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.

PHOTO Tom Cullerton works to spread DuPage success throughout Illinois4.13.16SPRINGFIELD – To help eliminate redundant bureaucracy, State Senator Tom Cullerton passed a measure to prohibit the State of Illinois from creating new units of local government.

Cullerton (D-Villa Park) passed Senate Bill 1215, which would prohibit the General Assembly from creating any new unit of local government until Jan. 1, 2022.

“As a state with nearly 7,000 units of government, we need to take proactive steps to reduce and eliminate unnecessary layers bureaucracy,” Cullerton said. “This measure will put a stop to the overzealous creation of government entities while our municipalities evaluate and consolidate services to promote the efficient use of taxpayer dollars.”

Senate Bill 1215 also prohibits dividing existing units of local government but does not apply to the creation of a new unit of local government from the consolidation of two or more preexisting units of local government.

In 2013, Cullerton worked with DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin to implement an effective government consolidation model to eliminate redundant forms of government. Last year, Cullerton continued to advance his mission of making sure government is working in tune with the needs of Illinois’ residents.

To continue his mission to ensure government is working for Illinois residents, Cullerton passed House Bill 5777, which decreases the waiting period from 150 to 60 days after the first mandated county audit is performed. The law went into effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

“Consolidating government the right way will help lower property taxes for DuPage County residents,” Cullerton said. “Speeding up the process will help residents experience government savings sooner rather than later.”

Previously, it could take over two and a half years for some Illinois counties to consolidate local government entities.

Senate Bill 1215 passed the Senate with unanimous support and is now in the House for consideration.

05302018CM0241SPRINGFIELD – Medical professionals may soon have access to training to help ensure individuals with developmental disabilities are as comfortable as possible, thanks to State Senator Tom Cullerton.

Cullerton (D-Villa Park) passed Senate Bill 1214 on Wednesday, which requires the Department of Public Health to ensure that those who draw blood employ the most current methods available when treating individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“Medical visits can be stressful for all of us, but especially for people with developmental disabilities,” Cullerton said. “We need to ensure that communication and sensory issues are taken into account when medical professionals complete procedures such as blood draws.”

Senate Bill 1214 was an initiative of Michael Baker, the parent a young adult son with autism.

“I would like to thank Senator Tom Cullerton for taking up this legislation in the Senate and listening to the healthcare needs of my son with autism,” Baker said. “I hope that this legislation to improve training and equipping of healthcare professionals on how to draw blood from all children and adults with developmental disabilities in a safe and comfortable manner, will lead to more progress in the quality of healthcare for people like my son.”

Senate Bill 1214 passed the Senate with bipartisan support and will move to the House for consideration.

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338 S. Ardmore Ave.
Villa Park, IL 60181
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