Hutchinson signs letter supporting Illiana, other Southland projectsState Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) showed her support for several construction projects in the Southland, including the Illiana Expressway and South Suburban Airport in the 40th District, in a recent letter penned to Governor Rauner.

The letter, sent from Congresswoman Robin Kelly and signed by more than thirty suburban mayors and state and local officials, lays out the list of infrastructure and economic development projects currently being planned for the Southland and their economic impact on the region.

“We write to reiterate our strong, bipartisan support for these nearly shovel-ready projects,” the letter lays out. “Each of these would be self-financed yet ultimately generate a great amount of opportunities and hundreds of millions of dollars in new tax revenues for the state of Illinois.”

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“Our democracy works best when voters have a direct voice in deciding who
represents them and their interests.” - State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D - Chicago Heights)

Comptroller office to be decided by voters, not politiciansSPRINGFIELD – Illinois voters, not politicians, will now have the opportunity to select a state comptroller in the 2016 election.

“Our democracy works best when voters have a direct voice in deciding who represents them and their interests,” Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) said. “Having politicians decide who will hold a statewide office for four years is inconsistent with reforms made over the past few years to make Illinois a more accountable, better-managed state.”

House Bill 4576, co-sponsored by Senator Hutchinson, passed the Senate today, setting up a 2016 election for comptroller. With the passing of Judy Baar Topinka, the legislation gives voters the chance to select a comptroller at the next general election.

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huchinson123114SPRINGFIELD – Taxpayers will be able to keep a closer eye on how mass transit agencies spend their dollars under a newly signed state law sponsored by Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields).

The law requires the RTA, CTA, Metra and Pace to broadcast their meetings online in real time and archive the broadcasts on the agency websites.

“These agencies spend millions of our tax dollars and are responsible for moving millions of people around Chicago and the suburbs. The more we can do to open up their meetings and the decision-making process, the better,” said Hutchinson.

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“How our schools discipline our children is one of the most significant predictors of our state’s future.” - State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D - Chicago Heights)

ReportCardRSPRINGFIELD – Has your child been suspended? Expelled? Arrested? Do a large number of students at your child’s school receive severe disciplinary action that keeps them out of the classroom on a consistent basis? A new law spearheaded by State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights), is forcing our state to start taking solutions-oriented steps to keep our kids in school and out of trouble.

“How our schools discipline our children is one of the most significant predictors of our state’s future,” Hutchinson said.

The new law requires the Illinois State Board of Education to provide a comprehensive report on school discipline by Oct. 31, 2015. The report must include data on the issuance of out-of-school suspensions, expulsions and removals to alternative locations, broken down by race and ethnicity, gender, age, grade level, limited English proficiency, incident type and discipline duration.

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