04242018CM0832RSPRINGFIELD – Law enforcement officers who sexually abuse or rape individuals in custody could face charges under a new law passed by State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights).

“The general public should have complete faith that law enforcement officers are held to the same standards as everyone else in our society,” Hutchinson said. “No one person should be immune to consequences for their actions, and our laws should reflect that reality.”

The new law, contained in House Bill 5597, would expand the definition of custodial sexual misconduct to include law enforcement officers who engage in sexual conduct with an individual in police custody. Illinois is one of 34 states that allow police officers to evade sexual assault or rape charges by claiming that sexual activity with someone detained or in custody is consensual.

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04172018CM0638RSPRINGFIELD – Companies doing business with the State of Illinois will be required to have a sexual harassment policy protecting workers under a new law signed today and passed by State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights).

“The State of Illinois should be a leader in ensuring sexual harassment is not tolerated in our state,” Hutchinson said. “Every year, hundreds of companies team up with the state to provide services to our residents. We need to ensure these individuals performing state work are protected and know sexual harassment is not tolerated in Illinois.”

The new law, contained in Senate Bill 405, requires all companies that make a bid or offer for a state contract have a sexual harassment policy in place. Additionally, the law requires companies that claim EDGE tax credits to include their sexual harassment policy in their annual report to the state.

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SupremeCourtSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) released the following statement this morning after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against public sector unions in the Janus v. AFSCME case:

“Today’s court decision will have a direct impact on the income, health benefits and overall standard of living for thousands of public workers and their families across our nation. These are workers who care for our children, protect our environment and keep us safe.

“At a time of historic inequity in our economy, this is the latest blow to working families that will have a ripple effect for decades to come. It also shows us that partisan gamesmanship in Washington is continuing to enrich special interests at the expense of working families.”

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093011br0124RSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) voted in favor of a balanced, bipartisan budget this evening that invests more state funding in education while opposing proposed cuts by Gov. Bruce Rauner to a host of after school programs and services.

“Our state budget is a moral document,” Hutchinson said. “Our priorities are shown by where we choose to invest. The spending plan we developed and passed invests in our children, our students and individuals with disabilities while making commonsense cuts to non-essential services to ensure we are living within our means.”

The budget plan, contained in House Bill 109 and House Bill 3342, includes $350 million more in education funding with an additional $50 million investment in early childhood education. Higher education institutions, which have borne the brunt of Illinois’ budget impasse over the last few years, receive $25 million in additional state funding.

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