CautionLeadHazardSPRINGFIELD – State Sens. Donne Trotter and Mattie Hunter took an important step to ensure that instances of lead exposure like what happened in Flint, Michigan doesn’t happen in Illinois. Currently, it’s legal to re-sale or re-lease a property that is found to have high levels of lead in the paint and other building materials. A measure that passed through the Illinois Senate’s Public Health Committee unanimously would prohibit the reuse of that property until the issue is solved.

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012716CM0033SPRINGFIELD – Over 128,000 low-income college students who rely upon MAP grants may soon receive funding. Today, Chicago Democrats State Senators Mattie Hunter, Donne Trotter and the Illinois Senate passed legislation to fund the MAP colleges and community colleges.

“Our teens have suffered enough during the budget impasse. I’m proud we passed funding to help MAP grant recipients continue their schooling,” said State Senator Mattie Hunter, co-sponsor of the bill. “We should continue fighting to keep great institutions such as Chicago State University open as well.”

The plan provides over $397 million in funding for students who were in limbo for attaining a college degree. Statewide community colleges are set to receive $260 million, as well.

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HunterEnergyCommitteeNew legislation creating law enforcement reforms was signed into law today. State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago, 3) supported the bipartisan push for officer-worn body camera protocols.

“Law enforcement reforms help protect the safety of both officers on duty and citizens. Our communities are stronger when there is trust and practices in place to create accountability,” Hunter said.

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school brkfstEvery morning, students gather around their school’s cafeteria to eat breakfast. Among every five children in school, at least one will not eat breakfast. Hunger makes school harder for the 23 percent of Illinois children who are food insecure.

February 23-27 marks Illinois School Breakfast Week, a time to acknowledge the lingering hunger gap in the state.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Illinois No Kid Hungry and other partners launched the Rise and Shine Illinois campaign to advocate for expanding school breakfast.

In 2013, roughly 449,000 children did not receive breakfasts available to them despite growing participation in breakfast programs.

The Rise and Shine Illinois campaign urges residents to take the breakfast pledge today.

“Children need a well-balanced and nutritious breakfast every morning. Kids perform better in school when they aren’t hungry,” said State Senator Mattie Hunter, member of the Illinois Senate Public Health Committee. “That’s why I’m pledging to see no child hungry in Illinois.”

Next week, March 2-6 also marks National School Breakfast Week. The Illinois School Nutrition Association asks people to join the national conversation about providing nutritious meal options for all students in America.

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