081915CM0995RTrsSPRINGFIELD- Illinois residents may now be reunited with unclaimed property sooner than in the past.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) advanced Senate Bill 886 which would allow the Illinois’ Treasurer’s Office to facilitate a faster return of unclaimed property.

“This small step will reunite Illinois residents with their money sooner,” Cullerton said. “Data sharing between the Treasurer’s Office and Illinois Revenue Department will help cut government bureaucracy and get money and property in your hands faster.”

In Illinois, the State Treasurer’s Office is tasked with safeguarding unclaimed property, such as forgotten bank accounts, life insurance benefits and unused rebate cards. The office recovers hundreds of thousands of properties each year from government agencies, banks, insurers, utilities and other companies across the country that have been unable to return the properties to their rightful owners.

Then the office’s I-CASH program works to notify owners and reunite them with their money and other property. In the last year, the program returned a record-setting $155 million to Illinois residents.

The Treasurer’s office currently holds more than 14 million properties valued at more than $2 billion.

“We need to cut government red tape wherever we can,” Cullerton said. “This will help get property in your hands sooner rather than later.”

Senate Bill 886 advanced out of the Senate’s State Government Committee with bipartisan support and now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

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TCullertonfloor2017SPRINGFIELD- To assist military families, the new Senate Veteran Affairs Committee Chairman, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park), advanced legislation to update the Line of Duty Compensation Act.

The Line of Duty Compensation Act provides for death benefits to be paid through the Court of Claims when law enforcement officers, firemen and military service men and women are killed in the line of duty.

Cullerton recently heard from the Attorney General’s Office about a claim filed by the wife of a U.S. Army serviceman who was killed during Operation Freedom Sentinel which is not currently included in the act.

“This is one small step to eliminate unnecessary hurdles for families who have already lost too much,” Cullerton said. “This update will guarantee those who have lost one of Illinois’ heroes will be taken care of after they are gone.”

Senate Bill 860 will update the Line of Duty Compensation Act to include recent military operations: Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, Operation New Dawn and Operation Inherent Resolve.

“These military families have already made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom,” Cullerton said.  “It’s our duty to make this process as easy as possible for their loved ones.”

Senate Bill 860 passed the Senate’s Committee on Veteran Affairs with bipartisan support and now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

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Sen. Tom Cullerton after passing Senate Bill 3SPRINGFIELD- To share the success seen in DuPage County, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) passed Senate Bill 3, which will spread DuPage County’s bipartisan government consolidation model statewide.

“It’s important that we continue to explore different ways to make sure government is working for the citizens of Illinois,” Cullerton said. “The best way to lower property taxes is to empower voters to get rid of all the government duplications. This is one small step we can take to reduce taxes without sacrificing the quality of government service.”

Senate Bill 3 allows counties to dissolve certain units of local government through a voter referendum.

Read more: Tom Cullerton passes key government consolidation initiative

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PHOTO Durbin and Cullerton raise awareness for career tech programs RSCAROL STREAM- To raise awareness for vocational and technology careers, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) toured Automobile Mechanics' Local 701 in Carol Stream.

Vocation education is a training program to prepare students for a certain trade, such as auto repair, construction, beautician programs, agriculture, health and engineering.

However at some point over the last 20 years, vocational education became downgraded to a career path for troubled or academically challenged students. These programs become a destination for students who weren’t “college material.” This was a tragic mistake in preparing our middle class for real careers.

“Students should have the opportunity to be educated and trained for careers they enjoy,” Cullerton said. “Vocational programs provide Illinois’ adults and students with vital technical skills to compete in our global economy.”

The societal biases against vocational programs lead to a decline in enrollment and several workforce shortages.

“When I travel around Illinois I often hear how many good jobs go unfilled because employers cannot find workers with the right technical expertise,” said Durbin. “Vocational education programs are uniquely positioned to give students the skills they need to succeed in promising fields like manufacturing, healthcare, automotive repair and more. I will continue to support training initiatives, like Local 701’s apprenticeship program, that help working families gain the skills needed to succeed in our evolving economy.”

Many skills for innovative jobs are technical skills that fall into the category of technical and vocational studies. There are programs training students in biomedicine, energy pathways engineering and advanced manufacturing.

“The days when vocational training was considered less than a college degree are over. Vocational skills help forgotten middle class families who still believe that labor is a necessary and driving force behind our economy,” Cullerton said. “Vocational education leads directly to employment and doesn't saddle students with mountains of debt. These careers lead to healthy incomes, career success and opportunities for entrepreneurship.”

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