Food deserts In an effort to provide information about health issues and access to quality food options, House Bill 3157, backed by State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) has become law.

“This lack of access can usually be found in underprivileged areas,” said Hunter. “Most families in food deserts also live without a car, strictly relying on public transportation to commute. I believe everyone, regardless of location, should have access to quality produce. It’s important to build partnerships among local government and businesses to tackle this growing problem.”

House Bill 3157 will require the Department of Public Health to provide the General Assembly with an annual report that identifies the locations of food deserts, along with analysis on the health impacts in such locations.

A food desert is defined as a location with a lack of grocery stores, farmers' markets, or healthy food providers, thus leading local residents to rely on unhealthier food options.

The legislation becomes effective June 1, 2018.

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Property Tax Alert There are more than 15,000 property owners whose taxes are past due in our district. It is extremely important to pay off any outstanding balances to avoid fines or even a possible loss of your property.

Please click the here to find out if you are at risk. The next annual tax sale where property that has not paid it’s taxes can be sold is May 2018. If you have any questions, you should call your taxing body (The Cook County Treasurer's Office.) Phone number: (312) 443-5100.

 

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State Senator Mattie Hunter (D- Chicago) released the following statement after voting down Senate Bill 1947, a school funding reform measure:

“On its own, I’m not in favor of a voucher program.  It’s a $75 million pilot program that should not have been included in this package.

It’s unfortunate that the Governor and his allies chose to play politics by not signing on to the original legislation that would have fairly funded our public schools.

The Governor has pitted Chicago students against downstate and suburban kids, now private schools against public schools. I chose to stand against his tactics.”

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