vp 1122SPRINGFIELD – Following the start of the 102nd General Assembly, Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) was named chair of the new Healthcare Access and Availability committee.

“I am happy to serve as chair of this committee, and to continue my work advocating for equity in the health care spectrum,” Van Pelt said. “This role will allow me to better sift through the legislation that my colleagues and I work on to home in on the specific obstacles facing access and availability.”

Healthcare Access and Availability will begin a new committee that will focus on the deeper barriers minorities face in access to health care.

A member of the Senate since 2012, Van Pelt has been an advocate for equality in the health care spectrum as well as criminal justice and other areas. She previously chaired the Public Health committee.

“I will continue to fight for equal health care, including advocating support for the Black Caucus health care agenda, which we hope to pass this sessions.”

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pexels pixabay 159579SPRINGFIELD – Last week, both the Senate and the House approved an effort led by State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) to allow an early learning and youth development center to purchase the state-owned property it has occupied for decades from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

“I am happy both chambers have moved The Carole Robertson Center one step closer to reaching independence. The Center has been in need of renovations that the state is simply unable to perform,” Van Pelt said. “Selling off state property is not a move anybody involved makes lightly, but in this case, it is necessary. Under the Center’s ownership, it will become possible for thousands of disadvantaged children on Chicago’s West Side to benefit from renovations to the site.”

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SPRINGFIELD – During the lame duck legislative session, Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) voted to pass legislation that will enact major criminal justice reform in the state of Illinois.

“I am proud that my colleagues and I were able to pass such monumental measures this week,” Van Pelt said. “With the implementation of these provisions, we hope to prevent tragedies like the ones we’ve seen in the past several years. The deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the violation of Anjanette Young—all situations that could have been avoided with such legislation in place.”

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pexels edward jenner 4031442CHICAGO – Senator Van Pelt (D-Chicago) led a hearing on the state’s DNA backlog Thursday morning, and was impressed by the progress the Illinois State Police has made over the past few months. However, she wants to emphasize the gravity of the lives awaiting justice.

“I am happy to see a continual decrease in the backlog, but we must remember that we’re talking about lives, not numbers,” Van Pelt said. “We are all touched by the people who have been raped and murdered with no justice. We will find a solution.”

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