Senator Toi Hutchinson (D - Chicago Heights) released the following statement after the Illinois House failed to pass a proposal yesterday to fix the Child Care Assistance Program:

"Every day, working families rely on the Child Care Assistance Program to be able to go to work and provide for their families. Yesterday's vote shows that unfortunately too many are choosing partisan politics over the needs of working families. Clearly, we have more work to do in convincing others that this universally respected, bi-partisan, applauded program is worth fighting for. The stakes are too high to do anything else.”

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Hutchinson, Gordon-Booth call for child care fixSPRINGFIELD – Joined by child care advocates and daycare providers, State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) and State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth (D – Peoria) held a press conference today urging all House members to support Senate Bill 570, a proposal to roll back drastic cuts to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) instituted by the governor.

“We are here today because there is a crisis going on in our communities,” Senator Toi Hutchinson said. “There are daycare centers across this state closing on a daily basis, leaving children without care, parents with no choices and daycare employees without jobs. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue – this is a human issue.”

CCAP provides access to affordable child care for more than 179,000 children throughout the state, giving working parents a hand with the exorbitant and ever-increasing cost of child care. The governor used a secretive emergency rulemaking process to establish new eligibility requirements to the program that went into effect on July 1. His changes will leave out an estimated 90 percent of new applicants who would have qualified for help previously. By declaring his changes as an “emergency,” he both circumvented the General Assembly and the public’s opportunity to make their views known.

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New law protects victims of domestic violence, people with disabilities, from evictionSPRINGFIELD – 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 new law signed today by the governor.  

“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. These ordinances are meant to give more control to municipalities in addressing public safety concerns. Many of them have specifically listed triggers that could lead to an eviction, including numerous calls to law enforcement.

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New law aims to protect college students from sexual assaultSPRINGFIELD – With studies showing an alarming one-in-five undergraduate college women becoming victims of rape or attempted rape, a measure was signed into law today that will prevent and ensure proper response to sexual assaults that occur on college campuses.

“College represents new experiences and new beginnings for thousands of young women and men each year,” sponsor Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) said. “With thousands of college students heading to school, many of them for the first time, we are reminded of the importance in both preventing sexual assaults and responding with every single resource at our disposal when they do occur. Sexual assault cannot be tolerated anywhere.”

While there have been efforts at the federal level to deal with the issue of sexual violence on campuses, universities have been left with a patchwork of recommendations and proposals without clear guidance on how they can reduce the incidence of violence on their campuses and effectively deal with the aftermath of sexual assaults.

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