BLOOMINGDALE- In an effort to bring state government to the residents of the 23rd State Senate District, Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is hosting 13 Capitol at Your Corner (CYC) Events over the next two weeks.
 
The meetings give residents the chance to ask Cullerton questions and discuss issues important to the 23rd Senate District.
 
TCSpringBreak2015Below is the schedule of events for this week:
 
Wednesday, April 1:
 
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Dino’s Café (171 E. Lake Street, Bloomingdale, IL)
 
11 a.m. to noon
Ki’s Steakhouse and Seafood (705 North Ave., Glendale Heights, IL)
 
Thursday, April 2:
 
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Addison Dapper’s West (980 W. Lake Street, Addison, IL)
 
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Egg Yolk Café (933 E. Irving Park, Itasca, IL)
 
Noon to 1 p.m.
White Cottage (350 N. Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale, IL)
 
Friday, April 3:
 
8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Egg Yolk Café (100 Neltnor Blvd., West Chicago, IL)
 
For a complete list of CYC events, please visit www.SenatorTomCullerton.com or call (630) 903-6662.

PANDASSPRINGFIELD- Charlie was just like any other 9-year old. He was an active gymnast who loved going to school.

And then his mother says her little boy changed.  She started noticing Charlie didn’t enjoy school like he did before and had a hard time balancing in gymnastic class.  

Charlie’s mother researched her son’s symptoms on her own to find that Charlie’s symptoms were similar to Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS). PANDAS is characterized by a sudden onset of symptoms associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome and other tics after a child has had a strep infection.

Symptoms range from severe separation anxiety, motor tics that appear similar to seizures, hallucinations and new found fears such as fear of water to the point children are afraid to brush their teeth or bathe. The symptoms are severe enough to prevent children from attending school.

The unusual behavior was just the beginning. Charlie was afraid of going to school and had a hard time writing his name.  It took months to get a diagnosis.

To raise awareness and educate medical professionals, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) advanced a measure to create an advisory council to make recommendations to the Illinois Department of Public Health on awareness and education among doctors, school-based health centers and mental health providers.

“As a father of three young boys, I understand the importance of educating medical professionals and the general public on the symptoms caused by PANDAS,” said Cullerton. “We need to find ways for early diagnosis to prevent families like Charlie’s from living months without answers. The earlier we detect these signs of PANDAS, the quicker we can begin treatment.”

Read more: Senator Tom Cullerton raises PANDAS awareness

TCullertonCommittee31015SPRINGFIELD- Two years ago, in Bartlett, Johnny Dudek’s grandmother found him unresponsive in his bedroom. Dudek overdosed during a deadly month in DuPage County in which 11 deaths were caused by lethal heroin overdoses.

In 2013, there were 46 deaths attributed to heroin overdoses in DuPage County alone.  

To prevent tragic deaths like Dudek’s, DuPage County introduced the first county-wide application of NARCAN in the state. Since 2014, 44 lives were saved by the use NARCAN, a lifesaving drug that reverses the deadly effects of drug overdoses.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is hoping to advance the success of this countywide program by co-sponsoring Senate Bill 10, which would require state and local police officers, as well as fire protection personnel and firefighters, to be trained in administrating NARCAN.

Read more: Senator Cullerton advances measure to prevent drug related deaths

SPRINGFIELD- Illinoisans may be given the opportunity to vote for their school board members alongside candidates for the White House and U.S. Senate under a proposal Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) advanced in an effort to fight voter fatigue.

“School Board members make important decisions about the future of our children and our property tax dollars. Decisions they shouldn’t take lightly and neither should voters,” said Cullerton.  “We need to do as much as possible to increase voter participation for school board elections. We can’t force people to go out and vote but we can take steps to make it easier.”

Cullerton introduced Senate Bill 669 after observing an extreme decrease in voter participation during consolidated elections. In the 23rd State Senate District alone there was a 58 percentage drop off in voter turnout in the 2013 consolidated elections compared to 2014 general elections.

“Elections are when we hold our elected officials accountable.  Our children can’t afford for only about 20 percent of our registered voters to elect representatives to make vital decisions concerning their future,” said Cullerton. “Small turnouts allow special interest groups to dominate elections and don’t allow for the best candidates to receive a fair chance.”

SB 669 passed out of the Senate’s Executive Committee and will now move to the full Senate for consideration.

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