Majority Caucus Whip State Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) released the following statement in respect to the recent passage of legislation establishing regulations regarding hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”:
“I stand in complete opposition to this measure and the advancement of policy to regulate fracking in Illinois. I early on this session presented legislation establishing a moratorium to keep anyone from realizing high-volume hydraulic fracturing in our state and putting a task force in place to make sure we take enough time to consider this critical issue thoroughly. My colleague, Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park), made a valiant attempt to institute such a moratorium with Senate Bill 630 but fell short. I commend my fellow senator on his efforts and stand with him in continuing my resolve that we should halt fracking practices and allow for a task force to complete concrete, comprehensive evaluation of this highly controversial industry moving further.”
House Bill 1715, the effort regulating the practice of high-volume hydraulic fracturing in Illinois, is approved by the General Assembly and advances to the governor.
Majority Caucus Whip
Years served: 2003 - Present (Senate)
Committee assignments: Appropriations I, Executive, Human Services (Chairperson), Public Health (Vice Chairperson.
Biography: Full-time legislator; born June 1 in Chicago; B.A., government, Monmouth College; M.A., sociology, Jackson State University; certified drug and alcohol counselor and prevention specialist; former vice president of Human Resources Development Institute Inc.; member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.; co-chair of Health Policy Task Force, Council of State Governments; vice chair of the Commission to Study the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its Past and Present Effects on African-Americans.