TransformILWebLogoSPRINGFIELD- To mirror the success seen in DuPage County, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) has introduced a series of initiatives to streamline and remove redundancies in local government.  

“DuPage County has been a leader in government consolidation,” Cullerton said. “It’s time to spread our success throughout Illinois. We need to continue to look for ways to save valuable taxpayer dollars.”

Cullerton acknowledges that Illinois has more than 7,000 government entities that were developed decades ago.

Here are two of the first initiatives introduced by Cullerton this year to streamline state government.

Government consolidation report (Senate Bill 2994): Requires all Illinois county boards to submit a report to the General Assembly recommending units of government that may be dissolved or consolidated.

This was the first step DuPage County took in its government consolidation efforts. Through this model, the county is projected to save taxpayers more than $100 million over the next 20 years.

Mosquito abatement (Senate Bill 2323): Dissolves all mosquito abatement districts in DuPage County and transfers their duties to townships.

Mosquito abatement districts manage mosquito populations and the economic and environmental impact they have on communities.

As a member of Transform Illinois, Cullerton has been working with all levels of government to find ways to streamline and improve the delivery of government services in communities across Illinois.

“It’s important that we continue to find ways to make sure government is working for the citizens of Illinois,” Cullerton said. “Government needs to evolve with the needs of the people.”

Transform Illinois is a collaboration between local elected officials, civic organizations and research institutions dedicated to promoting and supporting local government efficiency efforts.  Cullerton is an active collaborator.

 

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The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Please see below a list of summer meal sites in our district. Please let me contact our Villa Park at (630) 903-6662 with any questions or concerns.

 

Open to the Public

Addison Trail High School
213 N. Lombard Road
Addison, 60101
6/15/15 – 7/17/15
Breakfast
Sponsor: DuPage HSD 88

Americana Intermediate School
1629 President Street
Glendale Heights, 60139
6/15/15 – 6/26/15
Breakfast/Lunch
Sponsor: Queen Bee SD 16

Americana Intermediate School
1629 President Street
Glendale Heights, 60139
7/6/15 – 7/31/15
Breakfast/Lunch
Sponsor: Queen Bee SD 16

Glenside Middle School
1560 Bloomingdale Drive
Glendale Heights, 60139
6/15/15 – 7/31/15
Breakfast
Sponsor: Queen Bee SD 16

Marquardt Middle School
1912 Glen Ellyn Road
Glendale Heights, 60139
6/29/15 – 7/31/15
Breakfast/Lunch
Sponsor: Marquardt SD 15

Outreach Community Center
345 S. President Street
Carol Stream, 60188
6/15/15 – 8/7/15
Breakfast/Lunch
Sponsor: Northern Illinois Food Bank

Renaissance at Carol Stream
201 Flame Court
Carol Stream, 60188
6/22/15 – 7/16/15
Lunch
Sponsor: Northern Illinois Food Bank

Schafer Elementary School
700 E. Pleasant Lane
Chicago, 60148
6/12/15 – 7/2/15
Sponsor: SD 45 DuPage County

Willowbrook High School
1250- S. Ardmore Avenue
Village Park, 60181
6/15/15 – 7/17/15
Breakfast
Sponsor DuPage HSD 88

Closed Programs – Only for Clients of the Agency


New Hope Church
230 W. Plymouth Street
Villa Park, 60181
6/10/15 – 8/21/15
Breakfast/Lunch
Sponsor: Northern Illinois Food Bank

Puente Del Pueblo
27 W 500 N Ave
West Chicago, 60185
6/15/15 – 8/7/15
Lunch
Sponsor: Northern Illinois Food Bank

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TCFloor5.19.15SPRINGFIELD- The Small Business Administration reports, small businesses provide as many as 80 percent of new jobs each year. New businesses struggling to raise money to take their companies to the next level may soon have another method to find funding.  

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) passed legislation to make Illinois more business friendly by instituting intrastate crowdfunding exemptions.

“Illinois has the vital infrastructure to promote job creation. Crowdfunding is the next step in embracing innovative business practices,” said Cullerton. “This legislation creates an essential partnership between investors and small businesses to be successful and create jobs in our state.”

Crowdfunding is funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people. In exchange for funding, investors receive a small ownership interest in the enterprise.

Read more: Senator Tom Cullerton passes measure to create new jobs in Illinois

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drugfreeSPRINGFIELD- Two years ago, in Bartlett, Johnny Dudek’s grandmother found him unresponsive in his bedroom. Dudek overdosed during a deadly month in DuPage County in which 11 deaths were caused by lethal heroin overdoses.

To prevent tragic deaths like Dudek’s, DuPage County introduced the first county-wide application of Narcan in the state. The DuPage County Health Department organized an effort to equip more than 2,000 people, largely local police, with Narcan at the beginning of 2014. The use of Narcan in DuPage County has since saved 49 lives.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is hoping to spread the success of this county-wide program by sponsoring Senate Bill 10, which would require state and local police officers, as well as fire protection personnel and firefighters, to be trained in administrating Narcan.

“We need to find a comprehensive solution to protect our young people from making fatal decisions,” said Cullerton. “Our first priority is to put protections in place to save lives.”

Narcan reverses the effects of overdose for heroin, cocaine, Vicodin, OxyContin and Morphine. The drug can be administered either by injection or nasal spray.

Throughout the nation, fatal drug overdoses have increased six-fold over three decades, claiming 36,000 Americans every year.

“Drug overdoses can happen to people regardless of their age, socioeconomic background or ethnicity. We have a way to save lives. It’s our duty to empower our first responders with the ability to prevent drug related deaths,” said Cullerton.   

SB 10 passed out of the Senate with bipartisan support and will now move to the House for consideration.

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District Office
338 S. Ardmore Ave.
Villa Park, IL 60181
P: (630) 903-6662
F: (630) 903-6643

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122 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
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