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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CHICAGO – The outbreak of COVID-19 has led to school closures in Illinois, potentially leaving parents responsible for home-schooling their children through April. While families are making arrangements, State Senator Patricia Van Pelt is launching a career-focused art contest for students.

Earlier this month, Governor J.B. Pritzker ordered all K-12 schools — both public and private — be closed from March 17 to April 7 (April 21 for Chicago Public Schools) to further safeguard communities from the spread of the virus.

“The spread of COVID-19 has disrupted all of our lives,” Van Pelt said. “But I don’t want school closures to be a hindrance for the creativity and productivity I know young people possess. Hopefully this gives them something to be excited about and keep their minds engaged during this difficult time.”

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03032020HAO1158SPRINGFIELD – Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) introduced legislation that would allow incarcerated mothers to remain with their child for 72 hours after giving birth, unless a medical professional determines otherwise.

“It’s crucial for a baby to spend its first moments with its mother, and we want to ensure that,” Van Pelt said. “This way the baby gets the care it needs, while the mother is inspired to stay on her best behavior in the hopes she may return to her child.”

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