pexels katie rainbow ️ 9714250CHICAGO - Monday was a historic day for disability employment in Illinois, and State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) is celebrating the new executive order ensuring that employees with disabilities will receive equal pay.

“People with disabilities are treated so poorly in our society, and equal pay is just one of the ways to eliminate the discrimination they face,” Van Pelt said. “This executive order is long overdue, and it is a step toward equity for people of different abilities.”

Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order ends the use of subminimum wages for people with disabilities employed by state vendors.

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Missing ISU student Jelani Day has been found, suspect still at large

CHICAGO — The Illinois Senate Black Caucus reacts to the finding of missing Illinois State University Student Jelani Day:

“To the family and friends of Jelani Day, our hearts ache to hear this news and we wish you peace and comfort as you grieve during this tragic time. It’s extremely devastating to see a family lose a loved one and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

While we’re all mourning the loss of Jelani we must turn our attention to the suspects who are still at large. We encourage the Bloomington Police Department to thoroughly continue the investigation to bring justice and peace to the Day family. We understand this is a very difficult job and investigations take time but we want to emphasize the lack of urgency in identifying missing people of color. The term for this is ‘missing white woman syndrome.’ We saw an example of this during the tragic death and missing case of Gabby Petito. Gabby’s story controlled the airways, while Jelani’s was covered by very few. As a caucus, we haven’t come this far in fighting for equity for black children and families for them to not receive it. Jelani and his family deserve justice and we want it now.”

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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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