“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.

 CHICAGO – Emergency Medical Technicians will now know if they have been exposed to infectious diseases under a new law signed Friday.

 

Under the law, sponsored by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park), hospitals must notify individual EMTs if a patient they have cared for is diagnosed with a dangerous communicable or infectious disease.

 

“EMTs perform a vital service to the community; they put themselves in danger every day. They deserve to know if they are exposed to dangerous illnesses,” Cullerton said.

 

Hospitals will have to provide written and verbal notice to emergency medical providers within 48 hrs of a confirmed diagnosis.

 

The law takes effect immediately.

IMI GroupGLENDALE HEIGHTS – State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) recently toured the Glendale Heights manufacturing plant of IMI Cornelius and presented the company with a $4,300 grant for safety training programming.

The grant is part of the Employer Training Investment Program administered by the Illinois Manufacturers' Association and funded by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Money from the grant reimburses manufacturers for employee training-related expenses and promotes a skilled workforce that can compete in the global economy.IMI tour

“The suburbs are a hub of manufacturing in the state and the region. Responsible employers like IMI Cornelius invest in their workers — that is why the state and the IMA are investing in them,” Cullerton said.

IMI Cornelius is an international firm that builds beverage dispensing and cooling equipment.

 

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State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) poses with Human Resource Manager Jim Kurtz, President Alan Duncan and Vice President Human of Resources Tom Stanton while delivering the $4,300 check for employee safety training.

Cullerton AwardCHICAGO – A group representing the passenger rail industry presented State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) a legislative award during a lunch Wednesday promoting high-speed rail in Chicagoland.

The Midwest High Speed Rail Association presented Cullerton the award for calling attention to suburban rail congestion and his work to promote mass transit.

“More and more commuters rely on dependable, efficient service from Metra. Improving infrastructure and fixing rail-line bottlenecks reduces delays and speeds-up travel times in commuters’ every-day lives,” Cullerton said.

Rick Harnish, the executive director of the MHSRA, applauded Cullerton's initiative.

“Senator Cullerton understands the value of infrastructure investment in Metra for the entire region, not only for the tens of thousands of suburban commuters, but for drivers who have less traffic congestion to fight through. We appreciate his leadership,” Harnish said.

The two organizations presented the award during a lunch promoting the CrossRail Chicago program, which aims to expand and improve express train service throughout Chicago and the suburbs.

“I am honored by this award, and I’m committed to making affordable, high-speed rail transit a reality,” Cullerton said.

 

 

Photo:  State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) poses with Midwest High Speed Rail Association Executive Director Rick Harnish and Metra Board of Directors Chairman Martin Oberman after receiving the organization’s legislative award.

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