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.

03132019CM1507SPRINGFIELD – State Senators Tom Cullerton and Suzy Glowiak, joined DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin and representatives of the Transform Illinois coalition on Wednesday to highlight and support proposed legislation limiting the size, scope and cost of local government.

“Government consolidation is one powerful tool we can use to find efficiencies,” Cullerton said. “Transform Illinois continues to be vital in helping lawmakers reduce the government’s footprint without sacrificing services for local residents. I look forward to continuing to work in a bipartisan manner to ensure government evolves with the needs of the people of Illinois.”

Cullerton (D-Villa Park) advanced Senate Bill 1838 on Tuesday, which creates the School District Efficiency Commission to make recommendations on the number of school districts in the state, optimal enrollment for a school district and where reorganization and realignment of schools districts would be beneficial.

“Property taxes in DuPage County and across the suburbs are crushing residents,” Cullerton said. “The new school funding formula we passed two years ago will help us drive down taxes in our communities by funding schools the right way. The next step is evaluating redundant services at our educational system to eliminate the bureaucratic and outdated organization of school districts.”

Transform Illinois members were joined by lawmakers sponsoring more than 60 bills in the General Assembly’s spring session, aimed at improving local government efficiency, empowering voters to make decisions and increasing transparency and accountability.

“Embracing government consolidation will help save taxpayer dollars,” Glowiak said. “We need to continue to work together to reduce the redundant and outdated layers of government that we have in our state.”

The Transform coalition members noted increased interest in “smarter,” streamlined government services, evidenced by more than 100 pieces of legislation introduced since 2016, creating new opportunities for local government efficiency.

“Illinois has more units of government than any other state in the nation and one of the highest property tax rates,” Cronin said. “What unites our coalition is the notion that too many ‘legacy’ local government systems were created decades ago and they’ve never adapted to the changing times or new technology. But thanks to our Transform Illinois partners and thoughtful lawmakers, efforts to make government service delivery more efficient and effective are taking hold across the state.”

Cullerton and Glowiak look forward to working with Cronin this legislative session to streamline government services and tackle wasteful spending.

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