The below op-ed from State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D - Chicago Heights) appeared in the Kankakee Daily Journal. 

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Never Again | Sen. Toi HutchinsonImagine waking up one morning and receiving news that the one thing that would enable you to work or go to school was going to be taken away.

That was the reality for thousands of Illinois parents two years ago when the governor drastically cut eligibility to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). In one fell swoop, the governor eliminated access to safe and affordable child care for parents across the state.

I remember the almost immediate influx of calls and emails from child care providers both in my district and throughout the state who were worried about keeping their doors open through the end of the year. I also remember the unique set of circumstances the General Assembly was experiencing at the time, as it marked the beginning stages of an epic and historic budget impasse that no one could have convinced me at the time would go on as long as it did.

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Hutchinson supports bipartisan school funding reform planSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) released the following statement this afternoon after voting in support of Senate Bill 1947, a plan that will change Illinois’ last-in-the-nation school funding formula by prioritizing state dollars to school districts with the most need:

“For years, teachers, advocates and policymakers have been working to make Illinois’ system of school funding more equitable for all students. Today, the Senate passed a plan that accomplishes that goal.

“While I have serious concerns with the creation of a tax credit program for private schools, a passable solution required legislators on both sides of the aisle to compromise.

“I look forward to continuing the work that needs to be done to ensure children are receiving high-quality education no matter their address or zip code.”

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Automatic voter registration now Illinois lawSPRINGFIELD – Illinois will become the tenth state to institute automatic voter registration after a proposal co-sponsored by State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) was signed into law this morning by the governor.

“Decades of hard work have broken down discriminatory laws and barriers that kept women, people of color and lower-income voters from having an equal say in our democracy,” Hutchinson said. “Today, we take another step to ensure voting is simple, accessible and free from interference or fraud.”

The new law, contained in Senate Bill 1933, moves Illinois into an opt-out voter registration system instead of the current opt-in system, meaning residents would be automatically registered to vote when visiting the Secretary of State’s office and similar state agencies for services.

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Sen. Toi HutchinsonSPRINGFIELD – Cuts to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) under Governor Bruce Rauner two years ago decimated the once hailed program that helps low-income families afford the every-increasing cost of child care. While some of the governor’s cuts were restored within a few months, thousands of families remained ineligible.

A new law sponsored by State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) and signed into law on Friday restores access to child care services for families whose parents are enrolled in education or training programs.

“There are thousands of parents across Illinois who are striving to achieve a better life for themselves and their children,” Hutchinson said. “Why would the state stand in the way of those families? For many, access to affordable child care can make the difference between having the ability of going back to school or obtaining training, both of which are vital to increasing earnings potential and lifting families out of poverty.”

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