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I am proud to serve as the State Senator from Illinois’ 5th District. I hope you’ll find this site a useful resource in keeping up-to-date with what’s happening in our district and in Springfield.

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Please contact any of my offices with questions or ways I can better serve you. It is my honor to represent you in Springfield.



State Senator Patricia Van Pelt

5th Legislative District

 Community Briefing FINAL 2015


Senator Van Pelt

Dear Friends,


As we settle into the holiday season this year, I wanted to take the time to share with you some upcoming events and opportunities available to everyone.


The holidays are a time of peace and reflection, a time of family fun and gift-giving, but also a time to give back to those who may not have as much. Let’s make a commitment this year to look out for opportunities to improve ourselves and our community.

Senator Van Pelt
Senator Patricia Van Pelt
5th District – Illinois


Upcoming events


Community Briefing

Join me this January 29 for a community briefing. We will be discussing how to improve our neighborhoods and businesses from within the community and legislatively at the Capitol. All are welcome and save the date! Click on the flier below for more details.


Community Briefing

Lake FX Summit + Expo

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is currently accepting vendor and summit program applications for this April's Lake FX Summit + Expo. Taking place this April 16-29, the summit and expo will play host to thousands of individuals, businesses and organizations looking for networking opportunities, as well as, panels workshops and seminars being led by industry leaders in music, film, fashion and the culinary arts.

This year's theme is "Improvisation and Innovation," and the event will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center and other venues around the "Loop." Apply online to become a vendor and/or to submit you summit program here by Friday, January 9, 2015. Applicants will be notified by late January if they are accepted.


Opportunities for small business and individuals



If you are a nonprofit looking for fundraising tips, then you should look into Benevon. Founded in 1996, they have been creating sustainable funding solutions for nonprofits through expert consulting and programming. Check out some free videos posted on the company’s website here. They offer introductory seminars testimonials, and more.


Illinois Talent Pipeline Management

Illinois is dedicated to shrinking and eventually erasing the skills gap between communities, and Illinois has developed a program to help do just this. Illinois Talent Pipeline Management and the Illinois Pathways model are building on a larger, nation-wide initiative that is aiming to help prospective employers and employees enhance their relationships with one another by providing training needed for a qualified and skilled workforce.

The Illinois DCEO’s Illinois Pathways program is accepting applications from employers and industry associations now. Applications are due by January 30 and may be found here.


2015 NCLB Conference

The Center for School Improvement will be giving three presentations at the 2015 No Child Left Behind Conference in Chicago on February 3-5.Come learn about evidenced- and results-based district and school improvement and leadership strategies Illinois CSI is using with school districts receiving Priority Services.



Lumity Training

Lumity is offering Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Basic and Intermediate Excel and Office 365 trainings for nonprofit professionals. If your register before December 31 for a training this January, February or March, you will receive a second registration at half price. Don't miss out on this opportunity for your growing business! Training sign-up information can be found here.


Chicago Star Scholarship

Starting with the Fall 2015 semester, Chicago Public High School graduates with a 3.0 GPA who test college-ready in math and English will be able to pursue an associate's degree at City Colleges of Chicago at no cost to them - free tuition, fees and books! For more complete information, click here.

Star Scholarship


Mailing Gifts this Season?

Dates, deadlines and facts for the busiest mailing/delivery days of the year can be found here or by clicking on the images below.

Mailing Info


DuSable Museum Tour Guides

The DuSable Museum will be selecting 16 Chicago Public School students ages 14-18 to participate in learning to serve as tour guides for exhibitions and programs. Public speaking, research, writing and employment etiquette skills will all be taught during this program. Teens who complete the program will receive a stipend! For an interview, sign-up here.


Move Illinois

The Illinois Tollway announced that it is seeking firms to provide design and construction management services for 12 new contracts for its 15-year, $12 billion capital program Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future. The contracts will provide for an upcoming estimated $86 million in contracts related to the Tollway’s Move Illinois Program. For interested firms, more information can be found here.


District Office


1016 W. Jackson Blvd. • Chicago, IL 60607

312-888-9191(Phone) • 312-277-3716(Fax)


Springfield Office


218A Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-6252(Phone) • 217-558-0168(Fax)





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Office Info

District Office
1016 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607 
(312) 888-9191
(312) 277-3716 FAX

Springfield Office
218A Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706

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