052020210414CHICAGO – Last week the White House made new commitments to combat the nation’s obtuse rates of maternal mortality, and State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) is excited to see a plan on a national level.

Tuesday was declared a Maternal Health Day of Action, identifying ways that federal and state governments can support mothers before, during and after childbirth. One initiative includes an investment of over $3 billion from the Build Back Better Act for maternal health funding.

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lCHICAGO – Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) is outraged after the Aldi in West Garfield Park abruptly closed in October, and is worried about resident’s wellbeing in lieu of the West Side becoming a food desert.

“This closure is devastating to the community because a lot of people depended on this Aldi for convenient and affordable food,” Van Pelt said. “In particular, many older residents got their groceries from here. This is not just an affordability issue, but a mobility issue as well.”

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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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b2bCHICAGO – The first wave of Back to Business grants was awarded, with over half a million dollars going to businesses in the 5th District, State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) announced.

Through the B2B program, $250 million in American Rescue Plan Act dollars are set aside for small businesses experiencing COVID-19 losses. The first wave granted more than $24 million to small businesses across the state. Eligible businesses can apply for the second wave by Oct. 13.

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