OfficeMaxAn incentive package encouraging the newly formed Office Depot Inc. to locate its corporate headquarters in Naperville passed the Senate Executive Committee on Wednesday. State Senator Tom Cullerton, the plans sponsor, and executives from the newly formed company testified in favor of the plan.

The proposal, House Bill 3271, creates a tax credit based on the number of jobs kept in Naperville and new jobs brought into the state from the company formed by the recently merged OfficeMax and Office Depot. The two companies began a merger in February, recently received Federal Trade Commission approval and formed the new company Office Depot Inc. on Tuesday.

“Illinois has an outstanding business environment, a terrific talent pool and the perfect kind of infrastructure for a company like the new Office Depot Inc. to locate. This incentive is just a way of showing our commitment to being competitive and bringing new companies and new jobs to the state,” Cullerton said.

Read more: Office Max, Office Depot bill passes Senate Committee

Cullerton1The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) hosted a reception for family members and supporters of three nonprofit organizations Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Danada House Atrium in Wheaton.

The reception recognized the hard work of Easter Seals, the Ray Graham Association and the Deicke Home.

"These are outstanding organizations that deserve extra recognition," Cullerton said. "The work that these groups do to improve the lives of the disabled is especially commendable."

The reception helped kick off the Forest Preserve District's largest special event of the year: the Danada Fall Festival, which featured equestrian shows, an art exhibit, food, crafts and other family friendly events.

"We need to follow the example of these organizations, create lasting partnerships and focus on improving the lives of our most vulnerable citizens," Cullerton said.

TCSeniorFlyer2State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) and several state agencies will host a senior fair Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Bartlett Community Center’s Oak Room.

State, local and private senior programs will be on hand to give out information and answer questions. Health organizations will also be providing medical screenings for participating seniors.

The Illinois Department on Aging, comptroller’s office, attorney general’s office, the secretary of state’s office, the Illinois Department on Veteran’s Affairs and the Illinois State Police are co-sponsoring the fair and will have representatives in attendance.

schoolpensState Senator Tom Cullerton will serve on two newly created taskforces: The School Security and Standards Task Force and the Task Force on Civic Education, which were formed this year.

The School Security and Standards Task Force

"Sadly, the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, ongoing violence in some of our neighborhoods and the potential for other tragedy changed how we look at security in our schools," Cullerton said. "We need to make sure our schools and our children are safe and secure."

The School Security and Standards Task Force will study the safety and security of schools in the state, make recommendations to the Illinois State Board of Education and create minimum safety guidelines for schools.

Read more: School safety and civics task forces created, Cullerton appointed

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