Slowik: Democrats set to fill Senate seat vacated by Hutchinson for pot czar post

Thanks to the Smoke-Free Illinois Act that took effect in 2008, it won’t be the traditional smoke-filled room where Democratic Party leaders convene Friday evening to duke it out for their favorite candidates. 

Party bosses will convene at 5 p.m. in the Iroquois Room at Kankakee Community College to appoint someone to serve the 14 months remaining in the term of Toi Hutchinson, who resigned her state Senate seat to become the new “pot czar” for Illinois.

First, they’ll hear from the four candidates vying to fill the vacancy created when Hutchinson, of Olympia Fields, resigned her Senate seat and on Monday began her new job in Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration.

Hutchinson will oversee the implementation of the state’s new recreational marijuana program, which takes effect on Jan. 1. Hutchinson, 46, was appointed to the Senate seat in 2009 when Debbie Halvorson was elected to Congress. Hutchinson had previously served as Halvorson’s chief of staff, and prior to that was the village clerk for Olympia Fields. (Click here for more)

[Excerpt from the Chicago Tribune’s Daily Southtown Nov, 7th by Ted Slowik}

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