VanPelt-GangWitnessSenator Patricia Van Pelt’s plan to help victims and witnesses of gang crime passed a key Senate committee earlier today.

The legislation, House Bill 1139, establishes the Gang Crime Witness Protection Program Fund, which will assist victims and witnesses who are actively aiding in the prosecution of gang members. The funds may be used to help pay temporary living costs, moving expenses, rent and other expenses of relocation. 

“We need to keep our neighborhoods safe and stop gang violence,” said Van Pelt. “Part of the solution to this problem is making sure witnesses can testify without fear of retribution.”

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Construction projects“Today we saw over $500 million in transportation projects running through the 5th District unveiled. Historically, these projects have not employed minorities, particularly African-Americans. This is unacceptable; the root of problems such as poverty, homelessness and crime is unemployment. We have 52% unemployment among African-American males in my district, and the impact has been devastating," said Sen. Van Pelt.

“I agree that we need to rebuild the state’s infrastructure and improve our roads.  However, it is my intention to work with the community to ensure these projects employ the people of my district. If I do not see the progress the community expects, we will demonstrate our dissatisfaction. Construction projects are good, but we need jobs in our community.”

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Tax CreditState Senator Patricia Van Pelt’s first substantive piece of legislation passed through the Senate today with bipartisan support. This legislation, SB 1659, would expand the maximum tax credit for businesses who hire qualified ex-offenders from $600 to $1500.

“This legislation will offer an increased incentive for businesses to assist in the integration of ex-offenders into the community,” said Sen. Van Pelt. “This is a common sense policy that helps the state reach its goals of rebuilding communities, strengthening families and ensuring opportunities for all residents of Illinois.”

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