Senator Hutchinson released the following statement regarding today's concealed carry override:

“Without legislative action, at 12:01 on July 10, Illinois would have transitioned into constitutional open carry. The underlying bill vetoed by the governor contains more training than any other state in the country and was the result of months of compromise on the part of the legislature and stakeholders. I agree with the vast majority of the expressed concerns of the governor and I am committed to working to address these issues in the coming months. However, we were under a strict court-mandated deadline and, without action, we would be left with no legislation and no restrictions on where firearms could be carried.
This would have translated into an individual legally being able to carry a loaded firearm into a bar and not be in violation of any state law. For this reason, I am disappointed at the timing and the manner in which the governor issued his veto. Representatives Cloonen, DeLuca and myself all voted in favor of this override, as we understand what would have happened if we lost the underlying bill and the protections this bill included.”

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050813 js 0182r“One of the biggest problems associated with diabetes is the high number of people who are unaware they have this disease,” -State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D- Chicago Heights)

SPRINGFIELD - Over 25 million children and adults are estimated to be living with diabetes in the United States. Of this total, seven million are undiagnosed and untreated, leaving them at risk for severe long-term health problems or even death.

In the African-American community, diabetes is more prevalent and more deadly, making proper care and prevention even more important.

Because the number of diabetes cases is steadily rising, State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D - Chicago Heights), who has a family member with diabetes, sponsored Diabetes Awareness and Prevention Day at the Capitol.

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042313js103rSPRINGFIELD - In an effort to save homeowners money, State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D - Chicago Heights), passed a law increasing the General Homestead Exemption and the Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption.   

“This property tax break is one way to put more money in people’s pockets who are struggling in this economy,” Hutchinson said.  

Under Senate Bill 1894, the General Homestead Exemption will increase by $1,000 to $7,000 for Cook County homeowners. Homeowners outside of Cook County will see an increase in tax year 2013.

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051413br0408rSPRINGFIELD - In an effort to prevent drunk driving, State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights), passed legislation out of the Senate today allowing wineries to recork bottles of wine for their guests to take home.

“We need to afford wineries the same opportunities we afford restaurants,” Hutchinson said.  “Offering customers a choice is not only an economic benefit for our wineries but also a safety issue on our roadways.”  

Current law allows restaurants to recork wine and place it in a tamper proof bag.  Senate Bill 722 will extend this benefit to wineries.  To avoid an open container violation, the wine must be placed in the non-passenger area of a vehicle.   

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