influenza 1CHICAGO – Starting Jan. 1, 2019, students and parents will have more access to research and prevention materials regarding influenza.

State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) championed the measure after a rapid increase in the number of people going to see their doctors or health care providers with flu-related symptoms last year.

“The flu is a serious and contagious disease that can lead to severe consequences,” Hunter said. “One of the best ways to prevent influenza is to stay informed.”

Senate Bill 2654 will require the Illinois Department of Public Health to develop informational materials about influenza and flu vaccines for school districts. Additionally, school boards will be required to provide that information to parents when notifying them of other health-related matters.

“Providing parents with information can help reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits and missed school due to flu,” Hunter said. “I am glad that we now have additional steps in place to protect children and families by providing them the information they need to live healthy lives.”

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CHICAGO – State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) has issued the following statement on the Cook County Court’s decision this week to grant an injunction preventing Chicago Public Schools from transitioning National Teachers Academy Elementary School (NTA) into a neighborhood high school:

“This is a powerful victory for students, parents, faculty, administration and everyone in the South Loop community who fought to keep NTA open. I am inspired today by the unwavering commitment that many parents displayed to protect their children’s education.

“This historic ruling is the result of a lot of hard work. An entire community came together to fight for NTA, and I especially commend the efforts of Niketa Brar, Elisabeth Greer, Candace Moore and all those from Local School Council and the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights who advocated for what they believed in.

“We must continue to stem the tide of disruptive school closures. We need to end the displacement that has plagued CPS throughout its recent history. I will continue to fight for equal education and for creating diverse, high-quality K-12 and high school options throughout Chicago.” 

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UrbanAgSPRINGFIELD – A new law passed by State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) will help provide opportunities for small farmers and community organizers to create urban agriculture zones where communities can grow food for themselves and combat food deserts.

The Senate voted to override the governor’s veto of House Bill 3418 today, which allows counties or municipalities to create urban agriculture zones composed of organizations or individuals who grow produce or other agricultural products, raise or process livestock or poultry or whose stock is a minimum of 75 percent locally grown.

“This bill was about offering support to urban farmers and empowering them to grow their own healthy foods,” Hunter said. “I am glad we now have the ability to help urban farmers grow and supply fresh, local food to communities that need extra support in Chicago.”

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MercyHospitalSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) spoke on the Senate floor today in response to the tragic shooting at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago on Nov. 29. Hunter read the names of the victims and the Senate observed a moment of silence in honor of those killed in the shooting:

"I rise to speak today with a heavy heart for my community of Bronzeville, where on Monday afternoon, November 19th, a man showed up at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center and opened fire on his former fiancée before turning the gun on others, killing the woman, a police offer and a bystander.

"In a matter of minutes, the city of Chicago lost an emergency room doctor, Dr. Tamara O’Neal, a pharmaceutical assistant, Dayna Less and a police officer, Samuel Jimenez, who were all going about their day, all doing what they loved.

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