CHICAGO – A recently signed law gives units of local government more certainty about when they’ll receive payments from the state.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) sponsored the legislation that would speed up transfers from the state to the Local Government Distributive Fund, which helps bankroll city and county operations.

“From my time as a village president, I know the unique challenges facing local government and it’s been a priority of mine to improve how the state treats its cities and counties. Governments can plan and provide improved services if they know when this money is coming,” Cullerton said.

The new law, House Bill 961, requires the state comptroller to transfer money destined for the LGDF into the fund no more than 60 days after the state treasurer certifies the amount to be moved.

Streamlining the LGDF payment process has been a priority for the Illinois Municipal League and  the DuPage Mayors and Managers for many years.

Local units of government collectively receive 6 percent of individual income tax and 6.86 percent of corporate income tax collected by the state annually.

The law took effect immediately.

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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.

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