Urban PrepState Senator Mattie Hunter honored a group of students and administrators from Urban Prep Academies at the State Capitol on Wednesday, April 17.
For the fourth consecutive year, 100 percent of the Urban Prep Englewood campus’ senior class and the inaugural graduating class from Urban Prep's West campus has been accepted to four-year colleges and universities.
“I am impressed with these young men, their drive and commitment to scholarship,” Senator Hunter said. “I was proud to support and acknowledge the gentlemen of Urban Prep when they visited the General Assembly and wish them the best in their futures of continued dedication to academic excellence.”
Urban Prep Academies operates a network of all-boys public schools in Chicago, including the country’s first charter high school for boys. Urban Prep’s mission is to provide a high-quality and comprehensive college-preparatory educational experience to young men that results in graduates being prepared for attending and succeeding in college.

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women minorityState Senator Mattie Hunter saw her legislation opening up greater opportunity for minority women and their business enterprises pass the Senate Friday.

“Why should we deny minority women the ability to classify their business as a woman-owned and a minority-owned business if both these titles define them?” Hunter said. “I maintain that if a business is owned by someone who is a racial minority and female, how that enterprise is classified and marketed should be allowed to reflect that.” 

Senate Bill 2320 allows minority women entrepreneurs to elect to participate as both a minority-owned and woman-owned business in Central Management Services’ Business Enterprise Program.

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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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