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CHICAGO – To bring attention to the many West Side seniors who aren’t getting the help they need during the coronavirus pandemic, Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) held a press conference Sunday and urged the community to get involved with relief efforts.

“What are these seniors supposed to do?” said Van Pelt. “They have no resources, no transportation, which means no access to testing, no way to get groceries, no basic sanitary products. Somebody’s got to act on their behalf.”

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business-3239669_1280.jpgCHICAGO – As a result of the pandemic, thousands of entrepreneurs are out of business. Even with the numerous grant recoveries initiated over the Stay at Home period, many microbusinesses are still being overlooked. The latest grant recovery program should offer new eligibility for those businesses, and State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) is urging Chicago’s small business owners to apply.

“The businesses that have been struggling the most haven’t been getting the assistance they need,” Van Pelt said. “The big businesses will survive, but it’s important for us to ensure the survival of those who don’t have such advantages.”

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IMG_68031.jpgCHICAGO – With the outbreak of COVID-19, many have been struggling to obtain the food, sanitary products and protective equipment needed to stay well and fight the virus. This is especially true for people over the age of 60, as they are more vulnerable to the dangers of the pandemic.

“I’ve been worried about these seniors,” Reverend Robin Hood said, Senior Liaison for the 5th District. Since the virus started, he’s been active in caring for the seniors, doing everything from assisting with grocery runs to buying them supplies.

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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..

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