05032017AM5839VILLA PARK – A new Illinois law sponsored by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) will put a stop to golden parachutes for disgraced public employees.

Cullerton’s Senate Bill 3604 was signed into law Tuesday by the governor, eliminating severance packages for employees that have been fired for misconduct and limiting government-paid severance packages to an amount no greater than 20 weeks of compensation.

“This is a commonsense reform that protects the public from bailing out corrupt actors,” Cullerton said. “It is plain and simple: If you betray the trust of DuPage County taxpayers, you will not be rewarded with taxpayer money. Handing out golden parachutes to discredited public officials is theft and this law will put a stop to it.”

The law was brought forward by Cullerton in partnership with the Better Government Association as part of their ongoing effort to fight the misuse of taxpayer dollars.

"Illinois officials took a big step forward by turning the Government Severance Pay Act into law,” said David Greising, the BGA's President and CEO. “Taxpayers now can rest assured they won't be paying for exorbitant golden parachutes to make public executives go away. This law begins the process of restoring taxpayer trust in Illinois and the Better Government Association is proud to have been the catalyst, with Senator Cullerton, for a law that ensures better stewardship of the public's money."

Government officials are frequently advised to grant rich severances in an attempt to head off employment litigation, so the bill is aimed at counteracting that trend, Cullerton said.

“The Government Severance Pay Act will set a clean, clear path that will eliminate those decisions for elected officials,” Cullerton said. “Now is the time to get control of these huge buyouts and use good, taxpayer-focused judgement.”

Similar policies are in place in Florida and other states, said Cullerton, who continues to call for tougher regulations to stop state universities and community colleges from buying out administrators that are under investigation or found guilty of mismanagement.

This is another step in his mission to put an end to this wasteful practice.

“Our state cannot afford to waste a single penny, especially to help folks who treat taxpayers like their own personal piggy bank,” Cullerton said.

Senate Bill 3604 passed the Senate and House with unanimous support and goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

RSWEBSITE2017VILLA PARK — A new law championed by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) will make it easier for veterans to obtain an official veteran designation on their stateidentification cards.

Cullerton’s House Bill 4332 was signed into law Sunday, allowing an identification card issued under the federal Veterans Identification Card Act of 2015 to be used as verification for a veteran’s designation on a state ID or license.

“This commonsense law will streamline the process for Illinois’ veterans,” Cullerton said. “Our veterans have already jumped through hoops and filled out various forms to receive a federal designation – they should not have to complete a redundant process to receive state approval.”

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

“Our returning heroes should not have to go through additional red tape when they return home,” Cullerton said. “It is our duty to ease their transition back to civilian life by utilizing practical procedures.”

This measure is supported by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation.

House Bill 4332 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support. It goes into effect on January 1, 2019.

04192018CM0592VILLA PARK – A new Illinois law championed by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) will spare small businesses from paying outrageous late penalties.

Cullerton’s House Bill 4578, which was signed into law Friday, will reduce late penalties from $300 to $100 for annual LLC report filings.

“This law will further the state’s commitment to energizing our economy,” Cullerton said. “I’m proud to work with my colleagues from both parties to eliminate this hurdle for small businesses.”

Last year, Cullerton passed Senate Bill 867 with bipartisan support to reduce a number of filing fees for LLCs to match those for corporations. This measure reduced the filing fees for the creation of an LLC from $500 to $150.

Cullerton also worked to lower the annual filing fee for LLCs from $250 to $75.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy,” Cullerton said. “Local businesses play a huge role in our communities and economy. We need to do whatever we can toencourage businesses to make Illinois’ their home.”

Limited Liability Company or LLC is like a corporation, a limited liability company or "LLC,” a separate and distinct legal entity.

House Bill 4578 goes into effect immediately.

05152017CM060RSVILLA PARK – Taxpayer dollars will be off limits for the purchase of silence regarding allegations of sexual harassment thanks to a new law championed by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park).

Cullerton’s House Bill 4243 was signed into law on Friday.

“We shouldn’t need a law to state the obvious: Taxpayer dollars shouldn’t be used as hush money,” Cullerton said. “But clearly some disgraced elected officials believe they are entitled to public funds to cover up inappropriate behavior. Now it is crystal clear under law that there is zero tolerance for sexual harassment in Illinois, particularly when it’s funded by the taxpayers.”

House Bill 4243 is a response to recent news that members of Congress and officials from other states have used public funds to pay settlements to former employees in response to allegations of sexual harassment.

In Pennsylvania, newspapers reported that at least $3.2 million in taxpayer funds over the last eight years has been used to resolve more than two dozen sexual harassment complaints against government and public employees.

“This money belongs to the taxpayers, not in an elected official’s piggy bank,” Cullerton said. “This bill solidifies that we will not and cannot support a culture that subsidizes immoral behavior.”

The new law was a bipartisan effort sponsored by State Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) in the House and it will take effect immediately.

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