SPRINGFIELD – Jurors in Illinois who are LGBTQ will no longer be able to be excluded from jury service simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity under a new law signed recently by Gov. Pritzker that was passed by State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights).

“Ensuring jury pools represent the diversity of Illinois is a vital part of ensuring our criminal justice system is fair,” Hutchinson said. “Allowing jurors to be excluded simply because of who they love or who they are flies in the face of the kind of criminal justice reforms we are all working toward.”

Hutchinson’s new law, contained in Senate Bill 1378, ensures LGBTQ jurors cannot be excluded from jury service simply on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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K3 LibraryKANKAKEE – The Kankakee Public Library is the recipient of a $17,000 mentoring grant from the Illinois secretary of state, State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) announced today.

The grant was awarded through the FY20 Project Next Generation program, which is a mentoring program administered through Illinois public libraries. Mentors work with middle and high school students to help them develop skills needed to use technology and find success through project-based learning. Mentors also help with developing life skills, such as effective communication, goal setting and conflict resolution.

Kankakee is one of 29 public libraries in the state to receive the grant.

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Cannabis signingIllinois will become the 11th state to legalize recreational cannabis after Gov. Pritzker signed the historic measure at a ceremony in Chicago this week.

State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) was a key negotiator of the new law.

“I am so proud to have an instance of working on this issue that I know almost never comes to most policy makers,” Hutchinson said. “To be in spaces where you have to roll up your sleeves and get in and talk to people who do not agree with you, and show up in communities where folks are worrying and afraid about what this means for their communities. There was no one pushing us to do this. We did this because we thought it was the right thing to do."

The new law – which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020 – establishes the regulatory framework to license and tax cannabis sales with a heavy focus on supporting minority communities that have been disproportionally affected by failed drug policies.

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Manhattan Event:

Silver Beat Workshop Manhattan

Join State Senator Toi Hutchinson and representatives from the Illinois Attorney General's office for two Silver Beat Seminars, free for area seniors.

The seminars will include information on how to avoid financial exploitation schemes and your rights under new credit card rules.

The events are being held on Monday, June 24.

10:00a-11:30a: Manhattan Park District, Hansen Community Ctr
397 S. State St., Manhattan, IL 60442
2:00p-3:30p: Kankakee Public Library, 4th Floor Meeting Room
201 E. Merchant St., Kankakee, IL 60901


Contact Senator Toi Hutchinson's office at 708-756-0882.

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