051915 js 0211.resizeVILLA PARK- State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) released the following statement in response to Governor Rauner’s announcement to replace pipes and improve infrastructure at the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy:

“I’ve visited the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy to investigate the water infrastructure problems. It didn’t take me staying there for a week to realize there are significant issues needing swift action to make changes. The governor and his administration need to quickly outline their capital plan to begin action and implement a strong strategy to provide our veterans the best possible care and service.”

american flagCHICAGO- State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) convened a joint bipartisan hearing of the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committee to examine the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy to help better serve and protect Illinois veterans.

“This legislative forum serves as a crucial opportunity to examine the process our state uses to protect one of our most vulnerable populations,” Cullerton said.

The joint committee heard from representatives from the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to examine and research the response and protocol in place to prevent similar outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease at Illinois veterans’ homes.

“Our nation’s heroes have fought to protect our values and freedoms,” Cullerton said. “It is our great obligation to give a voice to the thirteen veterans and loved ones who unfortunately lost their lives to a preventable illness.”

Last month, he toured and met with staff and residents at the Illinois Quincy Home for Veterans to better understand the protocol at the home. Cullerton was impressed with the care and service patients received.

“This hearing is the first step to ensure our veterans have the best possible care, as well as the peace of mind that they will live out their golden years in a safe and responsible home,” Cullerton said. “We made some progress today, however we have a long way to go to guarantee our state’s heroes have an exceptional quality of life and service.”

However, Cullerton was disappointed that senior staff from the governor’s office did not provide testimony or make themselves available to answer questions before the committee to help give the public greater insight.

A veteran himself, Cullerton plans to hold additional hearings to further examine and institute best practices in veterans’ facilities throughout the state.

american flagVILLA PARK- Starting the first of this year there are new laws in place to better serve Illinois veterans.

Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is proud of the work the Illinois General Assembly completed last legislative session to serve and honor the sacrifices Illinois veterans have made for our state and nation.

The laws make it easier for veterans and military personnel to get cancer screenings, terminate their phone contracts during deployment, obtain specialty veterans’ license plates and more.

“Illinois’ heroes have worked to serve and protect our democratic values and principles. It’s important that we continue to honor the sacrifices they have made for us by implementing common-sense legislation to improve our military men and women’s lives,” Cullerton said. “I urge area advocates and organizations to familiarize themselves with them to better serve and educate our heroes as they return home.”

Cullerton served in the Army from 1990 to 1993 as an infantryman. He continues to use his military experience to champion legislation to help military veterans, personnel and their families. And believes we must continue to honor the

work our military personnel do throughout the year.

“We have more work to do to guarantee our veterans and military persons receive the services and protections they deserve,” Cullerton said. “I remain committed to better serving our heroes and honoring the sacrifices they have made for our great nation. I will continue to work with my colleagues in a bipartisan manner to better serve Illinois veterans and military members.”

DuPage County residents can read the list of laws to aid Illinois veterans that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018 at http://bit.ly/2A6QktF.

Cullerton urges veterans, military personnel, service providers and organizations to reach out to his Villa Park Office at (630) 903-6662 for further information or with any questions concerning the legislation or state services.

053016CM0641VILLA PARK – State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) released a statement in response to the recent reports of malicious cyber-attacks launched in early July to a statewide computer program built to help Illinois veterans claim their benefits from the government:

“Who is in charge? This is another example of the governor’s thoughtless and ineffective management. Frankly, his administration needs to get its act together. How much more can possibly go wrong at the VA under his watch? Our nation’s heroes have put their lives on the line. Governor Rauner needs to step up to the plate and give Illinois’ veterans the services and care they deserve.”

For more information on the cybersecurity breach click here to read the WCIA story.

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