State Senator Toi Hutchinson has earned a reputation as a highly effective and well-regarded public servant with a strong commitment to the residents of the 40th district. Since joining the Senate in January 2009, Hutchinson has sponsored numerous legislative measures that help working families.
A proud mother of three children, Hutchinson has placed a high importance on improving education since joining the Senate. She has sponsored legislation expanding funding for early-childhood education and helping high-school dropouts re-enroll to receive their diplomas. Hutchinson is also a firm supporter of “tax-swap” legislation, which would provide more dollars for education and reduce the state’s pension debt by exchanging property tax relief for a modestly higher income tax.
Understanding that a key to stimulating the Illinois economy is putting people back to work, Hutchinson sponsored landmark capital construction legislation, providing Illinois with its first jobs bill in over a decade. The legislation will bring hundreds of thousands of quality jobs back into the state and allow Illinois to capture federal matching dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Hutchinson also sponsored legislation to help businesses foster job creation through property tax breaks and interest free loans, available when they restore and update vacant buildings.
To promote public safety, Hutchinson worked with Attorney General Lisa Madigan to craft legislation that clearly defines the act of stalking and cyber stalking. This legislation brings our criminal stalking statutes into the 21st century by acknowledging that stalkers have the ability to use technology to harass their victims. The measure provides harsher penalties for those who violate the law as well. Hutchinson also sponsored a proposal to educate students in grades eight through twelve about the danger of teen dating violence.
To assist seniors who use Medicaid, Hutchinson negotiated legislation to expand the Illinois Cares Rx program, increasing the variety of prescription drug available.
A dedicated public servant for over 15 years, Senator Toi Hutchinson was appointed to the 40th District Senate seat in January 2009. Hutchinson represents portions of Kankakee, Will, Cook and Iroquois counties.
Before joining the Senate, Hutchinson served two terms as the Clerk of the Village of Olympia Fields and most recently worked as Chief of Staff to then Illinois Senate Majority Leader Debbie Halvorson.
Hutchinson and her husband Paul live in Olympia Fields with their three children.
Years served: Appointed January 2009
Committee assignments: Agriculture and Conservation; Labor; Local Government; State Government & Veterans Affairs (Vice-Chairperson); Transportation; Committee of the Whole; Trans Subcommittee Special Issues; 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.