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Patricia Van Pelt

Democratic — Senator — District 5
Available Terms:
  • 98th
  • 99th

Patricia Van Pelt represents Senate District 5 in the Illinois Senate, is a member of eight committees, and is the primary sponsor of 289 bills.

2012 312101.89

For detailed campaign finance information visit Influence Explorer. Figures via the National Institute on Money in State Politics.

  • Springfield Office:

    Senator 5th District
    218A Capitol Building
    Springfield, IL   62706
    Phone: 217-782-6252
  • District Office:

    1016 W. Jackson Boulevard
    Chicago, IL  60607
    Phone: 312-888-9191
    Fax: 312-277-3716



News and Blog Coverage

Public Interest Group Gives Republican IL Lawmakers 'Poor' Marks On Legislative Scorecard

A new legislative scorecard highlights just how politically polarized the Illinois state legislature is on social and economic justice issues. Citizen Action/Illinois , a public interest organization and a progressive political coalition, released its 98th General Assembly scorecard last week, and no state Republican legislator scored higher than a "poor" ...

Who Voted For, Against Same-Sex Marriage in Illinois

The Illinois House on Tuesday voted 61-54 to approve same-sex marriage in Illinois. The Senate followed suit about an hour later, and the state is now a governor's signature away from becoming the 15th to allow gay marriages. Here's how state lawmakers voted in the House and Senate. HOUSE : ...

Pricey Renovations At State Capitol Building Continue To Spark Criticism

News links: Associated Press Pricey renovations at the Illinois Capitol Building continue to draw criticism considering the state's financial woes. Some of the costly components of the state capitol building's face lift include $323,000 for four chandeliers, close to $670,000 for copper-covered wooden doors, and $160,000 for two sculptures. "We're ...

Quinn Signs New Laws To Help Ex-Offenders Gain Employment

On Saturday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a few pieces of legislation that he says will give ex-offenders a second chance at employment and a productive life. The new laws offer prosecutors and judges more sentencing options for non-violent offenders and streamlines the criminal record expungement process in an effort to ...

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Committee Membership

Sponsored Bills

  • SR 757

    Mourns Betsy Stockard-Odeneal

  • SR 653

    Memorial - Robert E. Johnson

  • SB 2148


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  • SB 2145

    Min Wage-Income Tax Credit

  • SB 2147

    Healthy Workplace Act

  • SR 587

    Il Film Tax Credit - Chiraq

Recent Votes

SB 1854


Legislator Vote: Yes

•••Yes: 3762.0
•••No: 1627.0
•••Other: 610.0
SB 763


Legislator Vote: Yes

•••Yes: 4271.0
•••No: 1016.0
•••Other: 711.0
SB 2046

Third Reading

Legislator Vote: Yes

•••Yes: 3661.0
•••No: 1932.0
•••Other: 46.0
SB 163

Third Reading

Legislator Vote: Yes

•••Yes: 5694.0
•••No: 00.0
•••Other: 35.0
HB 1


Legislator Vote: Yes

•••Yes: 4474.0
•••No: 1118.0
•••Other: 46.0
SB 274


Legislator Vote: Yes

•••Yes: 3762.0
•••No: 1525.0
•••Other: 711.0
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