Sen. Toi HutchinsonSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) responded this afternoon after the Senate passed several proposals to address serious shortcomings in Illinois law related to responding to and preventing sexual harassment.

“A few weeks ago, more than 300 women and men took a stand and demanded a change in the culture of sexual harassment in Springfield,” Hutchinson said. “Today marks an important first step in addressing these serious concerns had by those who signed that letter along with countless others who have heard, seen or been a victim of sexual harassment.”

A key provision of today’s action included a proposal that addresses a current gap in state law that limits the Legislative Ethics Commission and the Executive Ethics Commission from making a ruling on a sexual harassment complaint or imposing penalties against state officials, including members of the legislature. The plan – contained in Senate Bill 402 and co-sponsored by Hutchinson – changes state law to expressly prohibit sexual harassment and allows the commission to issue judgements on founded complaints.

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Sen. Toi HutchinsonSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) released the following statement this afternoon after Governor Rauner announced he would be signing House Bill 40, a measure co-sponsored by Hutchinson that protects a woman’s right to choose in Illinois:

“On May 10, when House Bill 40 was debated in the Illinois Senate, I said that there is nothing more intrinsic to freedom than bodily autonomy. Our ability to make our own decisions with advisors whom we chose to make the best decisions for ourselves and our families must be fiercely protected regardless of income.

“Today, Governor Rauner agreed with me and thousands of women and men who stood up and used the most powerful tool we have: our voices. Thanks to those voices, House Bill 40 will become law in Illinois. We did it!”

Click here to listen to Sen. Hutchinson's floor speech on HB 40 from May 10, 2017.

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The below op-ed from State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D - Chicago Heights) appeared in the Kankakee Daily Journal. 

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Never Again | Sen. Toi HutchinsonImagine waking up one morning and receiving news that the one thing that would enable you to work or go to school was going to be taken away.

That was the reality for thousands of Illinois parents two years ago when the governor drastically cut eligibility to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). In one fell swoop, the governor eliminated access to safe and affordable child care for parents across the state.

I remember the almost immediate influx of calls and emails from child care providers both in my district and throughout the state who were worried about keeping their doors open through the end of the year. I also remember the unique set of circumstances the General Assembly was experiencing at the time, as it marked the beginning stages of an epic and historic budget impasse that no one could have convinced me at the time would go on as long as it did.

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Hutchinson supports bipartisan school funding reform planSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) released the following statement this afternoon after voting in support of Senate Bill 1947, a plan that will change Illinois’ last-in-the-nation school funding formula by prioritizing state dollars to school districts with the most need:

“For years, teachers, advocates and policymakers have been working to make Illinois’ system of school funding more equitable for all students. Today, the Senate passed a plan that accomplishes that goal.

“While I have serious concerns with the creation of a tax credit program for private schools, a passable solution required legislators on both sides of the aisle to compromise.

“I look forward to continuing the work that needs to be done to ensure children are receiving high-quality education no matter their address or zip code.”

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