Hunter-GamingState Sen. Mattie Hunter responded to today’s progress in regards to gaming expansion with the following statement:

“By expanding gaming, we will bring valuable dollars for our children and their education,” Hunter said, “which is critical for me. As well, this legislation presents a great opportunity for increasing Chicago tourism and revenue for both the city and state, which is important in light of the current economic crisis.”

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Category: Press Releases

FundingforElderlyResponding to the significant need to provide for the health care of Illinois’ elderly, Sen. Mattie Hunterbacked legislation offering relief for the Illinois Department on Aging’s Community Care Program that offers in-home care and community-based services for senior citizens.

“This issue is important to me and the 3rd District I represent that maintains one of the highest populations of residents receiving Medicaid and where many residents benefit from the senior home health services provided with this program,” Hunter said. “That’s what I support and that’s what we here in the General Assembly are accomplishing with this effort.”

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Category: Social Equality

Racial DataIn an attempt to gather a comprehensive collection of racial data, police statewide would be required to identify, as accurately as possible, the ethnicity of all arrested under legislation State Senator Mattie Hunter  passed out of the Illinois Senate Wednesday.

“Previous to 2010, state police identified 99 percent of those arrested as either ‘Black’ or “White,’ leaving all other populations unaccounted for and ignored,” Hunter stated after the Senate approved the legislation unanimously. “With this measure, we will achieve greater documentation and understanding of the individuals being arrested in Illinois, for what particular crimes and be able to identify specific trends in arrests and incarceration.”

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Category: Social Justice

Bridge programState Senator Mattie Hunter today proudly spoke out in support of Small Contractor Bridge, a new loan program that has been created (greatly in response to her efforts) to help small contractors as they compete for public works projects.

Hunter has been vocal for the past several years in respect to identifying the problem of and addressing the need for small business loans and allowing for minority contractors’ participation in bidding on public works projects. She has advocated in the General Assembly for small and minority businesses, having supported in the past programs working to leverage state resources to aid businesses in competing on an equal playing field. Hunter was also among the first to identify the need for a state solution through a working capital program for M/W/DBE (minority-owned, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises) contractors who find themselves unable to bid on public work projects due to high financial barriers and lack of access to working capital.

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Category: Social Equality

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