05312017CM0529RSSPRINGFIELD – Units of local government may soon be required to disclose municipal pension deals.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) passed House Bill 303, which would require local government bodies to disclose more information about how certain lump-sum payouts at the end of an employee’s career are used to increase that person’s retirement benefits.

“This open and transparent process will help put a stop to pension boosts that end up costing Illinois taxpayers thousands of dollars,” Cullerton said. “Expanding the disclosure laws to require sick days to be included in the process will help ensure there isn’t any misconduct.”

In 2016, the General Assembly passed the Local Government Wage Increase Transparency Act, which requires disclosure of certain large lump-sum payments such as severance packages and unused vacation.

These payments can have the effect of enhancing an employee’s final average salary, which is used to calculate benefits.

However, payouts for unused sick time are not included under current law. An investigative report released by CBS 2 Chicago revealed a Calumet City School Superintendent improperly claimed he never had taken any sick days in 13 years of employment. The superintendent claimed to have accumulated 532 sick days and 350 vacation days, which equaled $1.7 million. The official was later fired.

“It is plain and simple, Illinois taxpayers should know when and where their money is going,” Cullerton said. “This measure will help remind officials that people are watching. I will not allow taxpayer dollars to be misused and abused.”

House Bill 303 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support and now heads to the governor’s desk for his approval.

06292017CM0261RSSPRINGFIELD – Companies that profit off the use of their customers’ data would need to disclose precisely how they’re using it under new legislation by State Senator Tom Cullerton.

Cullerton (D-Villa Park) passed the Data Transparency and Privacy Act, which requires companies that collect personal information about consumers to identify what type of information is being collected and to what third parties the company is disclosing the consumer's personal information.

“Illinois residents deserve to know what personal information companies are storing and sharing,” Cullerton said. “It’s plain and simple: This is your personal information, and you have the right to know who has access to it.”

The proposed law requires companies that share personal information to a third party to make that information available to consumers, free of charge.

“Our entire financial livelihoods occur online now, from paying our electric bills to buying our groceries,” Cullerton said. “Using the internet should not require you to sacrifice privacy and personal security.”

The Illinois Attorney General’s Office would have the authority to enforce the law.

“It’s vital, as we embrace new technology in our business practices, that state laws evolve with the needs of the people of Illinois,” Cullerton said. “This change will help protect residents’ privacy and security.”

The legislation is House Bill 3358. It passed the Senate’s Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

05032017AM5839SPRINGFIELD – To stand up for overtaxed DuPage County residents, Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) voted against instituting burdensome tax rates.

Cullerton voted against Senate Bill 687 which would institute tax rates if voters choose to end the flat tax system.

“We need to see if the voters approve this citizen’s initiative before setting rates in place,” Cullerton said. “The rates I saw do not provide savings to the working families of DuPage County.”

The Senate passed Senate Bill 690, which is a property tax relief measure that will freeze bills as long as the state fully funds the evidence-based school funding formula.

“As I talk to residents throughout our community, the number one concern I continue to hear is rising property tax bills,” Cullerton said. “This measure assures that if the state continues to fund schools the right way, it will lower local residents’ property tax bills. This is a step in the right direction.”

Cullerton also voted in favor of ending the estate tax on the value of inheritances over $4 million.

“Most states agree that a state-level tax on our departed loved ones is just unnecessary,” Cullerton said. “The state needs to stop looking for opportunities to tax local residents and focus on creating jobs and expanding opportunities forlocal businesses in our communities.”

Cullerton urges local residents to call his office at (630) 903-6662 to share their thoughts on these measures.

04122019CM0664RSVILLA PARK – In light of the last couple of deadly months on the highway for the Illinois State Troopers, Senator Tom Cullerton is pushing for greater awareness of existing laws that require Illinois drivers to slow down and give officers a wide berth.

Cullerton (D-Villa Park) championed Senate Bill 947, which would require the Secretary of State to include information about Scott’s Law in every vehicle registration notice it sends to motorists. Scott’s Law requires that drivers must move over, if possible, and slow down when approaching an emergency vehicle.

“Every day, State Troopers put their lives on the line to keep us safe,” said Cullerton. “In turn, we must do whatever we can to put a stop to these preventable, senseless accidents. It is plain and simple – when you see an emergency vehicle pulled over on the side of the road, you need to move over.”

The legislation was introduced in light of the recent tragic deaths of three State Troopers since the start of 2019. The number of troopers hit by vehicles has drastically increased this year. In the last three months, there have been 16 reported incidents.

“This measure will ensure that Illinois’ drivers are utilizing responsible driving practices,” Cullerton said. “It’s vital that we stay alert while driving. One wrong move can cost lives.”

Senate Bill 947 passed the Senate with unanimous support and is now in the House for consideration.

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