HunterSOSState Senator Mattie Hunter’s (D-Chicago) hard work in the Senate was acknowledged by Governor Pat Quinn during his State of the State address today.

Gov. Quinn spoke about the great progress the state has made this past year.  He highlighted the achievements of Majority Caucus Whip Mattie Hunter by noting that her efforts to establish a new revolving loan fund has led to an increase in minority state contracts.

Illinois has increased state contracts to minority and women-owned businesses by nearly 60 percent since the governor took office.

Jobs, education, health and increasing access to greater opportunities were the main themes of the governor’s address. One of his plans for this year is to increase youth employment –a legislative goal that Sen. Hunter feels passionately about.

“Last year, I proposed an initiative to increase jobs for young people. This year, I am looking forward to working with Gov. Quinn to expand opportunities for aspiring youth,” Hunter said. “It was good to see him focus on an issue that I think would not only help our communities, but also our economy.”

The senator is waiting to hear the governor’s recommendations on budget night but is looking forward to working with him this session.

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