Immigrant, refugee services get left behind in Illinois' budget impasseDonald Trump’s efforts to stop immigration from several countries have prompted outrage across the country. Meanwhile, Governor Bruce Rauner has quietly gone about eliminating all funding for immigrant services in Illinois. Affected programs include funding for health screenings, job training and integration services.

“Now more than ever, immigrants and refugees coming into our state need comprehensive services to ensure they are able to successfully integrate into our society and become productive residents,” State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) said. “Continued cuts that target the most vulnerable among us will do nothing but threaten the future stability of the state.”

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Senator Hutchinson joined her colleagues in the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus in responding to the governor's State of the State address today in Springfield.

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Illinois schools to be tested for lead under Senate planA plan co-sponsored by State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) requiring testing for lead in drinking water in Illinois schools passed the Senate today.

“Research has proven that no amount of lead exposure is safe for children, as even small amounts can have disastrous long-term health effects,” Hutchinson said. “If the situation in Flint, Michigan has taught us anything, it’s that we must take a proactive approach in preventing exposure before it’s too late.”

The proposal, contained in Senate Bill 550, requires schools and daycares constructed before 2000 to test water fountains and other potable drinking pipes for lead levels. If found to contain lead, the Illinois Department of Public Health will work with the school on how to properly mitigate the exposure risk for students.

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Polling LocationSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) responded this afternoon after voting to override Governor Rauner’s veto of a plan to institute automatic voter registration in Illinois.

“Voting in America today is supposed to be a fundamental right enjoyed by all citizens,” Hutchinson said. “Years of hard work guaranteed that discriminatory laws and barriers were broken down to give women, people of color and lower-income voters the chance to have their voices heard. We should be working to advance these policies, making voting simple, easy and accessible for all.”

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