PHOTO Tom Cullerton works to spread DuPage success throughout Illinois4.13.16SPRINGFIELD- DuPage parents may soon have easily found educational information to prevent heroin and opioid addition, thanks to Villa Park Democrat State Senator Tom Cullerton.

Cullerton passed House Bill 3161 which will require the Department of Human Services to create and maintain a website to educate the public on heroin and prescription opioid abuse.

“We need to equip every single person who touches the life of a young person with the necessary resources to combat the heroin epidemic,” Cullerton said. “This is a simple step the state can take to make sure DuPage parents have a place to turn to help their children avoid or kick this deadly addiction.”

The website will include items such as  warning signs of heroin and prescription opioid addiction, helpful hints for parents on how to discuss the dangers of these addictions with their children, available treatment options and services, and other related information.

This legislation comes in light of a request made by the federal government to DHS. Without passing House Bill 3161 the state risks losing federal funds to fight substance addiction.

The DuPage County Coroner Office’s reports a total of 78 opiate related deaths in 2016, a 78% increase from 2015.

“We need to make sure people know there is help out there,” Cullerton said. “We need to make sure those suffering from opioid addiction and their loved ones know where to find it.”

Cullerton urges DuPage County residents to give his Villa Park Office a call at (630) 903-6662 with any question regarding where to receive help fighting opioid addiction.

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tcullerton 053116SPRINGFIELD- As the federal government continues to allow big data to sell your information, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is working to protect women and children from private entities sharing their location information that can be transmitted by cell phones, tablets and computers.

“Illinois residents deserve to know who has access to their personal information,” Cullerton said. “Geolocation tracking can tell companies where you buy your morning coffee or what bus stops your son or daughter jump on after school. This is private information. You should be able to control who has access to it.”

House Bill 3449 measure known as the Geolocation Privacy Protection Act, would require companies that store or share your precise location data to receive opt-in consent from Illinois residents before selling or sharing it.  

“Illinois residents may opt-in to use the GPS app on their phones or tablets but they should have a say on when their data is being sold,” Cullerton said. “It is simple. The price of using a map on your phone shouldn’t mean you are automatically giving some unknown entity the ability to sell your information.”

Cullerton believes it is a simple task for an app developer to ask consumers if they are privy to access their geolocation information. This is something that can be simply incorporated into the design and function of an application.

Currently Delaware, California and Nevada have similar laws in place.

House Bill 3449 passed the Senate on a 33-22 vote and now moves back to the House for further debate.

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052114CM0405csSPRINGFIELD — In an effort to protect Illinois taxpayers, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) voted against a premature tax increase.

Senate Bill 9 increases the state income tax from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent.

“I cannot support a tax increase until we cut more waste, fraud and abuse in state bureaucracy,” Cullerton said. “The governor’s administration entered into a $2.4 million leasing deal on the taxpayers’ dime; yet folks are asking DuPage residents to help balance the budget. This is unacceptable and something I cannot vote in favor of.”

Cullerton and State Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) are urging for a bipartisan investigation by the Illinois Audit Commission to examine the sweetheart deal Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration gave to political insiders.

Last week, the Illinois Senate passed structural reforms, such as Cullerton’s government consolidation plan, procurement reform and school funding reform.

The school funding plan does not cut funding to schools in DuPage County. All schools will receive the same amount of funding they received this school year. However, struggling districts such as School District U-46 and Queen Bee School District 16 would receive an increase in funding to put them on an even playing field with neighboring schools.  

“I would never support a plan that would pit children against each other,” Cullerton said. “None of our schools will receive less funding than the year before. However, we will move toward a system that is fair and gives all children, regardless of their ZIP code, a chance to succeed.”

 

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PHOTO Tom Cullerton advances legislation to eliminate office of lieutenant governorSPRINGFIELD- State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) requests a formal investigation into the overpriced Springfield warehouse the Department of Human Services leased to store state files.

Cullerton and Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) submitted a formal request to Illinois Legislative Audit Commission co-chairs Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and Representative Robert Rita (D-Blue Island) to examine the irresponsible contract negotiated by DHS to rent the warehouse for $2.4 million for five years that could have been bought for $750,000.

“Governor Rauner needs to take the time to be kind and compassionate toward our children, veterans, seniors and vulnerable populations instead of cutting sweetheart deals for his insider pals,” Cullerton said. “My hope is this investigation sends a clear message to the governor’s administration that I won’t stand on the sidelines as they give their political allies another payout on the taxpayers’ dime. The time for Illinois Audit Commission to act is now.”

Cullerton serves on the Legislative Audit Commission and looks forward to working with his committee members to investigate this contract and other similar state contracts.

One of the owners of the leasing company is William Cellini’s son-in-law.

Cellini, a politically connected businessman, served a time in prison after his conviction in 2011 of a failed attempt to shake down Oscar-winning film producer Thomas Rosenberg for a $1.5 million contribution to the campaign of currently imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Read more: Tom Cullerton requests formal bipartisan investigation into Warehousegate

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