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.

american flagVILLA PARK- Laws to better serve Illinois veterans will go into effect at the start of the New Year, thanks to Villa Park Democrat, Senator Tom Cullerton.

Cullerton passed a series of new laws to guarantee DuPage County veterans have better access to resources and services they qualify for.

“Our nation’s heroes have served our great country with honor, respect and made countless sacrifices to protect our freedoms,” Cullerton said. “These new laws are a small token of appreciation for all they do to keep us safe.”

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

This year, he passed Senate Bill 866, which will require the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) to provide information and education on service animals to veterans.

“The DVA should serve as a one-stop shop for our veterans,” Cullerton said. “We haven’t been able to explore the effects of using service dogs as alternative treatments since there is a lack of awareness in the veterans’ community. Service dogs may be the missing link to stop save veterans lives across our nation.”

The Federal Department of Veterans Affairs and Army state that 10-18 percent of returning veterans are likely to have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after they return. Some studies suggest that suicide risk is higher among those who experienced trauma due to the symptoms of PTSD.

Read more: Tom Cullerton announces new laws to help veterans in the New Year

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