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It is my honor to represent you in Springfield.
State Senator Patricia Van Pelt
5th Legislative District
Van Pelt legislation requires government to reimburse those found innocent after prior conviction
People found wrongfully accused will no longer be liable for costs or fees incurred while in custody, and the innocent who have already paid these costs will be entitled to a refund, thanks in part to State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D – Chicago).
“People who are wrongfully convicted lose priceless time with family and friends, as well as job opportunities,” said Sen. Van Pelt. “The least we can do is not charge them for their undeserved time behind bars. Charging fees to the wrongfully accused is unjustifiable.”
Thanks to the eloquent leadership of co-sponsor State Senator Patricia Van Pelt and her colleagues, the Senate passed a measure extending the timeframe for rape prosecution.
“Today’s passage of this pivotal legislation is a sterling example of justice taking its rightful place at the forefront of the legislative process,” said Senator Van Pelt.
Senate Bill 2609 provides that the statute of limitations for sexual assault cases does not begin until state police analyze the rape kit.
At a rally in Springfield, Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D- Chicago) voices her belief that to protect Illinois families, citizens and their representatives need to support and fight for Fair Tax legislation. The senator urges citizens to become civically involved by knocking on doors and engaging their senators and representatives. The rally took place to fight for a progressive tax that would provide a higher tax rate for higher incomes and a lower rate for lower incomes. Under the rates proposed by the A Better Illinois campaign, those making under $200,000 annually would receive tax relief.
To listen to audio of Van Pelt at the rally click below:
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