Cannabis signingIllinois will become the 11th state to legalize recreational cannabis after Gov. Pritzker signed the historic measure at a ceremony in Chicago this week.

State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) was a key negotiator of the new law.

“I am so proud to have an instance of working on this issue that I know almost never comes to most policy makers,” Hutchinson said. “To be in spaces where you have to roll up your sleeves and get in and talk to people who do not agree with you, and show up in communities where folks are worrying and afraid about what this means for their communities. There was no one pushing us to do this. We did this because we thought it was the right thing to do."

The new law – which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020 – establishes the regulatory framework to license and tax cannabis sales with a heavy focus on supporting minority communities that have been disproportionally affected by failed drug policies.

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Manhattan Event:

Silver Beat Workshop Manhattan

Join State Senator Toi Hutchinson and representatives from the Illinois Attorney General's office for two Silver Beat Seminars, free for area seniors.

The seminars will include information on how to avoid financial exploitation schemes and your rights under new credit card rules.

The events are being held on Monday, June 24.

10:00a-11:30a: Manhattan Park District, Hansen Community Ctr
397 S. State St., Manhattan, IL 60442
2:00p-3:30p: Kankakee Public Library, 4th Floor Meeting Room
201 E. Merchant St., Kankakee, IL 60901


Contact Senator Toi Hutchinson's office at 708-756-0882.

Click on the flyers for more information

 Kankakee Event:

  Silver Beat Workshop Kankakee





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093011br0124RSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) released the following statement this afternoon after attending the bill signing of legislation enacting a Fiscal Year 2020 state budget and putting forth to voters the question of a progressive income tax:

“We have had a structural deficit in this state for a very, very long time. One of the first things I learned when I became Chair of the Senate Revenue Committee was just how old, outdated and antiquated our tax system is and how it isn’t working for the economy we actually have.

“You can’t expect results about the things you care about without proper investment on the front end. The rates package answers a call from the community to be transparent about changing our tax code. It lays out proposed rates in full view of every Illinois resident to see. This is the result of all of us working to do exactly what our constituencies asked us to do.

“Our problems are way too big to think small. But we have worked together in a way we haven’t seen in years. We are ready to meet the challenges that the future holds.”

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02072019CM0711RbSPRINGFIELD – After decades of work to implement a fair tax in Illinois, the Senate passed a package of proposals this afternoon that represents the largest change to the tax code in Illinois in decades.

“We simply cannot afford to continue careening from crisis to crisis, solving our budget woes with short-term band-aids that only further burden middle and working-class Illinois families,” Hutchinson said.

Hutchinson is the lead sponsor of Senate Bill 687, which would set a graduated rate structure for Illinois’ income tax system, with lower-income families paying less while wealthier individuals would pay more. Under the plan, those making less than $250,000 would pay the same or less in income taxes, representing 97 percent of Illinois taxpayers.

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