Hutchinson advances plan to restore child care eligibilitySPRINGFIELD – Nearly two years ago, Governor Rauner made drastic cuts to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), eliminating safe and affordable child care for tens of thousands of working Illinoisans. While some of those cuts were later reversed, families with parents enrolled in education or training programs remain ineligible.

State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) passed Senate Bill 1705 out of the Senate Human Services Committee yesterday afternoon restoring child care eligibility for these families.

“Every child requires someplace safe to be so their parents can be full and active participants in our economy,” Hutchinson said. “It makes no sense for us on one hand to advocate for training and educational opportunities, which will have long-term financial benefits for families, while taking away any helping hand that would support that parent in achieving their goal.” 

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State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D - Chicago Heights) discusses the story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, three incredibly smart women who worked for NASA and helped put a man into space.

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State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) responded today after attending Governor Rauner’s budget address to a joint Senate and House audience in Springfield.

"$11 million a day is the cost of doing nothing. We need a budget now," Hutchinson said.

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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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