Illinois State Sen. Toi Hutchinson will address the graduates and their guests at the 56th annual commencement ceremony at Prairie State College (PSC) on Saturday, May 16. The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. in the Pioneer Fieldhouse, located on Vollmer road, north of the college’s main campus at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights, Ill.
Hutchinson has earned a reputation as a highly effective and well-regarded public servant with a strong commitment to the residents of the 40th District.
As chairwoman of the Senate Revenue Committee, Hutchinson has introduced legislation to close corporate tax loopholes, which would make corporations pay their fair share and help ensure the state doesn’t balance its budget on the backs of middle-class families. Hutchinson also passed a law increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) as well as the standard tax exemption, allowing working families to keep more of their hard-earned money.
She has passed many laws that protect women, children, seniors and people with disabilities, including safeguarding the rights of pregnant women in the workforce, mandating the immediate testing of rape kits and strengthening anti-cyberstalking laws.
Hutchinson has been an ardent supporter of transportation development in the 40th District. She passed a law creating the Southeast Commuter Rail Transit District that will eventually construct a new Metra line connecting the South Suburbs and downtown Chicago in addition to passing the first public-private financing agreement in Illinois.
Hutchinson earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a law degree from Northern Illinois University College of Law.
She lives with her family in Olympia Fields.
More than 450 students will graduate from PSC with associate degrees and certificates, and more than 300 graduates will participate in the ceremony. For more information about PSC's commencement ceremony, contact the Office of Student Affairs at (708) 709-3507.