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

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.

PICTURE Tom Cullerton cuts excessive fees for small businessesCHICAGO – Small businesses in Illinois will no longer have to pay excessive startup fees, thanks to Villa Park State Senator Tom Cullerton.

Cullerton’s bipartisan initiative, Senate Bill 867, decreases the filing fee for small businesses to register in Illinois.

“This new law displays our state’s commitment to stimulating and revitalizing Illinois’ economy,” Cullerton said. “Cutting startup fees will help new businesses get off the ground and set up roots here in Illinois. Encouraging economic development in our state will help create new jobs, increase the tax base and grow our economy.”

Senate Bill 867 reduces a number of filing fees for Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), and changes the filing fees for LLCs to match those for corporations.

“This new law evens the playing field for small businesses in Illinois,” Nanette Gudenkauf, President and CEO of the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce said. “Lowering the LLC fees in Illinois will energize economic development and encourage new businesses to form in our communities. I commend Senator Tom Cullerton for passing this monumental new law and displaying his commitment to growing DuPage County’s economy.”

Under previous law, the filing fee to create a new LLC in Illinois was $500. Thanks to Cullerton, the filing fee is now $150. Cullerton also worked to lower the annual filing fee for LLCs from $250 to a much lower fee of $75.

“Instead of paying high fees to form and maintain their LLCs, small business owners will be able to put those resources into growing their businesses,” Elliot Richardson, President and Co-Founder of Small Business Advocacy Council said. “Passing this important legislation is a big win for Illinois’ small business community.”

The U.S. Small Business Administration cites internal reports that show small companies accounted for 64 percent of new jobs created in the U.S. between 1993 and 2011. Cullerton expects this new law will increase the number of new jobs in Illinois.

“The $500 fee was one of the highest in the country and is significantly higher than all our neighboring states,” Cullerton said. “Removing this hurdle will ensure Illinois businesses can achieve entrepreneurial success.”

Senate Bill 867 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support and goes into effect immediately.


06292017CM0261RSVILLA PARK- State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is calling for a full legislative audit into the mismanagement of the Quincy Veterans’ Home that has resulted in deaths of Illinois veterans.

“Our veterans have survived combat zones and foreign conflicts – the greatest dangers they now face should not be living their golden years in a state facility,” Cullerton said. “I’m calling on my colleagues on the Legislative Audit Commission to launch a full examination into the Quincy Veterans’ Home to give the Illinois General Assembly a clear picture of the problems we have on hand. The sooner we examine this atrocity, the more quickly we can remedy the situation.”

Cullerton will file legislation today to quickly begin the audit. He hopes for cooperation from the Illinois Legislative Audit Commission and sent a letter to Co-Chairmen State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and Representative Bob Rita (D-Blue Island) for their assistanceto quickly complete the audit. Cullerton serves on the bipartisan commission.

“I’m outraged veterans have died on the governor’s watch,” Cullerton said. “Our nation’s heroes have laid their lives on the line to protect our great nation.  I cannot believe Governor Rauner’s administration has been thoughtless and ineffective in the care and services our veterans continue to receive.”  

Cullerton describes this as another example from the governor’s administration of mismanagement and ineffective usage of state funds and resources.

“Governor Rauner needs to answer for this ongoing epidemic,” Cullerton said. “Governor Rauner has failed our veterans once again. My hope is this thorough examination will result in our nation’s heroes receiving better services and living conditions. They have given us their very best, now it is our duty to make sure they receive the same from us.”

Cullerton served in the Army from 1990 to 1993 as an infantryman and serves on as the Chairman of the Illinois Senate’s Veterans Affairs Committee.

He will be calling a hearing soon to address this issue and begin examining the care and services veterans receive at Quincy Veterans' Home.

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