CHICAGO—The Illinois Tollway and State Senator Tom Cullerton are working together to keep Illinois work zones safe by imposing stricter penalties for reckless driving in Illinois work zones.

Cullerton’s proposed legislation would increases the fine for hitting a construction worker in a work zone from $10,000 to $25,000 and would create a new encroachment violation that would impose a fine for going around cones and barrels.

“Driving recklessly through construction zones to shave off a few minutes of your arrival time can be the difference between life and death,” Cullerton said. “Our road construction workers are working day and night to improve our state’s infrastructure. It’s our job to drive responsibly and respectfully to prevent tragedies.”

This legislation comes in light of an accident in which Bartlett resident Frank Caputo, a flagger, was struck and killed in an Illinois Tollway work zone.

Officials say there are 4,800 work zone crashes in Illinois each year. In 2017, fatalities were reported in 29 of them.

“We will work to honor Frank Caputo by finding ways to keep his fellow workers safe,” Cullerton said. “Tragedies like this stress the need to drive carefully, if not for your own life but for those sharing the road with us.”

Cullerton is working to file legislation that can be taken up as early as November during Veto Session.

SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) passed House Bill 4278, which requires an Illinois veterans Home to notify facility residents and their emergency contacts within 24 hours if two or more residents in the home have been diagnosed with an infectious disease in period of one month or less.

“This is a commonsense measure that puts the health of our veterans ahead of bureaucracy,” Cullerton said. “In 2015, the families of the servicemen and women residing the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy should have been notified of the Legionnaires’ disease epidemic, but Gov. Rauner’s administration left them and their loved ones in the dark. This is simply unacceptable and we can’t let it happen again.”  

House Bill 4278 also requires veterans homes to post notification of the incidence of the infectious disease in a visible place near the facility’s main entrance.  Once those requirements have been met, they must notify the Departments of Veterans’ Affairs and Public Health of the incidence of the infectious disease.

 

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Tom Cullerton is working with the Better Government Association to put a stop to bloated golden parachutes for failed state employees.

Senate Bill 3604 eliminates severance packages for employees that have been fired for misconduct and limits government-paid severance packages to an amount no greater than 20 weeks of compensation. Cullerton expects it to be heard by the full Senate this week.

“Giving out golden parachutes to poorly-behaved public officials isn’t just bad policy, it’s theft,” Cullerton said. “This is a commonsense reform that protects the public from bailing out bad actors. It is plain and simple – if you betray the trust of DuPage County taxpayers, you will not be rewarded with taxpayer money.”

The BGA and Cullerton have been working together to fight the misuse of taxpayer dollars.

"For too long, taxpayers have had to foot six-figure severance deals to make public executives go away,” said Madeleine Doubek, the BGA's Policy and Civic Engagement Director. “Being asked to leave, often under questionable circumstances, shouldn't be like hitting a lottery jackpot. With Sen. Cullerton's leadership, the Government Severance Pay Act will bring a fair, commonsense approach to ending golden parachutes."

SPRINGFIELD – The State of Illinois currently does not have a procedure in place to alert police and emergency professionals of missing veterans, but State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is working to change that.

Cullerton advanced House Bill 4212, which expands the use of the Endangered Missing Person Advisory system—also known as Silver Alert – to veterans who are believed to have physical or mental conditions related to their service.

Similar to the circumstances that lead to employment of an Amber alert, the public would be notified when a high-risk veteran goes missing in an effort to quickly locate them.

“Our nation’s heroes have put their lives on the line to protect our democratic values and freedoms. When they return home, it's our duty to find ways to look out for them,” Cullerton said. “This new measure will help us save lives. Every life we save is priceless.”

In 2013, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs released a study that covered suicides from 1999 to 2010, which showed that roughly 22 veterans were dying by suicide per day, or one every 65 minutes.

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