“It’s our duty to protect our drinking water for the sake of our children and generations to come,”
- State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park)

tcullerton 053116SPRINGFIELD - Recent news reports have shown evidence that public water systems reveal lead levels exceeding federal standards.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) passed House Joint Resolution 153 which directs the Illinois Environmental Agency to conduct a study detailing lead in Illinois drinking water.

“It’s our duty to protect our drinking water for the sake of our children and generations to come,” Cullerton said. “We should use the situation in Flint, Michigan as a learning experience.”

Several communities in Illinois have detected lead in their drinking water. Recently, federal officials recommended that the City of Galesburg furnish bottled water or filters to residents affected by high levels of lead in their drinking water. Chicago has also seen a lead poisoning rate at least twice the national average and the rates are higher among minority children.

Research shows every dollar spent on lead poisoning prevention results in a lifetime of savings and decreased costs to taxpayers for health care and special education.

“The study will help us create an action plan to battle and prevent further lead poisoning in Illinois,” Cullerton said.  “This is a small step we can take to promote the effective and responsible use of tax payer dollars and resources.”

 House Joint Resolution 153 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support. This measure is sponsored by Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) in the House.

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“Any time we can pass legislation to help our developmental-disabled population, it makes us a stronger and better state,” State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park)

081915CM0995RTrsSPRINGFIELD- Currently, there are 19,808 Illinois residents on the waitlist for development disability services.

State Senator Tom Cullerton passed a measure that would take the time spent on the waiting list in addition to other factors when selecting which individuals will receive services.

“Any time we can pass legislation to help our developmental-disabled population, it makes us a stronger and better state,” Cullerton said.

House Bill 6086 is an initiative of Autism Speaks. The organization came to Cullerton because they believed it is difficult for families who have spent a significant amount of time on the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) waiting list to receive developmental disability services for their family members.

“With the passage of House Bill 6086, I hope it will be the first step of many to improve the chances of people with autism and other developmental disabilities, of being chosen for services in the future, from the states PUNS waiting list,” Mike Baker, Volunteer State Advocacy Chair from Autism Speaks.

PUNS is a statewide database with information about individuals with developmental disabilities who are potentially in need of services. The database does not function as a first-come, first-served service; the enrollments are categorized by need, and families with immediate needs are served first.

House Bill 6086 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support and now moves to the governor’s desk for his consideration.

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US Flag BacklitSPRINGFIELD- Currently there are more than 2 million Illinoisans who are eligible to vote, but aren’t registered.

To alleviate this problem, Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) sponsored Senate Bill 250 which would automatically register eligible citizens when they renew their drivers’ license or state ID.

“The democratic process works best when more people are involved,” Cullerton said. “We need to do whatever we can to engage more people and give them the opportunity to exercise their rights.”

Statistics have shown currently of all voting-age eligible Illinoisans, 42 percent of black citizens, 57.8 percent of Asian citizens and 33 percent of all females are not registered.  

Under current law eligible citizens are allowed to register when they renew their license or state ID. Senate Bill 250 would change the rule from an “opt-in” system where citizens have to actively register to “opt-out” where they can choose to not register to vote.

“This simple change will streamline Illinois’ voter registration process and help us save money at the same time,” Cullerton said.

Estimates show the annual county-level costs throughout the country for voter registration is at least $1 billion or about one-third of the total county-level cost of administering elections.

Senate Bill 250 passed the Senate with bipartisan support and now moves to the House for consideration.

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PHOTO Tom Cullerton works to spread DuPage success throughout Illinois4.13.16SPRINGFIELD- To mirror the success seen in DuPage County, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) has passed his initiative to streamline and remove redundancies in local government.  

“Through our bipartisan work, we have made DuPage County a leader in government consolidation,” Cullerton said. “It’s time to use the lessons we have learned and spread our success throughout the state to save valuable taxpayer dollars.”

Cullerton passed Senate Bill 2994, which requires all Illinois county boards to submit a report to the General Assembly recommending units of government that may be dissolved or consolidated.

This was the first step DuPage County took in its government consolidation efforts. Through this model, the county is projected to save taxpayers more than $100 million over the next 20 years.

Cullerton acknowledges that Illinois has more than 7,000 government entities that were developed decades ago.

“Government needs to involve with the needs of the people,” Cullerton said. “It’s our duty to ensure government is working efficiently for Illinois residents.”

State Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) carried this measure in the House.

Senate Bill 2994 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support and now moves to the governor’s desk for consideration.

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