• New law requires insurance coverage for contraceptives

    HutchinsonMaySPRINGFIELD – A proposal to require insurance coverage for FDA-approved contraceptive drugs and products in Illinois is now law after State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) passed the plan out of the Senate earlier this year.

    “Nearly every woman in this country utilizes birth control at some point in their lives for varying reasons,” Hutchinson said. “Some women require birth control for health reasons, while others rely on it for family planning. Requiring insurance coverage for birth control is a medical issue, and neither the government nor insurance bureaucrats should have a voice in denying coverage to women.”

  • Kankakee area schools would see increased state funding under Senate plan

    hutchinson mediaSPRINGFIELD – Kankakee-area schools would see more than $5.5 million more in state funding next year under a plan being considered tomorrow in the Illinois Senate.

    “Investing in the future success of our students starts with ensuring our classrooms are well-equipped and ready to train the leaders of tomorrow,” supporter State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) said. “Increasing state funding for school districts not only accomplishes this goal but also takes the pressure off communities with little property wealth to draw resources from.”

    Under the plan being considered, Kankakee School District 111 would see a $4,556,749 increase, Bradley School District 61 would see a $469,701 increase, Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School would see a $399,546 increase and Bourbonnais Elementary School District 53 would see a $282,688 increase.

    “Many school districts would not be able to open on time this year without receiving their state payments,” Hutchinson said. “This plan brings stability to families and teachers and ensures schools open on time this fall.”

    The proposal is expected to be debated and called for a vote tomorrow when the Senate returns to Springfield.

  • Biss right of conscience legislation heading to governor (AUDIO)

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  • Senator Hutchinson Healthcare Right of Conscience

    Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) speaks to her personal experience and feelings regarding the healthcare right of conscience act.

  • Hutchinson leads Senate in requiring insurance coverage for contraceptives

    bcpillsSPRINGFIELD – With 98 percent of American women using birth control at some point in their lives, having easy access to the myriad forms of contraceptives available is an important part of the health care delivery system for women.  

    “Women utilize contraceptives for many different reasons. The most obvious reason is for birth control,” State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) said. “But for many women, contraceptives play a key role in our overall health. Government should ensure that women have access to all forms of contraceptives without intrusion by insurance bureaucrats or politicians.”

  • Automatic voter registration moves forward in Illinois (VIDEO, AUDIO)

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  • Senate votes to restore more higher education funding

    mapoverridePublic universities and community colleges across Illinois would see a substantial portion of their state funding reinstated under legislation the Illinois Senate approved Wednesday.

    Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) led efforts to restore $453.4 million in higher education funding. Included is $46 million for the popular student assistance program known as MAP, which provides assistance for low-income college students.

  • Senator Hutchinson speaks at a press conference

    Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) speaks about two budget measures that passed the Senate today at a Legislative Black Caucus press conference.

  • Hutchinson passes plan to support after-school programs

    teenreachSPRINGFIELD – Since Illinois’ budget impasse began more than eight months ago, more than 1,500 youth across the state have been kicked out of after-school programs that previously received funding from the Teen REACH program. Teen REACH provides grants to support local communities’ after-school programs that serve at-risk youth age 6 to 17.

    “Study after study highlights the direct link between investing in after-school programs and higher levels of student success and lower rates of crime,” State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) said. “This is especially true in some of our most impoverished neighborhoods and communities.”

  • Senate Democrats bring attention to Pay Equity Day (AUDIO)

    Senate Democrats bring attention to Pay Equity DayFor 20 years, Pay Equity Day has highlighted the disparity in workplace earnings between men and women. The day, held in April, represents the extra days a full-time working woman would have to work just to make the same as a man in the previous year.

    State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) passed a resolution in the Senate today highlighting the issue.

    “If women earned the exact same amount as our male counterparts, we would be able to afford seven additional months of mortgage and utility payments or afford nearly two years’ worth of food in one’s lifetime.”

  • Senator Hutchinson discusses Equal Pay for Woman

    Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) discusses her proposal to make women's pay in Illinois equal to that of men's pay for the equivalent job.

  • 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.

  • Senate offers spending authority to governor to honor contracts

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  • Senate approves union arbitration to avoid lockouts, strikes

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  • Senate votes to override Rauner veto of MAP, college funding (AUDIO)


  • No mention of college, seniors, disabled, veterans in Rauner budget speech (VIDEO)


  • Sen. Hutchinson's remarks after the budget address

    Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) shares her thoughts immediately following the governor's budget address on February 17, 2016.

  • Sen. Hutchinson's thoughts on the budget

    Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) shares her thoughts following the governor's second budget address at a press conference in the Capitol.

  • MAP grants, community colleges funding head to governor (AUDIO)

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  • Sen. Hutchinson shares hopes for State of the State

    Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Kankakee) shares her hopes for the upcoming legislative session ahead of the governor's State of the State address.