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Senator Toi W. Hutchinson
40th District

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate today approved a resolution introduced by State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields) to honor the City of Chicago’s year-long effort to highlight Chicago’s vibrant theatre scene and celebrate the talented actors, actresses, producers and directors who entertain audiences from around the world.

Senate Resolution 728 recognizes 2019 as the ‘Year of Chicago Theatre’ as designated in September 2018 by former Mayor Rahm Emanuel and civic and theatre leaders throughout the city.

“Thank you to former Mayor Emanuel and all who took part in the Year of Chicago Theatre,” Hutchinson said. “This initiative highlights the rich history and culture of Chicago theatrical arts and is helping to provide opportunities to the next generation of young, talented performers who will build on that legacy, ensuring Chicago remains one of the most dynamic theatre scenes in the world.”

The initiative by the City of Chicago was the first of its kind in the United States and has featured theatre performances – including improv, dance, opera, puppetry and more – and special events for the public at hundreds of cultural venues, theatre, parks and neighborhood locations city-wide.

The Year of Chicago Theatre also included a marketing campaign intended to foster a discussion around inclusion and equity, call on philanthropic and business leaders to support the theatre community, and expand the geographic scope of Chicago theatre, especially on the city’s South and West Sides.

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields) was honored today with a retirement resolution in the Illinois State Senate.

The resolution highlights Hutchinson’s legislative accomplishments and reputation as a highly effective and well-regarded public servant throughout her career in the General Assembly.

“Serving the people of District 40 has been the honor of my lifetime,” Hutchinson said. “I’m proud of the progress we made over the past decade to advance justice and equity in this state and I look forward to carrying those principles into the next chapter of my career serving the people of Illinois.”

Since 2009, Hutchinson has served as Illinois State Senator for Cook, Grundy, Kankakee and Will Counties, representing a mix of suburban and rural communities south of Chicago. Hutchinson is also the immediate past President of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a bipartisan non-governmental organization that serves both members of state legislatures and staff.

In her new role, Hutchinson will oversee Illinois’ new recreational cannabis program, an initiative she helped move through the Senate during the 2019 General Assembly.

“While Senator Hutchinson’s departure will be a profound loss for the Illinois Senate, I congratulate her on her new role and wish her nothing but the best as she continues to serve the residents of Illinois,” Senate President John Cullerton said.

Hutchinson’s most distinguishable legislative achievements include:

  • Passing legislation to safeguard pregnant women in the workplace from discrimination.
  • Passing legislation making Illinois the first state mandating that all rape kits be tested within 10 days.
  • Overhauling Illinois’ tax system by passing legislation to create a graduated tax rate, reducing tax burdens for 97 percent of Illinois taxpayers.
  • Playing a key role in crafting legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis in Illinois.
  • Passing legislation to increase the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), allowing working families to keep more of their hard-earned money.
  • Passing legislation giving Illinois farmers the ability to cultivate industrial hemp.
  • Passing legislation to allow sex trafficking victims to seal court records.

However, Hutchinson’s most cherished role is being a wife to her husband Paul and mother to her three children, Paul Jr., Camryn, and Ryan.

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04242018CM0832RSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) released the following statement this evening after voting in support of House Bill 1438, a proposal Hutchinson co-sponsored and was actively involved in negotiating that would legalize adult-use cannabis in Illinois.

“One of the things that we wanted to make sure we accomplished with legalization was ensuring we put social equity at the center and the heart of our efforts, acknowledging that while we normalize and legalize something that is happening across the country, that we tie the direct nexus to the communities that the prohibition has hurt the most.

“We are really proud of these provisions that enable us to study this new law, track any success or failures and give ourselves the time and information needed to self-correct if it doesn’t do what it is we expect it to do.”

Read more about House Bill 1438

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Hutchinson101218SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) announced the release of a $1.8 million grant to help reopen the Kankakee River State Park’s campgrounds to visitors.

“This is welcomed news for Kankakee residents who have missed the opportunity to enjoy these public lands for the last three to four summers,” Hutchinson said. “I am excited to see families and visitors at the Chippewa and Potawatomi campgrounds again.”

The money for the campgrounds was included in the FY19 budget and is a part of more than $14 million in capital improvement projects at state parks and recreation areas managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The Potawatomi campground closed before the 2015 season for planned improvement and the Chippewa site closed after the 2015 season due to a failed water well. These closures have been cited as a reason for recent attendance decline at Kankakee River State Park.

The campgrounds are expected to reopen in spring 2019.

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