TCwebsitepicture4.17.15VILLA PARK- DuPage County schools may see an increase in education funding for the fourth year in a row thanks to State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park).

Cullerton is working on a plan to increase education funding and to allow DuPage County schools to open on time this fall.

“We have continued to increase education funding every year since I have been in the state senate,” Cullerton said. “As the father of three young boys, I understand what DuPage County parents are looking for.”

All of the schools in Cullerton’s district will see a major increase in funding.

“The only way to lower suburban property taxes is if we start funding schools properly,” Cullerton said.

Under this plan, Addison School District would see a $2.6 million increase and Villa Park School District 45 would receive an additional $939,825 in funding.  

Cullerton did not support the Illinois Senate Democrats’ earlier plan, Senate Bill 231, which would pick winners and losers in schools across his district. He believes the legislature shouldn’t be in the business of taking money away from one school at the expense of another.  

“I refuse to support a plan that would advance one school, at the expense of another,” Cullerton said. “It’s important to give all students an opportunity to succeed.”

The Senate will convene on Wednesday at noon to take action on pending budget measures.

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“On behalf of the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois, I thank Tom Cullerton for his service to our state and fire protection services throughout our communities. We know with Tom representing DuPage fire fighters in Springfield, we have a true friend and ally."

- AFFI President Pat Devaney

BLOOMINGDALE- State Senator Tom Cullerton was honored on Thursday, June 9 at the 41st Biennial Convention for the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois for his advocacy and work on behalf of DuPage County fire protection services.

“I’m humbled to be awarded this honor by this group of hard-working fire protection professionals. Fire fighters risk their lives every day to protect our homes and families,” Cullerton said. “We are lucky to have such hard-working firefighters in our communities. They are focused on saving lives and looking for new opportunities to address our public safety needs.”

This year the Bloomingdale Fire Fighters Local 3272 hosted the 2016 Associated Fire Fighter of Illinois convention.

“On behalf of the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois, I thank Tom Cullerton for his service to our state and fire protection services throughout our communities,” AFFI President Pat Devaney said. “We know with Tom representing DuPage fire fighters in Springfield, we have a true friend and ally.”

Previously Cullerton received the 2014 Legislative Award for his work to pass a measure that consolidates fire protection department operations and reduce costs while improving the quality of services they provide.

PHOTO Tom Cullerton honored by Illinois Fire Fighters

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) posed for a quick picture with fire fighters from the Lombard Fire Fighters Union IAFF Local 3009 after receiving the Association of Fire Fighters of Illinois’ 2016 Legislative Award for his advocacy work on behalf of DuPage County fire fighters.

 

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“Serving our country is one of the most honorable things you can do. And in return, it’s our duty to provide our returning veterans with resources to honor the sacrifices they have made to protect our democratic values.”

- State Senator Tom Cullerton

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VILLA PARK- According to a recent U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs study, 22 veterans commit suicide every day in this country.

To stop this alarming trend, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) and the Task Force on Veterans’ Suicide will hear from veterans, health care professionals and community groups to investigate the causes to and prevention of suicides among returning Illinois veterans.

“Every life we save will have an everlasting impact on families across our community and nation,” Cullerton said. “Our mission is clear: we need to reduce all statistics to zero suicides.”

Cullerton served in the Army from 1990 to 1993 as an infantryman. He draws on his own experiences to improve the lives of people in his district and those throughout Illinois.

“Serving our country is one of the most honorable things you can do,” Cullerton said. “And in return, it’s our duty to provide our returning veterans with resources to honor the sacrifices they have made to protect our democratic values.”

The task force will meet next week at College of Lake County in Grayslake, Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove and Triton College in River Grove. The task force has previously met Springfield and Belleville.

The general public is invited to attend and should call Cullerton’s Villa Park office at (630) 903-6662 for additional information.

College of Lake County, Grayslake
Date: Tuesday, June 14
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will reconvene from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington Street, C-Wing, Large Conference Room C003, Grayslake, IL

Waubonsee Community College
Date: Wednesday, June 15            
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Waubonsee Community College- Sugar Grove Campus, Academic and Professional Center (APC) Room 110-D, Route Rt. 47, Waubonsee Drive, Sugar Grove, IL


Triton College in River Grove
Date: Thursday, June 16
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Triton College, Building B, Parachute Lounge (located on West side of Fifth Ave.) 2000 Fifth Ave, River Grove, IL

The task force will submit a report at the end of the year to the General Assembly with their recommendations for legislative measures. The full member list is available at http://illinoisjoiningforces.org/1161-2/

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“This is a simple way to reduce waste, fraud and abuse of valuable taxpayer dollars,” State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) said.

PHOTO Tom Cullerton works to spread DuPage success throughout Illinois4.13.16SPRINGFIELD- Between 2010 and 2014, 11 of Illinois’ 15 major government pension funds have made $2.2 million in payments to more than 1,000 dead people.

To end this practice, State Senator Tom Cullerton passed House Bill 6030 to require state pension funds to develop and implement a process to identify deceased pension recipients each month.

“This is a simple way to reduce waste, fraud and abuse of valuable taxpayer dollars,” Cullerton said. “Reviewing the pension rolls monthly will allow for greater oversight and accountability of where pension funds are going.”

It is difficult to determine the amount of pension payments made to deceased annuitants because each pension fund tracks death-related overpayments differently.  

State pension funds will have until January 1, 2017 to implement a process to identify deceased recipients at least once a month. The process can include using a third-party company, Social Security Administration data or other available data as well as any other method that is commonly used by other state retirement systems.

"The BGA supports pension reform that eliminates abuses of the public funds that support retired public employees,” Judy Stevens, Better Government Association Policy Coordinator. “With the passage of HB 6030, Illinois has taken a step toward eliminating one of the most glaring of these abuses - money paid to deceased pension recipients. By requiring state funds to regularly identify pension recipients who have passed, the bill could ultimately result in saving millions of dollars for Illinois' woefully underfunded retirement systems."

House Bill 6030 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support and now moves to the governor’s desk for consideration.

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