Dear Neighbors,

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday with great food and laughter! I would like to highlight the Festival of Trees being held by the City of Collinsville on December 8th. I am donating an Illinois themed tree for the fundraiser. My tree, along with all the others, will be auctioned off to the highest bidder and the money will be donated to the local organization, Kahok Strong, which assists local families who are suffering from a tragedy or are in need. I am looking forward to seeing all the beautiful trees on display at the Convention Center!

I would like to thank all the veteran’s organizations that volunteered their time at the Veterans Benefit Fair last week. I hope the fair brought useful information to all who attended. If you were unable to attend, please contact our office and we will connect you with the veteran support organizations in the area.

With the holiday season upon us, I would like to remind everyone about internet scams. When buying items online, check the reviews and website validity before purchasing. Be careful about where you put your credit card information. Also, remember to bring your packages inside quickly. There are package bandits around this time of year looking to take easily accessible packages off porches. Investing in a doorbell camera or having your packages sent to a trusted neighbor until you are able to get them are tools a lot of families use to help prevent this crime.

Best,

Katie Stuart

State Representative 112th

With the holidays coming so quickly, I encourage everyone to receive the vaccine or booster shot to keep yourself and loved ones safe during gatherings. As of now, those who are 18 and older may receive a booster shot 6 months after the second dose of the vaccine. A reminder that the booster shot is different from a third dose of the vaccine and the third dose is only for those who are immunocompromised. Only Pfizer has been approved for all ages 5 years old and older. For more information, answers to questions, and correct information regarding common myths, please visit the World Health Organization’s website here.

        

Climate & Equitable Jobs Act Town Hall

I will be hosting an environmental townhall to discuss the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act. I will be discussing what the Act entails and how it will affect Illinois citizens. It will be held via zoom on December 7th from 6pm to 7pm. If you want information on this landmark legislation, I encourage you to register here.

Working Family Hours

My office will be holding Working Family Hours on December 9th from 5pm to 7pm. These extended hours are available to accommodate families that work during normal office hours. Please take advantage of these hours to visit my office with questions and concerns.

Coffee With Katie

On Monday, December 13th, I will be hosting a virtual Coffee with Katie from 11am to 12pm. I am available during this time to talk about questions or concerns regarding state or local issues. This event will take place over zoom which you can access via the link here.

Satellite Hours

On December 15th from 1pm to 4pm, I will be hosting Satellite Office Hours at the Granite City City Hall. These hours are designed to help constituents who cannot travel to the office in Collinsville. If you need assistance or have questions, please take advantage of these hours.

Holiday Open House

Come celebrate the Holiday Season with me! I will be hosting an open house for all constituents to come enjoy some snacks, drinks, and good conversation. This is also a great opportunity to drop off donations for both the cold weather gear and diaper drives my office is hosting this month! It will be held at the district office in Collinsville from 2pm to 4pm. Masks are required to attend the open house.

Small Business CAC

With the Holidays coming up, I would like to encourage everyone to shop at small, locally owned businesses. I will be hosting a Small Business CAC to receive more ideas on how to assist small businesses. It will be on December 20th from 6pm to 7pm at the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce. Please join me in discussing new and improved ways to help these local owners.

On November 30th, the Governor signed House Bill 3666, the Electric Vehicle Act, into law. The act incentivizes the electric vehicle industry to start manufacturing electric vehicle parts right here in Illinois. The bill also requires the Illinois Power Agency to have grantees or rebate applicants pay a prevailing wage. The requirement of a prevailing wage extends to renewable energy projects. Finally, the act amends the Illinois Enterprise Zone Act to start requiring contractors to record race, ethnicity, and gender of workers for the High Impact Business Construction programs.

The Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Act (HB1975) was signed into law, as well. This act requires the State Board of Education to establish a resource guides for students who are victims of sexual abuse. The measure also includes sexual harassment training for staff and teachers; develops a code of conduct all students, teachers and staff; and requires reviews of previous employment for new hires. Finally, it amends the 2012 Criminal Code to define “grooming” to include written communication.

Event

Date & Time

Location

Diaper Drive

The Month of December

Dropoff Location List

Cold Weather Drive

The Month of December

Dropoff Location List

Climate & Equitable Jobs Act Town Hall

December 7th

6pm - 7pm

Registration link

Working Family Hours

December 9th

5pm - 7pm

2105 Vandalia St. Unit #16

Collinsville, IL 62234

Coffee with Katie

December 13th

11am - 12pm

Zoom link

Satellite Hours

December 15th

1pm - 4pm

Granite City City Hall

2000 Edison Ave, Granite City, IL 62040

Holiday Open House

December 16th

2pm - 4pm

Collinsville District Office

2105 Vandalia St. Unit 16, Collinsville, IL

Small Business CAC

December 20th

6pm - 7pm

Collinsville Chamber of Commerce

221 West Main Street, Collinsville, IL

Email: repkatiestuart@gmail.com

Facebook: Representative Katie Stuart's Facebook

Website: https://repstuart.com

District Office: 2105 Vandalia St. Unit #16, Collinsville, IL 62234

Phone: (618) 365-6650

Hearing directly from residents allows me to focus my efforts and better represent our community to Springfield. If you have questions or comments about state or local issues, upcoming events, or this newsletter, feel free to let me know. You can fill out the survey here. Thank you for all of the support and feedback!