In honor of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force is holding a three-day pop up awareness event and art exhibit. Details are in the flyer below.

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04272017CM0704 rSPRINGFIELD —Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) is vowing to continue to oppose federal policies that harm immigrant communities in the wake of the Trump administration’s decision to end protection for hundreds of thousands of Salvadorans living and working in the United States.

“Kicking more than 200,000 people out of the country they have come to call home is shockingly cruel, even for such an anti-immigrant administration,” Martinez said. “These men and women contribute greatly to our society, and they deserve to be here as much as anyone else.”

Trump announced earlier this week that he is ending Temporary Protected Status for people who came to the United States from El Salvador following devastating earthquakes in the country in 2001.

“We are talking about people who have called our country home for more than 15 years,” Martinez said. “Telling them to pack up and leave after they have worked so hard to establish a life for themselves here goes against everything we stand for as Americans.”

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Bitter cold temperatures are more than an inconvenience; they pose a serious threat to health and safety. The City of Chicago has many services available to help residents weather the winter months.

Call 3-1-1 to:

Locate a Warming Center near you
Request a well-being check for someone who may be suffering from extreme weather
Report inadequate heat in a residential building
Learn about programs that assist with home heating costs
Connect to shelter and supportive services

Protect Yourself and Family:

Wear several layers of loose, warm clothing
Keep your head, hands and feet covered when outdoors
Avoid alcoholic beverages
Recognize the symptoms of hypothermia: stiff muscles, shivering, puffy or
swollen face, cold skin, slow breathing and mental confusion
Never use an extension cord with a space heater. Ovens should not be used to heat homes


A Warming Center is a heated facility where Chicagoans can go to find safe refuge from extreme weather.

The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) operates six Warming Centers during work weekdays when temperatures dip below 32 degrees. Additional facilities are opened as needed including Senior Centers, libraries, and Park District buildings. The Warming Centers that DFSS operates are not open on weekday holidays unless specifically indicated. This is why it is so important to contact 3-1-1 for Warming Center information, especially during off hours or on holidays.

The Garfield Center, located at 10 S. Kedzie Avenue, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to connect residents to emergency shelter.

Call 3-1-1 to locate a Warming Center in your area.


9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday

(DFSS Warming Centers are not open on weekday holidays unless specifically indicated. Hours and days may be extended under extreme conditions. Also, other City facilities might be designated for warming purposes during off hours, That is why it is important to call 3-1-1 for information concerning Warming Center locations, especially during off hours and on weekday holidays)

Englewood Center
1140 W. 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60620

Garfield Center
10 S. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612

King Center
4314 S. Cottage Grove
Chicago, IL 60653

North Area
845 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640

South Chicago
8650 S. Commercial Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617

Trina Davila
4312 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639

Landlords must heat residential buildings to at least 68 degrees during the day and 66 degrees overnight. If you are unable to resolve a heating problem with your landlord, call 3-1-1.

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Office Information

Springfield Office:
413 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8191
District Office:
2921 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 278-2020