HumanTraffickingRSenator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) joined Senator Karen McConnaughay (R – St. Charles) and organizations from across the state who work to eradicate human trafficking at a ceremony today in the Capitol.

“Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that primarily exploits young women by forcing them into involuntary servitude and prostitution,” Hutchinson said. “It’s all too easy to think of this as an abstract, global problem, but the truth is that this is happening in our own backyards. It’s unacceptable, and it’s time to speak up.”

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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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