SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) released the following statement on news the Illinois Supreme Court ruled pension reform measures contained in Senate Bill 1 are unconstitutional:

“Today’s court ruling solidifies that we cannot ignore our Constitution’s clearly laid-out protection of pension benefits. While today’s ruling does increase pressure to find a consensus towards solving our budget crisis, it allows us to craft solutions based on real figures, no longer banking on artificial savings from a plan that is unconstitutional.”

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HumanTraffickingRSenator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) joined Senator Karen McConnaughay (R – St. Charles) and organizations from across the state who work to eradicate human trafficking at a ceremony today in the Capitol.

“Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that primarily exploits young women by forcing them into involuntary servitude and prostitution,” Hutchinson said. “It’s all too easy to think of this as an abstract, global problem, but the truth is that this is happening in our own backyards. It’s unacceptable, and it’s time to speak up.”

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Hutchinson supports plan restoring social service cutsSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) supported a plan in the Senate today restoring nearly $30 million in cuts Governor Rauner made to social service agencies earlier this month.  

“This plan prevents layoffs at social service agencies and ensures we are not starting a chain reaction where lost jobs leads to a loss in economic activity in our state,” Hutchinson said. “For every dollar lost in public spending, we lose $1.30 in private sector economic activity. When local jobs are lost, it not only affects social service providers and their clients but also restaurants, dry cleaners and a host of other small businesses. The impact on the local economy is real and we cannot forget that.”

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Victims of domestic violence, people with disabilities, protected from eviction under planSPRINGFIELD – Victims of domestic violence and individuals with disabilities will not have to worry about losing their homes if they contact authorities for help under a proposal that passed the Senate today.

“The last thing a survivor of a traumatic assault or someone struggling with a disability needs to worry about is being evicted simply for calling the police for help,” sponsor State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) said.  

Renters who contact authorities for help risk eviction in the more than 100 home-rule cities and villages 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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