Hutchinson proposal protects victims of domestic, sexual assault from eviction

evictionSPRINGFIELD – Victims of domestic and sexual assault who contact authorities for help will not have to worry about losing their home under a proposal that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

“The last thing a survivor of a traumatic assault needs to worry about is the threat of eviction by simply calling the police for help,” sponsor State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) said.  

Domestic and sexual assault survivors risk eviction in the more than 100 home rule Illinois municipalities 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.

While the intent of “crime-free” ordinances is to deal with illegal activity, victims of domestic and sexual assault can be affected by the rules, especially if there are several instances of abuse where multiple calls to the police for help are made.

“Victims should not be penalized for the actions of their abusers,” Hutchinson said.  

Senate Bill 1547 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee today and heads to the Senate floor for further debate.

Hutchinson applauds raising wages, helping families

MinWageAfter a majority of Illinoisans voted in favor of an increase this past November in the state’s minimum wage, the Illinois Senate voted today to make their will the law of the land.

“Yes, we have increased the minimum wage by a set dollar amount, but we must not let this victory prohibit us from continuing to look for ways to provide economic relief for working families across this state,” Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) said. “Those who once had no hope of turning their hard work into a comfortable living may now feel a little more at ease paying their bills and supporting their children.”

Senate Bill 11, co-sponsored by Senator Hutchinson, passed the Senate today, increasing the wage to $9.00 this July and by $0.50 each year until 2019 when the wage would reach $11.00. The proposal also includes a three-year tax credit for employers with fewer than 50 employees, lessening the burden for smaller businesses throughout the state.

While the Senate passed a similar proposal in December, the House did not take up the legislation. Senate Bill 11 now moves to the Illinois House for further debate.

Reports from state board will focus on disciplinary action

“How our schools discipline our children is one of the most significant predictors of our state’s future.” - State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D - Chicago Heights)

ReportCardRSPRINGFIELD – Has your child been suspended? Expelled? Arrested? Do a large number of students at your child’s school receive severe disciplinary action that keeps them out of the classroom on a consistent basis? A new law spearheaded by State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights), is forcing our state to start taking solutions-oriented steps to keep our kids in school and out of trouble.

“How our schools discipline our children is one of the most significant predictors of our state’s future,” Hutchinson said.

The new law requires the Illinois State Board of Education to provide a comprehensive report on school discipline by Oct. 31, 2015. The report must include data on the issuance of out-of-school suspensions, expulsions and removals to alternative locations, broken down by race and ethnicity, gender, age, grade level, limited English proficiency, incident type and discipline duration.

Hutchinson delivers workplace protection to pregnant women

8 26 14 HB 8 Bill Signing 031B RSPRINGFIELD – Pregnant women across Illinois can collectively exhale as discrimination against their current condition is now a civil rights violation in Illinois. State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) sponsored a new law that is making it illegal for employers to discriminate against women because they are pregnant.

“I am so relieved that vital protections are finally being offered to women who want to keep working throughout their pregnancy. Unfortunately, many women in this country still face unpaid maternity leave, which forces them to forego needed income right when another child adds to the family budget,” Sen. Hutchinson said. “For women with healthy pregnancies who need to work as long as possible, this law is crucial to their ability to stop having to choose between their jobs and their ability to provide for their families. This strong pro-family bill should unite people from all across the political spectrum who want to give strong support to families across our state.”

Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson

40th District

Years served: 
2009 - 2019

Committee assignments: Executive; Judiciary; Public Health; Revenue (Chairperson); Transportation; Subcommittee on Special Issues.

Biography: Full-time state legislator; Born May 20, 1973; Graduated University of Illinois at Urbana with a Bachelor in English; Olympia Fields Village Clerk from 2002-2006; Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Management Program; Women and Power, 2004; Former Chief of Staff to State Senator Debbie Halvorson; Lives in Olympia Fields with husband, Paul, and 3 children.

Associated Representatives:
Anthony DeLuca
Lindsay Parkhurst