053113br0465r“Illinois is fortunate to have one of the most expansive infrastructure networks in the country. We must invest in our infrastructure now and create the conditions for job opportunities to happen.”-State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D- Chicago Heights)

UNIVERSITY PARK - State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) joined the governor at a signing ceremony today for Senate Bill 20. This signing represents the next step toward the construction of the South Suburban Airport near Peotone. The plan will create thousands of jobs and increase economic development throughout the Southland.

“Illinois is fortunate to have one of the most expansive infrastructure networks in the country,” Hutchinson said. “We must invest in our infrastructure now and create the conditions for job opportunities to happen.”

Senate Bill 20 allows the Illinois Department of Transportation to develop, finance and operate any part of the construction of the South Suburban Airport through public-private agreements with one or more private entities.

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Senator Hutchinson released the following statement regarding today's concealed carry override:

“Without legislative action, at 12:01 on July 10, Illinois would have transitioned into constitutional open carry. The underlying bill vetoed by the governor contains more training than any other state in the country and was the result of months of compromise on the part of the legislature and stakeholders. I agree with the vast majority of the expressed concerns of the governor and I am committed to working to address these issues in the coming months. However, we were under a strict court-mandated deadline and, without action, we would be left with no legislation and no restrictions on where firearms could be carried.
 
This would have translated into an individual legally being able to carry a loaded firearm into a bar and not be in violation of any state law. For this reason, I am disappointed at the timing and the manner in which the governor issued his veto. Representatives Cloonen, DeLuca and myself all voted in favor of this override, as we understand what would have happened if we lost the underlying bill and the protections this bill included.”

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050813 js 0182r“One of the biggest problems associated with diabetes is the high number of people who are unaware they have this disease,” -State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D- Chicago Heights)

SPRINGFIELD - Over 25 million children and adults are estimated to be living with diabetes in the United States. Of this total, seven million are undiagnosed and untreated, leaving them at risk for severe long-term health problems or even death.

In the African-American community, diabetes is more prevalent and more deadly, making proper care and prevention even more important.

Because the number of diabetes cases is steadily rising, State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D - Chicago Heights), who has a family member with diabetes, sponsored Diabetes Awareness and Prevention Day at the Capitol.

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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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