CHICAGO – Earlier this week, State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) hosted mobile COVID-19 testing for over a hundred adults on the city’s West Side in a collaboration with Howard Brown Health, West Garfield Community Park Stakeholders, and Fathers Who Care.

“The older adults in my community are still struggling,” Van Pelt said. “The pandemic is still out there, and they still didn’t have access to necessary resources to stay alive. We wanted to do whatever we could to address that, hoping to provide some relief.”

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CHICAGO – Last Friday, a great civil rights leader and U.S. Representative John Lewis passed away. State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) released the following statement, remembering his life and legacy:

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death-penalty.jpgCHICAGO – The U.S. Supreme Court this week authorized the resumption of the death penalty, permitting the country’s first execution in 17 years, leading State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) to call for capital punishment to be abolished at the federal level.

“Is this the way we want to use the power of the state, in the middle of a global pandemic: to kill people?” Van Pelt said. “There can be no true exoneration after the death penalty. People like George Stinney can never be brought back.”

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p081414ps-02682.jpgCHICAGO – State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) is calling on lawmakers to reevaluate the statues on Illinois state capitol grounds, starting with the replacement of the Stephen Douglas statue with the country’s first Black president and former Illinois senator. 

“Former President Barack Obama has accomplished so much, and there is barely any celebration of him anywhere around our state capitol,” Van Pelt said. “Some of the most significant moments in his early career took place in Springfield. It is a statue that’s long overdue.”

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