Hutch frerichsSPRINGFIELD – Last year, the legal medical marijuana industry in Illinois took in $136 million in revenues. Federal and state banking regulations, however, mean most marijuana businesses are operating on a cash-only basis.

State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) joined with Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs this morning in passing a proposal out of the Senate Financial Institutions Committee that would help address the issue.

“Right now, we have an existing legal medical marijuana program that is being affected by these outdated banking regulations,” Hutchinson said. “These are issues that these businesses are dealing with right now. While there are conversations on whether to legalize recreational marijuana sales, regardless of the outcome of that legislation, we still must address the barriers facing medical marijuana companies.”

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05242018CM0474RSPRINGFIELD – A working family of three who earns up to $41,560 per year would be eligible for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) under a proposal by State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) that passed the Senate Human Services Committee Tuesday afternoon.

“Working families are finding it harder and harder to afford the ever-increasing cost of child care,” Hutchinson said. “For many families, it makes more financial sense for one parent to stay at home rather than work at all. And for single parents, the cost is often overwhelming.”

Hutchinson’s plan, contained in Senate Bill 1679, would raise the income threshold for qualifying for CCAP from 185 percent of the federal poverty level to 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Currently, for a family of three, 185 percent of the federal poverty level represents $38,443 per year. Under Hutchinson’s plan, families of three could earn up to $41,560 and still qualify for the program.

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03132019CM1320bRSPRINGFIELD – While rates of maternal mortality are declining in other developed countries, the United States is experiencing a spike in deaths among pregnant and recently pregnant women and a wide and growing disparity among women based on their race and ethnicity.

State Senators Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) and Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) joined with advocates in Springfield this afternoon to discuss a comprehensive package of proposals to address the growing public health concern.

“Just because the pregnancy goes smoothly doesn’t mean the mother won’t have complications afterward,” Castro said. “We are careful to examine newborns and their progress after birth, so why shouldn’t we do the same for mothers?”
Senator Castro has introduced a plan that would address the lack of services experienced by many new mothers.

Senate Bill 1909 would create a pilot program to provide voluntary in-home nursing visits to low-income, first-time pregnant women; mandate quality control guidelines and hemorrhage protocols for birthing facilities; mandate insurance plans to cover medically necessary treatment for postpartum complications; and expand Medicaid coverage to continue for women during pregnancy and during the 12-month period post-birth.

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03122019CM0467RSPRINGFIELD – With property tax bills continuing to climb across Illinois, State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) is working with newly elected Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi on a set of reforms to Illinois’ antiquated property tax system.

“Anyone who owns property in Illinois understands how outdated and regressive our property tax system is,” Hutchinson said. “It is something we all know and discuss, but have done little to address. This proposal would take a meaningful step forward to increase accuracy and transparency for Illinois taxpayers.”

Hutchinson has introduced Senate Bill 1379, which is a comprehensive set of reforms to Cook County’s property tax system. While the proposal would primarily apply to Cook County, all Illinois counties would have the ability to adopt the requirements.

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