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Senator Toi W. Hutchinson
40th District


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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