Goal_Setting.jpgCHICAGO – The deadline to submit art to the goal setting competition introduced by Senator Patricia Van Pelt has been extended to Friday, May 1.

All entries must include the student's name, grade and school. Students can mail their artwork (letter or legal) to Van Pelt’s district office, located at 1016 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60607 or email a clear photo of their drawings to the following emails: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

After entries have been received, they will be narrowed down to the top three pieces in each category. Van Pelt will then host a poll on her official Facebook account, where students and residents will be able to choose the winners. The poll will open Wednesday, May 6 and close Friday, May 8 at 5 p.m., revealing the winners. 

Winners will receive a custom designed T-shirt, a chance to shadow Senator Van Pelt in Springfield, and a $100 gift certificate to be used for school supplies.

Van Pelt announced this contest in response to the Governor’s closure of all K-12 schools in Illinois (both public and private), likely leaving parents responsible for home-schooling their children for the remainder of the school year.

“The spread of COVID-19 has disrupted all of our lives,” Van Pelt said. “But I don’t want school closures to be a hindrance for the creativity and productivity I know young people possess. Hopefully this gives them something to be excited about and keep their minds engaged during this difficult time.”

Van Pelt’s art competition is open to all students in the Chicagoland area, with separate categories for elementary school, middle school and high school students. Similar to the goal-setting tour she did a few months prior, the contest is centered on career planning and life goals. Students are asked to draw a vision of their future selves living out their dream job. High school students are also asked to include a layout of their five-year plan to explain how they will reach their career goals.

For questions related to the art contest or for information on learning resources during school closures, Van Pelt encourages residents to call her office at 312-888-9191 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Examples of what she’s looking for can be found here.

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

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Springfield, IL 62706
217-782-6252