120313 cm 0795rState Senator Toi Hutchinson (D - Chicago Heights) released the following statement after casting her no vote on Senate Bill 1:  

“As a lawmaker, I have the responsibility of proposing just and constitutionally sound legislation. I do not believe this proposed law fulfils this responsibility. I am tired of hearing of what we are supposedly doing for union bosses without talking about what we are doing to the person who has been working for the past 30 years, making the necessary pension payments, and today, still faces the prospect of losing what has been hard earned.  

If this issue were simply about saving money, a bill would have already been passed. But this legislation deals with people’s very livelihoods, the retirement benefits of thousands of hard-working Illinoisans, and I cannot support a law that fails to take this truth into account.”  

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cid114rSPRINGFIELD – With dozens of homes heavily damaged from yesterday’s storms, State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) joined Governor Quinn today in assessing damage in and around the Diamond area.

“The damage in the Diamond and Coal City area is extensive,” Hutchinson said. “Luckily, there have been no reports of loss of life and only a few injuries.”

The American Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter at Coal City High School, located at 655 West Division Street, for those who have been displaced by the storms. The Red Cross has also started distributing food to those affected.

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021413br0652rSenator Toi Hutchinson (D - Chicago Heights) applauded the General Assembly for passing Senate Bill 10 yesterday, putting Illinois on track to become the fifteenth state to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.

"At the end of the day, we had enough votes to say that no matter who you are and no matter who you love, you should be treated equally under the law."

Hutchinson, a co-sponsor and ardent supporter of Marriage Equality legislation, released the following audio statement shortly after casting her yes vote:

 

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Below is an op-ed by Senator Hutchinson regarding the Illiana Expressway:

As the sponsor of legislation creating the Illiana Expressway, I am watching with interest recent media reports questioning the need and cost of this roadway.

Let me be clear: the need for the Illiana Expressway has never been greater. The Southland continues to be one of the fastest growing areas in Illinois with infrastructure development lagging behind.

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) based its analysis on hypotheticals and seems more geared to provincial political concerns than project facts. In the Southland, we call this Chicago politics as usual.

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