CHICAGO – State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) co-sponsored a new law streamlining the network of agencies, foundations and organizations geared toward helping veterans.

The recently signed law creates the Illinois Joins Forces Foundation a group that works as a go-between helping coordinate services and streamlining how these organizations interact.

“There are so many organizations and agencies with missions to help veterans that it can be overwhelming for returning veterans. Illinois Joining Forces will streamline and coordinate those services to best help our servicemen and women,” Cullerton said.

The foundation collaborates with other groups to create a no-wrong-door system where veterans can approach different groups that can then seamlessly direct veterans to the program or organization that best meets their needs.

The law took effect immediately after being signed.

CHICAGO – A recently signed law adds three deadly chemicals to the list of Schedule I narcotics in Illinois.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) co-sponsored the measure to criminalize 25I-NBOMe, 25C-NBOMe and 25B-NBOMe. All are synthetic hallucinogens – similar to LSD – that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has linked to at least 19 deaths between March 2012 and August 2013.

“These drugs are extremely dangerous to the health of their users and to the welfare of our communities. By making these illegal we can begin solving the problems tied to them and protect our families,” Cullerton, a co-sponsor of the law, said.

The DEA claims that extremely small amounts of the most common of the three drugs – 25I – can cause seizures, cardiac and respiratory arrest leading to death.

The penalties associated with these newly outlawed drugs are the similar to LSD: possession of the drugs would be a Class 4 felony, with fines up to $25,000. The manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver would be a Class 3 felony, with fines up to $150,000.

The law, Senate Bill 3275, takes effect Jan.1.

“For veterans with serious, permanent disabilities it is disrespectful to ask them to prove that injury every four years. This is a way of making their lives easier.”

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park)

 

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VILLA PARK – Illinois veterans with permanent disabilities will have an easier time renewing their parking placards under a new law signed Tuesday.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) introduced the plan removing the requirement that veterans with permanent disabilities show evidence of their disability when reapplying for handicapped parking.

“For veterans with serious, permanent disabilities it is disrespectful to ask them to prove that injury every four years. This is a way of making their lives easier,” Cullerton said.

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D-Hoffman Estates) – who advocated for this bill and brought the original idea to Cullerton – attended the bill signing.

Governor Pat Quinn signed the bill during a ceremony at the Villa Park Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.

 

 

PHOTO:  State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) spoke during the bill signing ceremony for a new law that eases the renewal process for veterans with permanent disabilities to receive handicapped parking placards.

“This devastating drug is hurting younger and younger students. We need to accurately understand the scope of the heroin problem as we work to fix it.”

– State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park)

 

photo 2ROMEOVILLE The task force that studies the impact of heroin addiction among young adults will begin researching the effects of heroin in middle schools under a law signed by the governor Tuesday.

The law expands 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 students in high school.photo 4

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

“This devastating drug is hurting younger and younger students. We need to accurately understand the scope of the heroin problem as we work to fix it,” Cullerton said.

photo 5The task force was created last year to study the impact of heroin on teens in high school but results showed that addiction was beginning as early as sixth grade.

The law, House Bill 4542, takes effect immediately.

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