093011br0124RSPRINGFIELD – Illinois non-profits will be spared a tax hike thanks to legislation passed by State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) that was signed into law on Friday by Gov. Pritzker.

Hutchinson’s new law – passed under Senate Bill 1257 – decouples Illinois from a new tax on nonprofits that was included in President Trump’s 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

“Across Illinois, nonprofits take care of our seniors, ensure children are safe in the community and support individuals with disabilities,” Hutchinson said. “Imposing a new tax on these organizations would only risk disrupting vital services that Illinoisans rely upon every day.”

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SPRINGFIELD – Jurors in Illinois who are LGBTQ will no longer be able to be excluded from jury service simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity under a new law signed recently by Gov. Pritzker that was passed by State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights).

“Ensuring jury pools represent the diversity of Illinois is a vital part of ensuring our criminal justice system is fair,” Hutchinson said. “Allowing jurors to be excluded simply because of who they love or who they are flies in the face of the kind of criminal justice reforms we are all working toward.”

Hutchinson’s new law, contained in Senate Bill 1378, ensures LGBTQ jurors cannot be excluded from jury service simply on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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K3 LibraryKANKAKEE – The Kankakee Public Library is the recipient of a $17,000 mentoring grant from the Illinois secretary of state, State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) announced today.

The grant was awarded through the FY20 Project Next Generation program, which is a mentoring program administered through Illinois public libraries. Mentors work with middle and high school students to help them develop skills needed to use technology and find success through project-based learning. Mentors also help with developing life skills, such as effective communication, goal setting and conflict resolution.

Kankakee is one of 29 public libraries in the state to receive the grant.

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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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