081214 js 0553RSPRINGFIELD - Legislation helping Illinois farmers was signed into law yesterday afternoon at the Illinois State Fair. The new law will allow farmers to use a wider range of vehicles for work without having to deal with CDL, medical card and hours of service restrictions.

Sponsored by State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights), smaller trucks under 12,000 pounds with drivers possessing only a B or D license, no longer just trucks 16,000 pounds and heavier, may now be designated as covered farm vehicles when pulling a farm-plated trailer.

With the “covered farm vehicle” designation applying to more vehicles, farmers can now simply focus on crops and not on more trucking rules and regulations.

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roadconstructionRSPRINGFIELD – Illinois’ roads, bridges and highways are going to receive a substantial upgrade in the form of $1.1 billion in increased state investment for transportation infrastructure maintenance and improvement. Sponsored by State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) and signed into law this morning, Senate Bill 3224 is a key part of Illinois’ transportation redevelopment project.

“Our state desperately needs the proper resources to improve our transportation infrastructure,” Sen. Hutchinson said. “With this law, we can make Illinois known for having one of the safest and most streamlined road systems in the nation.”

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052014 js 1648RSPRINGFIELD – Pregnant women across Illinois can soon collectively exhale as discrimination against their current condition may soon be a civil rights violation in Illinois. State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) is sponsoring legislation that will make it illegal for employers to discriminate against women because they are pregnant.

“As more women are likely to be their family's primary breadwinner, it has become evident that continuing to work through pregnancy and returning to work is particularly important for women and their families. Women are either the primary breadwinner or co-breadwinners in 64% of U.S. families, noted Senator Toi Hutchinson.

“The intent of this legislation is to make unmistakably clear that employers have to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant women, just like they do for workers who need accommodations because of a disability.

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042814LL0114RKankakee – State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D - Chicago Heights) wrapped up a well-attended hiring fair this afternoon at the Kankakee Valley Park District Recreation Center.

With over 50 employers in attendance, job seekers flocked to the event with the hope of attracting a potential employer.

“There was a tangible energy and enthusiasm throughout the event, coming not just from those seeking employment, but also the employers themselves,” said Sen. Hutchinson. “It was obvious people were getting proactively involved on both sides of the hiring process.”

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