Congratulations to Toi Hutchinson (’14) who was named one of the 50 most powerful women in Chicago by Chicago Magazine. She was also honored on February 12, 2020 by the NIU College of Law with the Excellence in Service and Leadership Award during its 17th Annual Minority Reception.
In September 2019, Toi became the senior adviser to the Governor on cannabis control. She was appointed by Gov. Pritzker for this position where she has been overseeing the roll out of the new program and coordinating the efforts of several state agencies. According to the Governor’s administration, there has been roughly $110 million in revenue since recreational sales of cannabis at Illinois dispensaries began on Jan 1.
Prior to current role, Toi had served as an Illinois Senator since 2009 where she earned a reputation as a highly effective and well-regarded public servant with a strong commitment to the residents of the 40th District. During her tenure, she placed a high importance on working to modernize Illinois’ antiquated tax structure, protecting women and children from violence and exploitation and supporting construction projects that create jobs while also maintaining Illinois’ position as an international transportation hub. She served on numerous committees including as chairwoman of the Senate Revenue Committee. In addition, she served as president of the National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan organization that serves the nation’s 7,383 state lawmakers and more than 20,000 legislative staff throughout the country.