Hutchinson hosts Budget Town Halls in Chicago Heights, Kankakee

With legislators in Springfield beginning to craft a budget for next year, State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) held two Budget Town Hall meetings in Chicago Heights and Kankakee.

“This year is unlike any other year since I have been in Springfield,” Hutchinson said. “We are facing a budget crisis of enormous proportions, which is going to require shared sacrifice from us all. I held these events to start a conversation with residents of the 40th District about the seriousness of our fiscal situation and what we can do to ensure these problems are not solved on the backs of people least able to afford it.”

Hutchinson was joined at the town halls by Ralph Martire with the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, a bipartisan, nonprofit research and advocacy think tank. Martire gave attendees a presentation on Illinois’ fiscal situation, the structural deficit and an explanation of Illinois’ unfair tax system. 

A copy of Martire’s presentation can be found here. 

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Hutchinson makes the case for paid sick timeSPRINGFIELD – Illinois would become the fourth state to require paid sick time for employees under a proposal heard today in the Senate Executive Committee.

“Far too many Illinoisans are living paycheck to paycheck, unable to miss even one day of work,” sponsor State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) said. “One illness, one accident or one emergency situation could mean choosing between their well-being or putting food on the table.”

The proposal requires Illinois employers to offer up to seven paid sick days per year, accruing an hour at a time for every 30 hours worked. The proposal is similar to a plan unveiled by President Obama earlier this year in an effort to give more flexibility to working families.

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Proposal protects victims of domestic, sexual assault from evictionSPRINGFIELD – Victims of domestic and sexual assault who contact authorities for help will not have to worry about losing their home under a proposal that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

“The last thing a survivor of a traumatic assault needs to worry about is the threat of eviction by simply calling the police for help,” sponsor State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) said.  

Domestic and sexual assault survivors risk eviction in the more than 100 home rule Illinois municipalities that have implemented some form of “crime-free” ordinance meant to give more control to municipalities in addressing public safety concerns. Many of these ordinances have specifically listed triggers that could lead to an eviction, including numerous calls to law enforcement.

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“If we are going to be questioning every dollar that the state spends on programs for seniors, people with disabilities and working families, we need to ensure we are also looking at the other side of the ledger in regards to corporate giveaways.” - State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D - Chicago Heights)

Hutchinson moves to close corporate tax loopholesSPRINGFIELD – In the midst of several recent protests at the Capitol advocating against proposed cuts to services for children, seniors and working families, State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) passed a plan out of the Senate Revenue Committee to close corporate tax loopholes.

“The governor’s budget as it is proposed inflicts real pain on our most vulnerable while also increasing costs for middle-class families,” Hutchinson said. “If we are going to be questioning every dollar that the state spends on programs for seniors, people with disabilities and working families, we need to ensure we are also looking at the other side of the ledger in regards to corporate giveaways.”

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