TC-SB2404Tired of seeing teachers being laid off because of state funding cuts and frustrated at decades of pension mismanagement, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D- Villa Park) lent his support Thursday to a plan that begins to reform the state pension systems while also protecting workers constitutional rights.

“This isn’t an easy vote. But it’s been put off for too long by too many. I got elected to solve problems and there’s no bigger problem than this one,” said Senator Cullerton, a Villa Park Democrat serving his first term in the Illinois Senate.

Cullerton noted that the state’s pension payment is going up nearly $1 billion in the upcoming budget year and will squeeze out resources that would have otherwise gone to school funding and assistance for the needy. If nothing is done, those payments continue to increase for the foreseeable future.

Read more: Senator Tom Cullerton supports fair pension reform

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TCullerton-ParkDistrictsPark districts throughout the suburbs would gain needed flexibility in their budgeting under legislation State Senator Tom Cullerton advanced Thursday in the Illinois State Senate.

Cullerton’s proposal gives park boards the ability to adjust their budget plan if they receive new funds during the fiscal year that were unanticipated at the time the budget was approved. Currently this process is difficult and confusing for those involved.

“I was very pleased today to pass another measure that streamlines government to make local governments more effective,” Cullerton said. “It’s important to make sure these local governments, like the park districts, have the ability to run efficiently.”

Park districts approve their annual operating budget at the beginning of the fiscal year. Revenues that are not anticipated at that time would not be included in the park district’s budget. 

Read more: Senator Tom Cullerton’s plan helps suburban park districts

TCullerton-ShrinkGovernmentState Senator Tom Cullerton’s proposal to reduce government in DuPage County passed the Senate on Thursday. This proposal gives the DuPage County Board the ability to consolidate smaller levels of local government.

"It's no secret Illinois has way too many layers of government,” Cullerton said. “My goal here is to make DuPage County a leader in streamlining government, while at the same time ensuring taxpayers get quality services."

Cullerton’s legislation, Senate Bill 494, allows the DuPage County Board to dissolve many appointed positions to provide taxpayers with a smaller, less costly and more efficient local government. The proposal also gives the option for voters to petition against the decision of the board if they choose. Current law requires a voter referendum to remove these appointed boards and authorities.

Read more: Tom Cullerton’s bill to shrink government moves forward (VIDEO)

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