052014 js 1648RSPRINGFIELD – Pregnant women across Illinois can soon collectively exhale as discrimination against their current condition may soon be a civil rights violation in Illinois. State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) is sponsoring legislation that will make it illegal for employers to discriminate against women because they are pregnant.

“As more women are likely to be their family's primary breadwinner, it has become evident that continuing to work through pregnancy and returning to work is particularly important for women and their families. Women are either the primary breadwinner or co-breadwinners in 64% of U.S. families, noted Senator Toi Hutchinson.

“The intent of this legislation is to make unmistakably clear that employers have to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant women, just like they do for workers who need accommodations because of a disability.

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042814LL0114RKankakee – State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D - Chicago Heights) wrapped up a well-attended hiring fair this afternoon at the Kankakee Valley Park District Recreation Center.

With over 50 employers in attendance, job seekers flocked to the event with the hope of attracting a potential employer.

“There was a tangible energy and enthusiasm throughout the event, coming not just from those seeking employment, but also the employers themselves,” said Sen. Hutchinson. “It was obvious people were getting proactively involved on both sides of the hiring process.”

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Legislation to provide grant money and immunity

prison-162885 640RSPRINGFIELD – The fight against human trafficking in Illinois may be receiving a huge boost in the form of legislation that unanimously passed the State Senate today. Proposed by Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights), the Specialized Services for Survivors of Human Trafficking fund would provide grants for essential needs associated with human trafficking and prostitution, while providing that minors can no longer be charged with solicitation of a sex act.

“Those who have been enslaved by sex traffickers should be lawfully protected and given every opportunity to heal and move forward with their lives,” Sen. Hutchinson said.

The measure is funded from fees and forfeitures accrued from offenders convicted of human trafficking or prostitution crimes. Priority services administered in consultation with expert advocates, including emergency housing and drop-in centers.

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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)

4-2-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? According to State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights), it is high time our state started taking solutions-oriented steps to keep our kids in school, while staying out of trouble.

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

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