Hutchinson: "Children should not be used as leverage in this budget impasse"SPRINGFIELD – Thousands of working parents throughout the state had access to affordable child care services last year thanks to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). Drastic cuts instituted by the governor on July 1 have put these vital services in jeopardy, with approximately 90 percent of new applicants who otherwise meet program requirements no longer eligible for the program.

“Families on CCAP are doing exactly what we tell them they are supposed to be doing, which is waking up every morning and going to work or school,” sponsor State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) said. “Children should not be used as leverage in this budget impasse.”  

In response to the crisis, Hutchison passed a proposal out of the Senate today to restrict the ability of the governor and the Department of Human Services to drastically cut CCAP. In addition to dramatically lowered eligibility standards, children currently in CCAP are facing higher copays and waiting lists to receive services.

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Making the case for paid sick timeSPRINGFIELD - Imagine waking up with a painful toothache that requires immediate dental attention. Or the stomach flu that has been going around the office.

If you have access to paid sick leave, you may not think twice about calling in sick and heading straight to the doctor.

But for many of the more than 42 percent of private-sector employees in Illinois who do not receive a single paid sick day, these scenarios force a difficult decision between going to work sick or missing work, losing out on needed earnings and facing the possibility of losing their job.  

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Hutchinson reacts to Coal City tornado damageSPRINGFIELD – Numerous homes and a fire station were damaged by a tornado that hit the village of Coal City last night, less than two years after a tornado damaged the village. State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) extends her thoughts and prayers to those who are recovering from the storm.

“Although the damage in Coal City is extensive, there have miraculously been no reported fatalities and only a few minor injuries,” Hutchinson said. “I am so thankful for fire department personnel, area police, first responders and the Illinois State Police who are on the ground in Coal City helping those in need.”  

The Red Cross has established a shelter for residents in need at the United Methodist Church, located at 6805 E. McArdle Road.

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Middle-class economic agenda pushed by Senate DemocratsSPRINGFIELD – Families with college students would qualify for increased tuition tax credits, the minimum wage would gradually rise to $11 an hour and millions worth of corporate tax loopholes would be closed under a legislative agenda Illinois Senate Democrats are rallying behind as negotiations with Governor Rauner have stalled.

“When I talk to working families, their concerns are about how they make life better for their children and themselves while their wages have consistently decreased or stayed flat in a time of record corporate profits. It’s time to focus on issues that will improve the quality of life and open doors of opportunity. That’s a real turnaround agenda,” said Senator Toi Hutchinson, a Chicago Heights Democrat.

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