052714CM0950SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) voted Wednesday to support suburban school districts by opposing an initiative to redistribute state school funding.

“DuPage taxpayers already bankroll schools across the state. This proposal cuts funding to our communities, which have some of the highest property taxes. This plan hurts my district and the taxpayers of DuPage County,” Cullerton said.

The proposal, Senate Bill 16, would undo the current state funding formula diverting state funding away from many suburban school districts.

Senate Bill 16 passed by a 32-19  vote and now moves to the House for a vote.

 VILLA PARK – State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) will host four town hall meetings next week. The meetings give residents the chance to ask Cullerton questions and discuss issues important to the 23rd Senate District.

 

The meetings will take place from Monday through Thursday in Glendale Heights, Villa Park, Itasca and Hanover Park.

 

All events are open to the public and the press.

“Property owners should be compensated at the highest level under federal law, and we need to ensure this compensation truly covers the cost of their land and hardship.”

– Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park)

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SPRINGFIELD Property owners required to give up land during vital tollway projects – including the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway expansion – will see a bigger payout from the state under a plan approved by the Illinois Senate on Wednesday.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) sponsored the plan, which requires tollways to use the highest possible levels of relocation assistance available under state and federal law when using eminent domain to take private land.

“If eminent domain is necessary because of the importance of these projects,” Cullerton said. “Property owners should be compensated at the highest level under federal law, and we need to ensure this compensation truly covers the cost of their land and hardship.”

The plan, House Bill 4786, was approved by a 55-0 vote. It previously passed the House in April, and it now goes to the governor’s desk for approval.

052114CM0405cs “Sadly, heroin isn’t just in our high schools anymore. This unbelievably destructive drug has seeped into our middle schools. We need to fully understand the size of this problem as we work to fix it.”

– Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park)

 

SPRINGFIELD The Illinois Senate passed a plan Wednesday expanding the scope of a task force that studies the use and impact of heroin among teens and young adults.

The plan would expand the Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force’s study to include teens in sixth grade through high school. Currently the task force only focuses on high school-aged students.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) sponsored the plan in the Senate.

“Sadly, heroin isn’t just in our high schools anymore. This unbelievably destructive drug has seeped into our middle schools,” Cullerton said. “We need to fully understand the size of this problem as we work to fix it.”

The task force was created last year to study the impact of heroin on teens in high school but results showed that use was beginning as early as sixth grade.

The plan, House Bill 4542, was passed by a 58-0 vote. It previously passed the House in April, and it now goes to the governor’s desk for approval.

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