State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) said this week that she is disheartened by the process used by Chicago Public Schools to determine the 129 schools now targeted for potential closing.

Hunter was adamant that she believes a school closings moratorium is needed to give students, parents, community residents and CPS time to adequately assess safety, social and educational issues these closings may present. 33 of the 129 listed schools facing potential closing lie within the boundaries of the 3rd Senate District.

“City and state officials, as well as students, parents and community residents, have been kept in the dark and out of secret meetings where these school closing decisions were made,’” said Hunter.

Hunter maintains that she is not opposed to all the decisions made in respect to the schools in

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State Senator Mattie Hunter (D–Chicago) expressed her support Thursday for the Medicaid expansion legislation that passed the Illinois Senate.

The measure expands health care services to an estimated 342,000 people.

“Throughout my career as a legislator, I have advocated for health care issues, especially health care issues affecting minorities and the poor,” Hunter stated. “I see this Medicaid expansion not just as a triumph for all Illinoisans, but also as a personal victory.”

SB 26 allows the state of Illinois to take advantage of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) and allow for low-income adult state citizens currently lacking health insurance to receive Medicaid.
The expansion would begin in 2014. The legislation targets low-income adults ages 19 to 64 without dependents currently unable to receive Medicaid.

“With my background as a health care professional, I know from personal experience the difficulties individuals face in this area when they are impoverished and cannot afford insurance,” said Hunter. “I know all too well how the health and well-being of our citizens suffer when they do not have the benefits they need as a result of being low-income and thus uninsured. With SB 26, we’re moving toward easing and ending that suffering.”

SB 26 now moves to the Illinois House.

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