TC-SchoolGangsSchool officials would be required by state law to report any weapons or gang activity to police, under legislation sponsored by state Sen. Tom Cullerton that the Illinois Senate approved Thursday.

“We cannot ignore signs of gang activity in schools,” said Cullerton, a Villa Park Democrat.  “We must protect our students by doing everything possible to keep them away from these influences.”

The legislation – HB 2768 – was approved 50 to 0. It now heads to Governor Pat Quinn’s desk and could soon be signed into law.

Read more: Senator Tom Cullerton working to keep gangs out of schools

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TC-CivicsEdWith all the scandals Illinois has been through in recent years, state Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) thinks it’s a good idea students learn civic responsibility and the proper role of government. He was surprised to find that there is no specific requirement that schools implement civic education in their curriculum, just an encouragement that it be part of social studies classes.

“I think education is our best defense against the type of corruption and abuse we’ve seen in past governors,” said Cullerton. “I’d prefer students learn about good government from a teacher rather than a federal prosecutor.”

Cullerton sponsored legislation – House Bill 2428 – puts the Illinois State Board of Education in charge of creating a team to come up with ideas for a program by next May 31.

Read more: Senator Tom Cullerton promotes civics education in schools

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TC-SB2404Tired of seeing teachers being laid off because of state funding cuts and frustrated at decades of pension mismanagement, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D- Villa Park) lent his support Thursday to a plan that begins to reform the state pension systems while also protecting workers constitutional rights.

“This isn’t an easy vote. But it’s been put off for too long by too many. I got elected to solve problems and there’s no bigger problem than this one,” said Senator Cullerton, a Villa Park Democrat serving his first term in the Illinois Senate.

Cullerton noted that the state’s pension payment is going up nearly $1 billion in the upcoming budget year and will squeeze out resources that would have otherwise gone to school funding and assistance for the needy. If nothing is done, those payments continue to increase for the foreseeable future.

Read more: Senator Tom Cullerton supports fair pension reform

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