Missing ISU student Jelani Day has been found, suspect still at large

CHICAGO — The Illinois Senate Black Caucus reacts to the finding of missing Illinois State University Student Jelani Day:

“To the family and friends of Jelani Day, our hearts ache to hear this news and we wish you peace and comfort as you grieve during this tragic time. It’s extremely devastating to see a family lose a loved one and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

While we’re all mourning the loss of Jelani we must turn our attention to the suspects who are still at large. We encourage the Bloomington Police Department to thoroughly continue the investigation to bring justice and peace to the Day family. We understand this is a very difficult job and investigations take time but we want to emphasize the lack of urgency in identifying missing people of color. The term for this is ‘missing white woman syndrome.’ We saw an example of this during the tragic death and missing case of Gabby Petito. Gabby’s story controlled the airways, while Jelani’s was covered by very few. As a caucus, we haven’t come this far in fighting for equity for black children and families for them to not receive it. Jelani and his family deserve justice and we want it now.”

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Energy Transition Act FBCHICAGO – State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) was excited to support a monumental piece of legislation that will combat climate change, which was signed into law on Wednesday.

“I am so grateful that after much negotiation, we were able to pass a plan that puts the state on a path to renewable, reliable and affordable energy,” Van Pelt said. “This plan both saves and creates jobs for Illinoisans, which will be a huge relief to many households across the state.”

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pexels markus distelrath 3044470SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate passed a monumental piece of legislation Monday that will combat climate change, and State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) was excited to support it.

“I am so grateful that after much negotiation, we were able to pass a plan that puts the state on a path to renewable, reliable and affordable energy,” Van Pelt said. “This plan both saves and creates jobs for Illinoisans, which will be a huge relief to many households across the state.”

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pexels element digital 1370298CHICAGO – The Chicago Public Library will soon see upgrades to its services thanks to over $4 million in grant funds, State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) announced Wednesday.

“Millions of patrons depend on the Chicago Public Library for learning and other purposes, and will significantly benefit from this grant,” Van Pelt said. “After a challenging year for education, the library proves to be an invaluable resource to the community.”

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