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Hutchinson honored with Senate retirement resolution

Sen. Toi Hutchinson

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields) was honored last week with a retirement resolution in the Illinois State Senate.

The resolution highlights Hutchinson’s legislative accomplishments and reputation as a highly effective and well-regarded public servant throughout her career in the General Assembly.

“Serving the people of District 40 has been the honor of my lifetime,” Hutchinson said. “I’m proud of the progress we made over the past decade to advance justice and equity in this state and I look forward to carrying those principles into the next chapter of my career serving the people of Illinois.”

Since 2009, Hutchinson has served as Illinois State Senator for Cook, Grundy, Kankakee and Will counties, representing a mix of suburban and rural communities south of Chicago. Hutchinson is also the immediate past President of the National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan non-governmental organization that serves both members of state legislatures and staff. Continue reading.


Senate approves Manar plan to cap insulin costs


SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate approved an initiative last week to rein in the soaring cost of insulin for diabetes patients.
Senate Bill 667, sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), would cap co-payments for insulin at $100 per month for all patients regardless of the supply they require. The cap would only apply to commercial insurance plans regulated by the state.

“Illinois families deserves to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing their loved ones do not have to choose between putting food on the table and buying their prescription medication,” Manar said. “The Senate just took a step toward making that a reality.” Continue reading.






Harris fights to protect rights of student athletes

Sen. Napoleon Harris IIISPRINGFIELD - Student athletes at Illinois colleges and universities would receive compensation from the use of their name, image or likeness under a measure sponsored by Senator Napoleon Harris III (D-Harvey). Currently, college athletes cannot receive compensation for participating in the sports other than scholarships.

"I played college football for four years, and I remember the many times when my family couldn’t afford things we needed and wanted," Harris said. "However, on game days, the stadiums were packed, and the university was making millions of dollars."

Senate Bill 2278 would also prohibit athletic association or conference from preventing a school or a student from participating in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and will not affect the student's scholarship eligibility. Ultimately this measure will ok student-athletes to generate profits for themselves through the use of their names and likenesses, such as in video games. Continue reading.


Gillespie workforce development package increases skilled job training opportunities

Sen. Ann GillespieSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) celebrated the Illinois State Board of Education’s (ISBE) announcement that career and technical education (CTE) enrollment has increased.

Citing the first funding increase to CTE programs in over five years, ISBE announced that CTE enrollment has increased by nearly 5,000 students since 2016. Gillespie says it is vital to train more Illinois workers for in-demand, specialized jobs.

“Career and technical education programs offer an affordable alternative to higher education that train students with tangible, hands-on work skills,” Gillespie said. Continue reading.




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