Cullerton ManarGLENDALE HEIGHTS—State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) hosted a legislative forum with area educators, school financial personnel and Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) the sponsor of a hotly debated school funding reform proposal.

The Wednesday meeting gave DuPage County school officials an opportunity to discuss changes to Manar’s need-based funding reform package, Senate Bill 1, that has been updated since it first surfaced last year.

“My top priority is that suburban voices are heard in this debate. This was a good opportunity for an open, productive conversation and the changes Senator Manar made from last year were based on this type of input from DuPage taxpayers, teachers and parents,” Cullerton said.

Cullerton opposed last year’s proposal but hosted the forum to see how Manar’s changes will impact DuPage County.

“It can seem like there are vast differences between suburban, downstate and Chicago schools, but whenever we meet it’s obvious we share the same concerns and face the same challenges. The entire state benefits when every student has the same opportunities for success,” Manar said.

The changes from last year’s proposal, SB 16, include measures to account for higher suburban workforce costs, a more accurate way of measuring poverty, improved funding for bilingual students and additional funding to districts with higher-than-average rates of students with special education needs.

The updated proposal also speeds up a study to determine the base level of funding needed for student growth, and it protects low-spending districts from losses.

“I appreciate any opportunity to discuss the need to update how we fund our schools. I’m grateful that Senator Cullerton hosted this discussion,” Manar said.

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

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