State Senator Toi Hutchinson represents the 40th State Senate District of Illinois:
Map from toihutchinson.com
Hutchinson was appointed to the State Senate to fill out the term of Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson. Hutchinson was previously Halvorson's Chief of Staff.
Women for Toi Hutchinson meet before heading door-to-door
Women for Toi Hutchinson are holding a "Jazzin with Toi" fundraising event in order to support Hutchinson's election campaign on August 26th at the Lincolnshire Country Club in Crete, Illinois.
willcountynewspolitics also sat down and spoke with Phyllis Hayes, Chairperson of Women for Toi Hutchinson. Hayes answered questions regarding why she supports Toi Hutchinson, and why she thinks Toi Hutchinson is the best person for the job of representing the citizens of the 40th District in Springfield.
Hayes also answered the question: "What makes Hutchinson able to represent the needs of such a diverse district, ranging from Bloom Township in Cook County to Green Garden Township in Will County to Pembroke Township in Kankakee County and more?"
Obviously, the District has many needs. Pembroke Township, for example, is one of the poorest townships in the country. According to a report by the Chicago Tribune, 44% of adults are unemployed and 98% of children qualify for free lunch. Pembroke lacks basic infrastructure such as natural gas lines and homes lack running water.
Also, in the Chicago Tribune's report of Pembroke Township:
"Hopkins Park's 800 residents are mainly African-American, and many are descendants of the founders. The village, about 60 miles south of Chicago, was founded as a place where African-Americans could use their farming skills and build a life after slavery.
But today, the village has a 44 percent unemployment rate, and the average household income is about $14,000, Payton said.
In 2000, when jobs were plentiful and home values soared, 44 percent of Hopkins Park's residents were living below the poverty level, four times the state average, according to U.S. census data."
The 40th District includes part of the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, in Florence Township. The proposed "Peotone Airport", also known as the "South Suburban Airport" or "Third Chicago Airport" is slated to be built in the 40th District. There is much opposition to this plan from residents residing near the proposed airport.
Interview with Phyllis Hayes, Chairperson of the Women for Toi Hutchinson Committee: