fatal distractions for bike riders. It is very important that we create safer driving conditions for everyone sharing the road.”

House Bill 3849 would prohibit anyone from typing, reading, or sending messages while riding a bicycle with an exemption for anyone using a hands-free device or a voice-activated feature. With more than 1,600 accidents involving cyclists in the last year alone, the City of Chicago recently passed a similar ordinance banning texting while riding a bicycle and will impose a fine on riders that violate the ordinance. Under Cassidy’s legislation, bicycle offenders would be subject to the same penalties as motorists who send text messages while driving.

“Not only in the city of Chicago but across the state, thousands of cyclists travel alongside motor vehicles every day,” said Ron Burke, Executive Director of the Active Transportation Alliance. “Extending this law to include bicycles will allow for safer travel through our communities and help prevent dangerous situations from occurring.

Each year more and more cyclists take to the roads and our laws must evolve to protect all travelers.” Cassidy is emphasizing the need to improve public safety with her legislative agenda and encouraging citizen participation in the legislative process. To provide a public forum to discuss public safety issues happening in neighborhoods throughout the district, Cassidy will be hosting a Public Safety Town Hall Meeting on Monday, November 28th from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Loyola Park. She is also creating a Public Safety Advisory Committee to seek the ideas and advice of concerned residents.

The Committee will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, November 30th at 7:00 p.m. at the 24th District Police Station. Both events are open to the public.For more information, please call Cassidy’s full-time constituent services office at (773) 784-2002.

Cassidy represents Chicago’s 14th District, which includes parts of the neighborhoods of Edgewater, Andersonville and Rogers Park.

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Veto Session Update #2

Dear Neighbor:

I am returning to Springfield today for the second and final week of the Fall Veto Session.

This week, we will be looking at a number of pieces of legislation including: House Resolution 550, which would create the Firearm Public Awareness Task Force.

The task force would bring together pro-gun, law enforcement, and anti-violence groups to determine the impact of a potential concealed carry program in Illinois;Senate Bill 1335, which delays the sale of 2010, 2011, and 2012 property taxes in Cook County until July 1 of the year after they are due; andSenate Bill 1617, which establishes limitations on emissions made by coal-fired power plants in Chicago.

Please know that you can count on me to stand with public employees, work to improve air quality, and continually work to make our neighborhoods safer. While there are guaranteed to be many tough votes ahead, please know that I make each vote with the best interests of the 14th District in mind.

Your thoughts and input are important. If you have any thoughts on the legislation I will be reviewing this week, please contact my constituent services office at (773) 784-2002 or email me at repcassidy@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

State Representative Kelly Cassidy
District 14
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