Senator Patricia Van Pelt is sworn in for her third term in the Illinois SenateSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) began her third term in the Illinois Senate today following the Senate inauguration in Springfield.

“I’m eager and ready for the new General Assembly to begin so I can continue working on important issues like ending the DNA processing backlog at the state crime lab and reforming the use of Chicago’s controversial gang databases,” Van Pelt said.

“I believe government can and should make life better for its citizens,” Van Pelt said. “Unfortunately, government has failed those who are waiting years for their loved one’s murder to be solved because of the backlog at the state crime lab. It has failed individuals who have been denied housing or employment because they were incorrectly labeled as a gang member in one of the flawed gang databases.”

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vanpelt 100518CHICAGO –– State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) released the following statement today as the trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald has ended with verdicts of guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm:

“I will continue to pray for the McDonald family as I have since Laquan was taken from them. The verdict will not bring Laquan back or undo this tragedy. 

“The jury’s verdict simply makes a statement about the long journey ahead of us to repair and improve relations between our police and our community. 

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P1150196wI was pleased to be at University of Illinois - Chicago to celebrate their College of Dentistry's recognition with a Center of Excellence Award from LIBERTY Dental Plan. LIBERTY selects Centers of Excellence through a rigorous evaluation of safety, compliance, dental services, and patient satisfaction. A great honor for the College.
 
Pictured are Dr. Robert Barish, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at UIC; Dr. Clark Stanford, Dean, UIC College of Dentistry; Kelly Pulliam, Director of Provider Relations, LIBERTY Dental Plan; Senator Van Pelt; Terrence Wright, Medicare Marketing Outreach Manager, WellCare; Jessica Pickens, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, NextLevel Health; and Judy Bowlby, Senior Manager of Government Programs, LIBERTY Dental Plan.
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vanpelt 022817CHICAGO –– The University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine is getting a long-overdue capital grant of $3.35 million for building upgrades, State Senator Patricia Van Pelt announced Friday.

“This investment will repair and improve the historic College of Medicine facilities to keep the campus in good condition for its students, faculty and visitors,” said Van Pelt. “Higher education capital funding was ignored by the governor for far too long while he delayed a state budget, and my efforts to provide these resources to address capital needs are now bearing fruit for UIC.”

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