HunterSB3147 2014State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) passed legislation in the Senate that will promote equality and break down socioeconomic residential barriers by extending the Housing Opportunity Abatement Program until 2024.

“In Chicago and across the state, there is an unspoken division between residents of different socioeconomic backgrounds,” said Hunter, career advocate for housing equality and Chair of the Illinois Human Services Committee. “Property value and geography dictates a family’s quality of life. Low-income families should have equal access to geography-based services.”

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HunterBudget2014The dual budget plans proposed today by Governor Quinn presented Illinois families with a bleak outlook if the state does not find alternative solutions for avoiding steep budget cuts. State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) expressed her concern about struggling families and children in a statement today.

“Every time the state needs to balance the budget, we turn to human services and education. The state has cut $1.2 billion from human services over the past five years,” said Sen. Hunter, Chair of the Illinois Human Services Committee. “It’s time for a responsible alternative. We cannot cut our way out of a $7 billion deficit on the backs of struggling families and children.”

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HunterApprop032114As Illinois struggles to balance the budget, the Department of Human Services and Department of Children and Family Services estimate they would face $635 million and $140 million in cuts, respectively, if they cut budgets by 20 percent. State Senator Mattie Hunter released a statement in response to the devastating figures.

“Severe cuts would force agencies to close facilities and end services for 39,000 children, the mentally disabled and millions of struggling families,” said Hunter, Chair of the Illinois Human Services Committee. “Thousands of jobs would be cut at a time when the state faces high poverty and unemployment rates.”

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HunterHEALHearToday the Illinois Senate Public Health Committee discussed the next steps for reducing obesity by offsetting the disproportionate marketing of sugary beverages to low-income families.

“Sugary drinks remain cheap and are marketed toward low-income families,” said State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago,) Vice-Chair of the committee. “The state needs to address the obesity epidemic through healthcare initiatives and funding associated healthcare costs.”

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