05292021CM0227rNORTH LAWDALE – State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) joined other state officials and The Will Group to celebrate the first completed phase of the build out of the new K-Town Business Development Centre in the North Lawndale neighborhood.

The centre was launched with the support of state capital dollars for minority-owned businesses, set to create 100 jobs and economic growth for the community.

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pexels monstera 6186154CHICAGO — To help students struggling from summer learning loss, State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) is hosting a Summer Book Club for Chicago’s Westside youth.

“I know that everyone is excited to be outside and enjoy that aspect of summer break, but it is also important for children to exercise their minds,” Van Pelt said. “Kids who keep their minds engaged through the summer will be better prepared when school starts again, and even develop good lifelong learning habits.”

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052821HAO01993rSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s passage of the Fiscal Year 2022 budget:

“I am happy to have voted for a plan that is balanced, and that accounts for the complexity of Illinois’ fiscal situation reeling from the pandemic.

“The programs that people depend on will not face painful cuts, keeping them reliable during an increased time of need. Keeping people healthy and rebuilding a strong economy is essential moving forward. I am glad this budget prioritized public health response, emergency response, and mental and behavioral health.

“Furthermore, continuing the Black Caucus’ agenda to eradicate systemic racism is deeply necessary. It is crucial that the reforms my colleagues and I voted to pass have adequate funding, so that equity is at the forefront of all state structures. This budget does that.

“I’m confident the budget passed today will revitalize our state as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and the crisis of systemic racism.”

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052020210348SPRINGFIELD – Any person who has been convicted for a drug-related offense under state or federal law is prohibited from being eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, but State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) is leading an initiative to reverse that restriction, which passed the Senate Thursday.

“Even after people serve their time, they still struggle when reentering society, as many of their rights have been taken from them,” Van Pelt. “They are released and ready to make a change—but laws like the restriction on TANF limit their ability to make a better life for themselves.”

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