After-school funding among several vital programs included in Senate planSPRINGFIELD – A plan to provide funding for the Teen REACH program, which provides grants to support local communities’ after-school programs that serve at-risk youth, is expected to be considered today in the Illinois Senate.

“Study after study points to a direct correlation between investing in quality after-school programs and higher levels of student success and lower rates of crime,” State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) said. “Many communities across Illinois, from East St. Louis to Rockford to municipalities in the South Suburbs, are suffering from disinvestment and high rates of crime. The common denominator in all of these communities is that too many youth are not in school and are not working.”

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Kankakee-area schools would see increased state funding under Senate planSPRINGFIELD – Area schools would see millions more in state funding next year under a plan being considered tomorrow in the Illinois Senate.

“Investing in the future success of our students starts with ensuring our classrooms are well-equipped and ready to train the leaders of tomorrow,” supporter State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) said. “Increasing state funding for school districts not only accomplishes this goal but also takes the pressure off communities with little property wealth to draw resources from.”

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“Government should ensure women have access to all forms of contraceptives without intrusion by insurance bureaucrats or politicians.” – State Senator Toi Hutchinson

Hutchinson leads Senate in requiring insurance coverage for contraceptivesSPRINGFIELD – With 98 percent of American women using birth control at some point in their lives, having easy access to the myriad forms of contraceptives available is an important part of the health care delivery system for women.  

“Women utilize contraceptives for many different reasons. The most obvious reason is for birth control,” State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) said. “But for many women, contraceptives play a key role in our overall health. Government should ensure that women have access to all forms of contraceptives without intrusion by insurance bureaucrats or politicians.”

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Area school districts would see increased state funding under planSPRINGFIELD – A plan to increase state funding for area school districts passed the Senate today with support from State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights).

“Illinois’ school funding formula hasn’t been updated in decades,” Hutchinson said. “The proposal I supported today would target more state resources to the schools that need it the most.”

Senate Bill 231 would update Illinois’ current method of funding school districts by targeting state monies based on a Weighted Foundation Level tied to characteristics of each school district, including low-income pupil count, the number of English language learners and special education students.

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