pexels markus distelrath 3044470SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate passed a monumental piece of legislation Monday that will combat climate change, and State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) was excited to support it.

“I am so grateful that after much negotiation, we were able to pass a plan that puts the state on a path to renewable, reliable and affordable energy,” Van Pelt said. “This plan both saves and creates jobs for Illinoisans, which will be a huge relief to many households across the state.”

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SB 920 PVPCHICAGO – A measure sponsored by State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) and State Representative Lakeisia Collins (D-Chicago) to create a Forensic Science Commission was signed into law Friday.

“This is why we have hearings, to guide the legislation that impacts culture,” Van Pelt said. “There are still people awaiting answers as the DNA backlog decreases, and a commission is needed to improve coordination between police and forensic scientists to help further the decrease in the backlog.”

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HB 1805 Van PeltSPRINGFIELD – The state’s Call4Calm text line to support Illinois residents' mental health needs is now permanent thanks to an initiative led by State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago).

“Due to the pandemic, mental health outcomes are more concerning than ever, and this text line is an essential outlet,” Van Pelt said. “Call4Calm can still benefit those who struggle with their mental health even after this pandemic is over, and must remain a mental health resource.”

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HB 88 Van PeltSPRINGFIELD – Any person who has been convicted for a drug-related offense under state or federal law is currently prohibited from being eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) led an initiative to reverse that, which was signed by the governor Friday.

“Even after people serve their time, they still struggle when reentering society, and have many rights continuously taken from them,” Van Pelt. “They are released and everything around them has changed, except their ability to fend for themselves has become harder due to their status.”

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