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.

SPRINGFIELD— State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) will serve as vice-chairman of the Illinois Senate’s Local Government Committee.

“Our units of local government are expected to provide services ranging from police and fire keeping us safe to fixing potholes and keeping streets clear in the winter.  I understand the tough balance between providing basic services, meeting standards and balancing budgets,” said Cullerton. “I’m excited to use my background as the former Village President of Villa Park to tackle issues that directly affect municipalities.”

Last week, Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget included a 50 percent cut to state funding to cities and villages.

“The governor’s proposal to slash local government funds means cuts in services to our communities and increases in property taxes as our local mayors attempt to provide needed services to residents,” said Cullerton.  “I expect his proposed cuts will raise interesting debates and obstacles as local officials anticipate devastating cuts to funding.”   

Cullerton will also serve on the Appropriations II, Labor, State Government & Veterans Affairs, Transportation, Energy and Public Utilities Committees.

SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) issued the following statement regarding Gov. Rauner’s Budget Address.

020415CM1388“Our local units of government use the Local Government Distributive funds to provide service for our community. The governor’s proposal mean cuts in services to our communities-  less police and firemen on our streets, layoffs of employees working in service offices and raises in property taxes as our local mayors attempt to provide services to residents. This plan isn’t going to solve Illinois’ problems, it will only create more.” 

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