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  • Hutchinson honored with YMCA Legislative Champion Award

    Hutchinson receives YMCA Legislative Champion AwardSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) was honored with the 2016 Legislative Champion Award from the Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs this morning at an event in Springfield.

    “I am humbled to be receiving the 2016 Legislative Champion Award from an organization dedicated to the issues facing the children of Illinois,” Hutchinson said. “YMCAs serve our communities by providing vital child care programs, after-school services and athletic opportunities to thousands of children. At a time of drastic cuts to our social safety net, the work done by YMCAs is more important than ever.”

    The Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs represents 46 centers throughout the state, serving more than one million children and adults in more than 120 communities.

    “We are so fortunate to have a legislator like Senator Hutchinson fighting for our state's children and families,” DaWana Williamson with the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago said. “Her unrelenting leadership and advocacy for quality and accessible youth programs has been instrumental in making sure organizations like the YMCA are able to partner with schools, juvenile detention facilities, government agencies and churches to reach and serve our state's most at-risk youth.”

    Photo: Senator Hutchinson with DaWana Williamson from the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago after accepting the 2016 Legislative Championship Award.

  • Bertino-Tarrant receives award from Illinois School Psychologists Association

    bertino-tarrant-awardSPRINGFIELD— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) has received an award from the Illinois School Psychologists Association in appreciation of her sponsoring legislation that supports schools and schoolchildren in Illinois.

    Bertino-Tarrant worked with the Illinois School Psychologists Association in 2014 to get a law approved that makes it easier for school psychologists and other school support personnel to become principals.

    “I was proud to work with the Illinois School Psychologists Association to make it easier for school psychologists to serve as principals,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I am grateful to receive this award, and I look forward to continued collaborations with the association on issues that will help our students and schools.”

    House Bill 5286, which Bertino-Tarrant sponsored, allows school psychologists who have four or more years’ experience to become principals. They would also still have to complete a principal preparation program and have a master’s degree or higher.