Van Pelt 2022 2 Budget


SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) issued the following statement in response to Gov. JB Pritzker’s State of the State address:

“It is imperative that we fund further initiatives to keep our communities safe, as many Illinoisans are living in fear due to gang violence and carjackings. I am glad that, finally, the Gang Crime Witness Protection Program I sponsored will be receiving $20 million in funding. This program is crucial to ensure that we can keep Illinoisans safe from the violence that plagues our communities.

“I will continue to advocate for an end to the violence that interferes with the safety of our most vulnerable populations, and for increased investment in violence prevention initiatives.

“In addition, I will continue to support COVID-19 recovery for our communities and frontline workers. We must do everything necessary to combat this virus, which is why I am pleased that this plan includes the proper funding to health care organizations as well as resources for frontline workers to support pandemic safety and recovery.”