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Illinois Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) was honored with the 2016 Legislative Champion Award from the Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs.

In presenting the award, DaWana Williamson of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago said Hutchinson was being recognized for her leadership and advocacy for quality and accessible youth programs.

“We are so fortunate to have a legislator like Senator Hutchinson fighting for our state’s children and families,” Williamson said.

“I am humbled to be receiving the 2016 Legislative Champion Award from an organization dedicated to the issues facing the children of Illinois,” Hutchinson said. “YMCAs serve our communities by providing vital child care programs, after-school services and athletic opportunities to thousands of children. At a time of drastic cuts to our social safety net, the work done by YMCAs is more important than ever.”

The Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs represents 46 centers throughout the state, serving more than one million children and adults in more than 120 communities.

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