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001VanPelt0089bIn a commentary piece published in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois State Senator Patricia Van Pelt says Illinois should learn from mistakes made by well-meaning policymakers in other states and reject mandatory minimum sentences. Evidence shows that mandatory minimum prison sentences for gun crimes are not a cost effective crime deterrent and will not make Illinois communities safer.
You can read Senator Van Pelt’s full commentary here.

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get-covered-illinoisThe governor’s office recently announced health plan rates for the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace. These rates are lower than predicted and lower than the rates of many other states. Through the Marketplace, consumers will be able to compare plans side by side. Starting October 1, Illinois residents will be able to access the Marketplace three ways: visiting the website; calling the state’s helpdesk at (866) 311-1119; or by contacting a partner organization to obtain in-person assistance.

If you don’t currently have health insurance, please take advantage of the six-month enrollment period beginning October 1. Please contact my office if you have any other questions or concerns.

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SB1695SignState Senator Patricia Van Pelt’s tax credit for businesses hiring ex-offenders was signed on Saturday at the People’s Church of the Harvest. This law, originally SB 1659, expands the maximum tax credit for businesses who hire qualified ex-offenders from $600 to $1,500.

“This law will offer an increased incentive for businesses to assist in the reintegration of ex-offenders into the community,” Van Pelt said. “This policy will ensure employment opportunities for all residents of Illinois and will help us rehabilitate ex-offenders.”

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