ItascaTCTHVILLA PARK- State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is standing up for DuPage County retirees.

Cullerton introduced Senate Resolution 113 that would prohibit taxing retirement income.  

“Our seniors have made life choices based on a promise made by the state,” Cullerton said. “It is ridiculous for the state to recant on this contract. Illinois’ retirees cannot afford to suddenly be taxed by the state.”

Proposals have been floated around by Chicago nonprofits to change the Illinois income tax code to include taxing retirees’ income. Cullerton is strongly opposed to any plan that would tax senior citizens.

The average Illinois retiree receives an annual pension of just $32,000 a year and many receive much less.

“We can’t afford to tax away seniors’ opportunities to live independently,” said Cullerton.

Cullerton recently launched a petition  to combat any legislation to tax senior citizens’ retirement income. Click here to sign the petition.

In a 2016 Nielsen survey conducted of Illinoisans over 50, three-fifths say they would leave the state if such a tax were approved.

“As we try to keep our residents in state and increase opportunities, why would we enact policies that would chase seniors out of Illinois,” Cullerton said.  “Taxing seniors’ retirement income isn’t going to solve our budget deficit.”

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052014 js 1043resizeVILLA PARK- DuPage County will now be able to honor a series of voter referendums from the November 2016 election.

Villa Park Democrat State Senator Tom Cullerton’s law to correct a mistake made by the DuPage County Election Commission last fall was signed into law today.

“The referendums passed with overwhelming support,” Cullerton said. “This is a small step to guarantee the will of the people is the law of the land.”

State law currently requires notice to be published no more than 30 days and not less than 10 days before an election. However, the notice was published in the local papers 33 days in advance due to a clerical error made by the election commission.

“This is a one-time deal to avoid costly litigation,” Cullerton said. “Voters voiced their opinions in good faith, now it is time to abide by their wishes.”

This law is a one-time correction that only applies to DuPage County for the November 2016 elections.

Senate Bill 3319 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support.

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081915CM0995RTrsSPRINGFIELD- Illinois residents may now be reunited with unclaimed property sooner than in the past.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) advanced Senate Bill 886 which would allow the Illinois’ Treasurer’s Office to facilitate a faster return of unclaimed property.

“This small step will reunite Illinois residents with their money sooner,” Cullerton said. “Data sharing between the Treasurer’s Office and Illinois Revenue Department will help cut government bureaucracy and get money and property in your hands faster.”

In Illinois, the State Treasurer’s Office is tasked with safeguarding unclaimed property, such as forgotten bank accounts, life insurance benefits and unused rebate cards. The office recovers hundreds of thousands of properties each year from government agencies, banks, insurers, utilities and other companies across the country that have been unable to return the properties to their rightful owners.

Then the office’s I-CASH program works to notify owners and reunite them with their money and other property. In the last year, the program returned a record-setting $155 million to Illinois residents.

The Treasurer’s office currently holds more than 14 million properties valued at more than $2 billion.

“We need to cut government red tape wherever we can,” Cullerton said. “This will help get property in your hands sooner rather than later.”

Senate Bill 886 advanced out of the Senate’s State Government Committee with bipartisan support and now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

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TCullertonfloor2017SPRINGFIELD- To assist military families, the new Senate Veteran Affairs Committee Chairman, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park), advanced legislation to update the Line of Duty Compensation Act.

The Line of Duty Compensation Act provides for death benefits to be paid through the Court of Claims when law enforcement officers, firemen and military service men and women are killed in the line of duty.

Cullerton recently heard from the Attorney General’s Office about a claim filed by the wife of a U.S. Army serviceman who was killed during Operation Freedom Sentinel which is not currently included in the act.

“This is one small step to eliminate unnecessary hurdles for families who have already lost too much,” Cullerton said. “This update will guarantee those who have lost one of Illinois’ heroes will be taken care of after they are gone.”

Senate Bill 860 will update the Line of Duty Compensation Act to include recent military operations: Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, Operation New Dawn and Operation Inherent Resolve.

“These military families have already made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom,” Cullerton said.  “It’s our duty to make this process as easy as possible for their loved ones.”

Senate Bill 860 passed the Senate’s Committee on Veteran Affairs with bipartisan support and now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

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