file5441277786833SPRINGFIELD, IL – Sen. Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) released the statement below in response to President Obama’s proposed four-year, $302 billion highway bill:

“Highway development and maintenance is undeniably central to our American way of life. Here in Illinois, the passage of President Obama’s proposed highway bill would provide crucial funding for projects such as, the Illiana Expressway, the construction of which will provide construction jobs for thousands and improved transportation of goods and services in South Suburban Illinois and across the Midwest.

“Perhaps, even more importantly, these funds would be supported in part by a corporate tax overhaul, tax code reform being a cause that I continue to fight for here in Illinois. Closing tax loopholes and making the tax system fairer for all while developing our state’s infrastructure and adding essential jobs for Illinois families, is a worthy cause that I can give my full support to.”

Today, President Obama will propose the bill that will build highways, bridges, railways and transit programs, as well as protect 700,000 jobs.

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“It is time for the lawmakers of this state to stand up to the status quo and mend our fractured tax code.” - State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D - Chicago Heights)

p-hutchinsonSPRINGFIELD - In an effort to ensure that corporations are paying their fair share in Illinois taxes, State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) has filed legislation that aims to bring back much-needed cash flow to the state of Illinois by closing corporate tax loopholes.

“For far too long, tax code ambiguities have opened the door for corporations to accumulate huge profits without paying their fair share,” Sen. Hutchinson said. “It is time for the lawmakers of this state to stand up to the status quo and mend our fractured tax code.”

The legislation proposes eliminating three major loopholes that allow corporations to avoid state income taxes:
1. Tax foreign dividends. 
     a. Closing this loophole would generate $320 million annually
2. Encourage businesses to earn profits domestically as opposed to overseas. 
     a. Closing this loophole would generate $100 million annually
3. Repeal the non-combinational rule where corporations set up complex tax avoidance structures. 
     a. Closing this loophole would generate $25 million annually

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110713 CM 0579RSPRINGFIELD – In response to heightened levels of violent theft aimed at smart phone users, State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) is sponsoring legislation that would require smart phones to be rendered completely inoperable if lost or stolen.

The main goal of the legislation known as the Smart Phone Kill Switch Act is to erase the incentive to steal smart phones and sell them on the black market.

“By rendering a cell phone useless after it is stolen, you take away its value. When you potential thieves are aware that there is no value in an item once stolen, the incentive to steal the item disappears,” said Sen. Hutchinson. “As a mother of three children, all with phones of their own, I know I will feel more at ease with the passage of this legislation.”

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"The proposed South Suburban Airport would be a pivotal force in providing a smoother, more efficient travel experience for all those visiting and coming home to Chicago." - State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D - Chicago Heights)  

Airport TriprCHICAGO - To express their strong support for a third airport in Chicagoland, State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Olympia Fields), federal officials and a group of other Illinois lawmakers today met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to urge federal officials to expedite final approval of the project.  

“Local and national leaders came together to show their intense support for a new airport for the south suburbs to be built as soon as possible. In spurring on the federal review procedure, we are doing our part to expedite the process in Washington,” Sen. Hutchinson said.  

The FAA and U.S. Department of Transportation were urged by those at the meeting to accelerate the review the plans for the airport. The new airport would be a boon to the regional economy as well as help sustain America’s aviation supremacy.  

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