Hunter-DiabetesPlateState Sen. Mattie Hunter saw another major victory for public health when her proposal creating the Diabetes Awareness Special License Plate passed the Illinois Senate.

“Every year, about 3.2 million deaths are attributed to diabetes complications,” Hunter said. “Diabetes is the 6th leading cause of death in the nation, and we must get serious about making sure citizens are educated and aware regarding this chronic disease that continues plaguing our communities.” 

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Category: Health & Human Services

Hunter-MinorityLoanFundLegislation establishing the state of Illinois’ premiere working capital revolving loan fund for small, minority and disadvantaged business contractors is now on the way to the Governor’s desk thanks to the efforts of State Sen. Mattie Hunter.

“This loan fund is a novel program that we need as it’s going to bring new economic opportunities and benefits to Illinois minority and disadvantaged business contractors,” Hunter said.

Hunter, chief sponsor of House Bill 3267, says the legislation allows the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to provide low-interest loans from the established Working Capital Revolving Loan Fund to minority and disadvantaged business enterprise contractors.

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Category: Social Equality

Hunter-AKAAs an Alpha Kappa Alpha sister, State Sen. Mattie Hunter expressed her enthusiasm and support for Alpha Kappa Alpha Day in Illinois.

"Alpha Kappa Alpha is a true cornerstone of our African-American community," said Hunter. "AKA plays an important role in developing black female leaders and serving our communities. This sisterhood is a foundational part of our heritage as black women."

Hunter is co-sponsoring a resolution designating May 15, 2013 as Alpha Kappa Alpha Day in Illinois in recognition of the organization's diligent work and service to the community.

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Category: Press Releases

Hunter-MedicAid5-14-13True to her belief that quality medical care is what everyone deserves, Sen. Mattie Hunter supported a measure that won the approval of the Senate extending health care assistance opportunities to the imprisoned.

"Whether in jail or not, you are a person and your health is valuable and a priority," Hunter said. "That is what I'm trying to achieve with this legislation. Being in a penitentiary in no way equates to an individual being undeserving of quality medical attention."

Hunter is sponsoring House Bill 1046 regarding medical aid eligibility for incarcerated individuals not already enrolled for health care assistance. The measure allows prisoners to apply for such service prior to their scheduled release date. The legislation gives those currently imprisoned the opportunity to apply for medical assistance any time while serving their sentence instead of being made to wait until 30 days before they are released.

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Category: Health & Human Services

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