042313js103rSPRINGFIELD - In an effort to save homeowners money, State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D - Chicago Heights), passed a law increasing the General Homestead Exemption and the Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption.   

“This property tax break is one way to put more money in people’s pockets who are struggling in this economy,” Hutchinson said.  

Under Senate Bill 1894, the General Homestead Exemption will increase by $1,000 to $7,000 for Cook County homeowners. Homeowners outside of Cook County will see an increase in tax year 2013.

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051413br0408rSPRINGFIELD - In an effort to prevent drunk driving, State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights), passed legislation out of the Senate today allowing wineries to recork bottles of wine for their guests to take home.

“We need to afford wineries the same opportunities we afford restaurants,” Hutchinson said.  “Offering customers a choice is not only an economic benefit for our wineries but also a safety issue on our roadways.”  

Current law allows restaurants to recork wine and place it in a tamper proof bag.  Senate Bill 722 will extend this benefit to wineries.  To avoid an open container violation, the wine must be placed in the non-passenger area of a vehicle.   

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“We have a moral obligation to not turn our backs on 342,000 low income people who are unable to access coverage today.  When they do present at hospital emergency rooms they end up costing all of us more money than if they had some form of health insurance in the first place. With an influx of federal cash, this is the time to help the most vulnerable people in our state get the medical care they need,” said State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D- Chicago Heights).

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021413br0652rSPRINGFIELD - State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D- Chicago Heights), voted today to pass Senate Bill 10, also known as the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.

Hutchinson believes that all couples regardless of sexual orientation should be afforded the same opportunities and benefits under the law.

“This is a new day for Illinois and we should all be proud.  We are giving all couples regardless of sexual orientation the opportunity to marry the person they love,” Hutchinson said.  

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