SPRINGFIELD – A proposed state task force investigating Illinois veteran suicide was approved by a Senate committee on Wednesday. The proposal’s sponsor, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) described the need for the bipartisan task force.

“When veterans return home they may bear physical scars from their service, but they may also carry deeper, psychological injuries. We need to fully understand the problem of veteran suicide as we address it,” Cullerton said.

Between 2005 and 2011, the veteran suicide rate in Illinois was twice the rate for civilians. During that timeframe, over 17 percent of all suicides in Illinois were veterans. Nationwide an average of 22 veterans commit suicide every day.

The task force would investigate the causes of veteran suicide, form policy recommendations and report back to the General Assembly.

The eight-person Task Force on Veterans’ Suicide would be made up of representatives from the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Military Affairs, Public Health and Human Services as well as Democrat and Republican lawmakers.

The Senate’s State Government and Veteran’s Affairs Committee approved the measure, House Joint Resolution 91, with no opposition.

Harmon Cronin CullertonUnity BreakfastVILLA PARK—State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) and DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin hosted a breakfast for recently elected municipal, county and state officials and their challengers Wednesday.

The bipartisan DuPage County Unity Breakfast brought together leaders to discuss issues facing the county and improve cooperation between officials and their offices.

“Our political affiliations matter less than our shared desire to improve our communities, our county and our state. This is a chance for Democrats and Republicans to put aside differences and discuss how to best represent the people of Dupage County,” Cullerton said.

“The post-election unity breakfast is a time honored tradition where those who attend put aside partisan politics and come together for the good of the community. It is notable to witness those who participate in this good government exercise,” Cronin said.


Senator Don Harmon (D- Oak Park), DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin and Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) pose for a photo after the bipartisan DuPage County Unity Breakfast.

Republican and Democratic opponents met during the DuPage County Unity Breakfast to discuss how to cooperate while advancing policies to improve the county.

VILLA PARK – State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park), the Illinois Department of Employment Security and area will host job fair from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the Odeum in Villa Park.


Over 70 employers will be looking for candidates, accepting resumes and giving on-the-spot interviews.


Veterans seeking jobs will be admitted at 10 a.m. before the event begins for the general public.


The event is open to the press.



Tuesday, Oct. 21


10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Doors open for veterans at 10 a.m.


The Odeum

1033 N. Villa Ave.

Villa Park

BARTLETT – State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) will host a senior resource fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 16 at the Bartlett Community Center.


State, local and private senior programs will be on hand to give out information and answer questions. Health organizations will also provide medical screenings for participating seniors.


The event is open to the public and the press.


Service providers include:

Bloomingdale Park District

Illinois Treasurer's Office I-Cash Program

Northeastern Illinois Agency on Aging


Regional Transportation Authority

Secretary of State Mobile Unit—issue state IDs and driver licenses

Tru Rehabilitation and Wellness

Veterans Assistance Commission

Walgreens—provide flu shots for seniors who bring their insurance cards

West Suburban Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Wohl Eye Center



Thursday, Oct. 16


9 a.m. to noon


Bartlett Community Center

700 S. Bartlett Road


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