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.

05312017CM0529RSSPRINGFIELD – As Illinois kicks off the road construction season, drivers should take great care to look out for the safety of construction workers.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) passed Senate Bill 1496 this week, which would increase the maximum penalty for hitting a construction worker to $25,000 from the current $10,000 fine.

“Distracted drivers are a major problem in Illinois,” Cullerton said. “As we start the construction season, it is imperative that we take every necessary step to deter drivers from taking their eyes off the road.”

Cullerton filed Senate Bill 1496 in response to an accident in which Bartlett resident Frank Caputo, a flagger, was struck and killed while working on the Tri-State Tollway near O'Hare International Airport.
Caputo was working construction near Rosemont around 10 p.m. In September 2018, when a car drove into the closed lanes and fatally injured him.

“I made a pledge to honor Frank Caputo by finding ways to keep his fellow workers safe,” Cullerton said. “While a fine won’t physically stop a crash, we believe raising it will send a message to Illinois drivers about the severity of this problem.”

April 8 to 12 marks Work Zone Awareness Week in Illinois. Cullerton stresses the importance of drivers remembering the need to drive carefully, for themselves and those sharing the roads with them.

“Driving recklessly through construction zones to shave off a few minutes of your travel time can end up being 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.”

Senate Bill 1496 passed the Senate with unanimous support and now heads to the House for consideration.

american flagVILLA PARK— State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) released the following statement in response to the Performance Audit of the Legionnaires’ Disease at the Quincy Veterans’ Home released by the Auditor General on Monday:

“The Auditor General’s report confirms what we already knew: Former Gov. Rauner and his administration failed our veterans and their loved ones.

“The previous administration spent their time and energy covering up their lies and failures, instead of working with the General Assembly to implement solutions that would have protected the health and well-being of our veterans, their loved ones and staff at the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy.

“Every level of the former administration was focused on hiding their inept response to the Legionnaires’ crisis in Illinois. It is inexcusable and sickening that they were more worried about concealing their lies to the General Assembly than saving the lives of our nation’s heroes.”

Cullerton passed Senate Resolution 1186 on Feb. 15, 2018 which directed the Auditor General to conduct a performance audit of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ management of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks at the Quincy Veterans’ Home.

The Auditor’s report can be found here.

06292017CM0261RSSPRINGFIELD – Having blood drawn can be a very anxious thing for a child with autism. Thanks to Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park), medical professionals may soon have access to training to help ensure individuals and developmental disabilities are as comfortable as possible.

Cullerton advanced Senate Bill 1214 on Tuesday, which requires the Department of Public Health to ensure that those who draw blood have the most current method of drawing blood from individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities available.

“Health care professionals strive to provide the best possible care to all patients,” Cullerton said. “This measure ensures that they receive training on the best practices to draw blood from patients that are living with intellectual and developmental disabilities such as Autism and Down’s syndrome have a good medical experience.”

The Department of Public Health will be required to compile current methods of drawing blood from children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Senate Bill 1214 was an initiative of Michael Baker, a parent advocate of a young adult son with a developmental disability.

“Medical visits can be stressful for all of us, but especially for individuals who can often face extra challenges,” Cullerton said. “We need to ensure that communication and sensory issues are taken into account when medical professionals perform procedures such as blood draws.”

Senate Bill 1214 passed the Senate’s Committee on Public Health with bipartisan support and will move to the full Senate for consideration.

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