Senator Patricia Van Pelt on the Senate FloorCHICAGO – State Senator Patricia Van Pelt issued the following statement after filing to retire from the 5th Senate District seat:

“It has been an honor of a lifetime to serve the people of the 5th Senate District for the last decade. Throughout this time, we have accomplished much change to ensure the voiceless are heard and the underserved receive the help they need.

“I want to thank all who have stood by me over this past year throughout my health challenges. It has been a blessing to serve the people of this great state, but it’s time to pass the torch. I will forever be grateful for the people I’ve encountered, the stories they’ve shared and the work we’ve accomplished together.”

The retirement will be official August 1, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

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Van Pelt November 2022CHICAGO – State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) released the following statement after reports of people being turned away at a Chicago Police Department registry office:

“I am disappointed and appalled to hear that those complying with the law are not being properly supported. Those who have served time for their criminal convictions deserve to assimilate into the community, and register themselves without increasing the risk of arrest and additional time served.”

“No one should be standing in line for extended hours, taking time away from work, their family, and daily tasks while trying to do so.”

“I’ve reached out to the Chicago Police Department and will monitor the situation.”



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Van Pelt SadCHICAGO – State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) released the following statement after reports of four people being shot in the vicinity of Benito Juarez High School in Pilsen Friday afternoon:

“I am saddened to learn of yet another tragic shooting on the Westside.

“This keeps happening, and it’s never okay. We cannot be desensitized by such constant violence, but remain dedicated to creating safer spaces for everyone.

“Gun violence must end. We must reimagine our public safety system. We must keep fighting for a better tomorrow, because we can’t keep losing people this way.”

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111622CM0257SPRINGFIELD – Following the misinformation campaign on the Pretrial Fairness Act, State Senator Patricia Van Pelt voted to pass House Bill 1095 out of the Senate. This bill seeks to clarify provisions in the Pretrial Fairness Act, which goes into effect this January.

“My colleagues and I are proud of what we’ve accomplished with the SAFE-T Act, and we wanted to ensure that the purpose of Pretrial Fairness Act is protected,” said Van Pelt (D-Chicago). “There was so much misinformation spread around the elimination of the cash bail system, and we wanted to make sure there is no confusion when the law is implemented in January.”

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