19092018 JM0853ROCKFORD – In her second stop on a state-wide tour, State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) convened the Senate Special Committee on Housing Wednesday to look for ways to create, promote and develop affordable housing opportunities for communities in Rockford and Winnebago County. 

“The demand for affordable housing in Rockford and throughout the state is great,” Hunter said. “It’s more important than ever to create affordable housing opportunities in order to boost economic mobility, reduce poverty and homelessness, improve health outcomes and strengthen the economy.”

Hunter is looking to make low-income housing in Rockford more affordable by lifting the state’s ban on rent control. Currently, Illinois is one of 35 states across the country with a rent control ban.

Hunter discussed a bill she has in the Illinois Senate which aims at lifting that ban, which has been in place since 1997 to prevent state and city governments from enacting any measure that would regulate or control rent prices on private residential or commercial property.

Hunter’s measure would establish elected rent control boards in six regions. The boards would regulate rent for households of specified income levels and could restrict annual rent increases to the rate of inflation. They could also create rules on how much notice must be given before rent is increased and would oversee the creation of a reserve account for landlords to pay for repairs and capital improvements.

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7179280687 831bcb7196 bCHICAGO – The Chicago Public Library system will benefit from more than $40,000 in funding through a program by the Secretary of State’s Office, State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) announced today. 

“Libraries play a central role in our communities and provide invaluable resources,” Hunter said. “I am thrilled that the Chicago Public Library received this recognition from the state and can help carry out these necessary afterschool programs for our children.”

More than $526,000 was awarded through Project Next Generation (PNG) grant to 31 public libraries statewide to establish educational, after-school programs that not only provide access to computers, software and various technology devices but also hire mentors who are crucial to helping students develop self-confidence and pride in their newly acquired skills.

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SPRINGFIELD – A new law sponsored by State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) will help address the challenges minority farmers face by expanding access to state and federal resources.

House Bill 4234 defines farmers who will benefit from the new law as people who have been subjected to racial, ethnic or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of a group without regard to their individual qualities. These groups include people who are African American, American Indian, Alaskan native, Hispanic, Asian-American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander.

The Farmer Equity Act directs the Illinois Department of Agriculture to ensure that such farmers, including those in urban areas, are included in the development, implementation and enforcement of agriculture laws, policies and programs.

“The Farmer Equity Act gives farmers from the many minority communities of our state a voice and decision-making power,” Hunter said. “It ensures that farmers of color can be represented in state policy-making, so they can advocate for their needs and gain access to resources.”

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yuma bike back to schoolSPRINGFIELD – A new law passed by State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) will protect kids and promote health through safe biking and walking education.

House Bill 4799 creates The Bike Walk Education in Schools Act and adds biking and walking education to Illinois’ safety education curriculum.

Nearly five children are hit by drivers every day while walking or biking within one block of a school, according to Illinois crash data.

“Walking and biking is a great way for kids to get more physical activity, reduce the risk of obesity and promote good overall health,” Hunter said. “This new law helps ensure that kids are protected and safe doing just that.”

Under the new law, every K-8 public school will provide instruction, study and discussion of effective methods for cyclists and pedestrians to prevent traffic accidents and injuries. 

The governor signed House Bill 4799 into law this week. It takes effect Jan. 1, 2018.

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