9605583571 87448063e9 bCHICAGO – Chicago’s West Side was awarded nearly $135,000 in literary grants to help students better their reading, math, writing and English-language skills, State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) announced Thursday. Van Pelt is encouraging those who are skilled enough to teach others to put their skills to use.

“We have the funding, now we need the tutors. One in four children grow up in this country without learning to read,” Van Pelt said. “If you have the time and the knowledge, please consider giving back to your community and volunteering.”

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CHICAGO – State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) had this to say Wednesday on news the Joliet Police Department placed Sgt. Javier Esqueda on administrative leave after he spoke out on the death of Eric Lurry, a Black man who died in the custody of Joliet police officers earlier this year:

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CHICAGO – Over the past several weeks, Chicago has seen gun violence rates higher than they’ve been in 60 years. In response to the violence, State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) released the following statement:

“I am incredibly disheartened by all the bloodshed that has occurred in our city. Too many lives have been lost these past few weeks. Our children deserve to live in their communities without fear. Our children deserve to live in areas where their zip code won’t determine their livelihoods.

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CHICAGO – July 1 marked the second phase of Illinois’ minimum wage increase, which State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) said will help workers as they navigate the complications of life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Working class citizens have been waiting for their fair due for too long,” Van Pelt said. “People should not have to worry about earning a reasonable income, especially during a global pandemic.”

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