She attended Infant Jesus of Prague elementary school in Flossmoor, and Rich Central High School in Olympia Fields. She graduated from Northern Illinois University"s College of Law in 2014.
She was appointed in January 2009 to complete the rest of Debbie Halvorson"s term (following Halvorson"s 2008 election to the United States House of Representatives. The 40th district includes all or parts of Bradley, Bourbonnais, Chicago Heights, Flossmoor, Homewood, Hopkins Park, Kankakee, Olympia Fields, Peotone and University Park. Prior to her service in the Illinois Senate, Hutchinson was City Clerk for the Village of Olympia Fields, Illinois.
At the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in English and minoring in Psychology.
Hutchinson returned to her old high school as an English teacher. Hutchinson has experience working for various causes.
She worked on behalf of the State Alliance of The Young Men's Christian Association, and for the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce"s Government Affairs Council. In 2004, she became an Executive Management Fellow in the Women and Leadership program created by Harvard University"s Kennedy School of Government.
That same year, Hutchinson ran unsuccessfully for Supervisor of Bloom Township.
The day after that election, she accepted a position on the staff of then-State Senator Debbie Halvorson, in neighboring Chicago Heights, Illinois. Hutchinson"s term began in January 2009. As of October 2010, she was serving on the following committees:
Agriculture and Conservation
State Government and Veteran Affairs (Venture capital)
After Jesse Jackson Junior resigned from being the United States. Representative for Illinois"s 2nd congressional district, on November 29, 2012 Hutchinson announced her intent to run in the 2013 special election to fill that seat in the United States Congress.
She was endorsed by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, and Illinois State Representatives Anthony DeLuca, Lisa Dugan, First Rate (at Lloyd's) Riley, and Thaddeus Jones.
She has also been endorsed by the Mayors of Flossmoor and Kankakee, Illinois. She has also received an "A-" rating from the National Rifle Association (a firearms advocacy group) for her voting record on gun-regulation-related issues.