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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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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