02072018 RSSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) joined a group of bipartisan legislators to help institute swift and effective remedies at the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy.

Cullerton joined House and Senate democrats and republicans in reiterating the General Assembly’s readiness to pass legislation to expedite the construction process to ensure the safety and well-being of the United States servicemen and women at the Quincy home.

“Gov. Bruce Rauner has forced our nation’s heroes to wait three years for a meaningful resolution to the Legionella crisis at the Quincy Home. This is simply unacceptable,” Cullerton said. “Now is the time for the governor’s administration to be proactive and take the necessary steps to move our veterans and their loved ones out of harm’s way.”

Last week’s bipartisan House and Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs adjourned without receiving a status update from the Illinois Director of Veterans Affairs Erica Jefferies and Director of Public Health Nirav Shah.

Cullerton said he still hopes the governor’s administration will work with the General Assembly to quickly fix the problem at the home.

“We have a long way to go to guarantee our veterans live out their golden years in safe environment,” Cullerton said. “If we all work together we can institute a real solution to eliminate the risk of Legionnaires’ disease indefinitely.”   

Joining Cullerton as co-signers on the letter were Representative Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, Senator Sam McCann (R-Plainview) and Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills).

Click here to read the letter.

02072018CM0131 RSSPRINGFIELD- Two key department directors no-showed another committee meeting Thursday that was aimed at finding solutions to infrastructure problems that led to an ongoing outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease at the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy.

The bipartisan House and Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs adjourned without receiving a status update from the Illinois Director of Veterans Affairs Erica Jefferies and Director of Public Health Nirav Shah.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park), who chairs the Senate’s Committee on Veterans Affairs, was disappointed in the directors’ absence.

“It is simply unacceptable that Director Shah and Director Jefferies did not attend our bipartisan hearing,” Cullerton said. “The lack of communication that we have received throughout this process is ridiculous.”

Cullerton sent letters to the agency heads earlier this month asking for documentation of all communications regarding press strategies between the agencies from Dec. 1, 2017 through March 9, 2018. He also asked for documentation of all communications referencing the 2015 BRIC report. He was given a stack of papers after the hearing.  

“I want to work with the administration to address this issue, but Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration continues to hide in the shadows instead of being forthright and responding to our requests for information,” Cullerton said. “I urge Director Jefferies and Director Shah to reach out so we can have an open discussion on how we can work together to address the needs of our U.S. servicemen and women.”

PHOTO Tom Cullerton works to spread DuPage success throughout Illinois4.13.16VILLA PARK – On Sept. 7, 2017, Equifax announced that a security breach compromised the personal information of 143 million U.S. residents, including more than 5.4 million Illinois residents.

In response, a measure passed by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) to allow consumers to protect themselves in a cost-effective and timely manner is heading to the governor’s desk.

“People should not be penalized for making sound financial decisions,” Cullerton said. “It’s our duty to provide Illinois residents with robust methods to ensure credit protection and identity theft prevention measures.”

Cullerton’s House Bill 4095 will no longer allow consumer reporting agencies to impose a charge on a consumer for placing a freeze, removing a freeze, or temporarily lifting a freeze on their credit reports. Under current law, consumer reporting agencies are allowed to charge up to $10 each time a consumer wishes to take these proactive actions.

House Bill 4095 would not only eliminate fees but would also allow Illinois residents to initiate or remove a freeze by telephone and through electronic methods.

The Equifax security breach compromised information such as names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver's license numbers. This breach is very concerning as such sensitive information can be used for identity theft.

“Every day we utilize online services that require us to share personal information. This makes all of us susceptible to security breaches similar to the 2017 Equifax breach,” Cullerton said. “When misfortune strikes it’s vital that the State of Illinois ensure DuPage County residents have the tools available to protect themselves.”

House Bill 4095 passed the Senate and House without any opposition.

For those that are already victims of identity theft or those who believe their personal or financial information has been compromised, Cullerton suggests calling the Illinois Attorney General’s toll-free Identity Theft Hotline at 1-866-999-5630 or 1-877-844-5461 (TTY).

05152017CM060RSVILLA PARK – State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is working to reinforce the state’s commitment to protecting American jobs.

That effort is evident in Cullerton’s Senate Bill 2613, which would require all vehicles purchased or leased by the State of Illinois to be manufactured in the United States.

“State taxpayer dollars should be used to buy vehicles and products made by hardworking men and women who live right here in the United States,” Cullerton said. “This commonsense measure will stress the importance of investing in U.S. businesses to create more jobs and strengthen our economy.”

Cullerton said buying American-made vehicles creates jobs, stresses to automobile manufacturers the importance of keeping production facilities in the United States and helps reduce national and state budget deficits.  American factories also guarantee safe and fair working conditions while assuring fair wages are paid.

“Buying American-made cars is an investment in our nation’s competitiveness,” Cullerton said. “It’s our duty to support businesses that provide good-paying jobs to communities across our nation.”

Senate Bill 2613 is on track to be heard in the Senate’s transportation committee this legislative session.

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