06292017CM0261RSVILLA PARK— Schools across the 23rd State Senate District are set to receive record-level funding from the bipartisan budget passed by the Illinois State Senate.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) fought to ensure schools across Illinois received state funding as promised by the mandated education funding outlined in the new evidence-based funding formula.

“The most important investment we make as a state is in our children,” Cullerton said. “We upheld our commitment to our schools with a new funding formula that will ensure children have the opportunity to receive a superior education regardless of where they live.”

The budget allocates more than $544 million in dedicated funding to early childhood education to give Illinois kids a strong foundation before they enter kindergarten.

“Studies continue to emphasize the fact that the time and money we allocate in educating students at an early age pays dividends in the future,” Cullerton said.

To fight the high property taxes that continue to burden working families across Illinois, the budget commits $50 million to support property tax relief.

“Funding schools the right way will lead to lower property taxes,” Cullerton said. “As we work to funding our schools at full adequacy levels, it is essential that homeowners are given relief from high property tax bills.”

Since Cullerton has been in the Senate, DuPage County schools have seen significant increases in school funding amounts. He pledges to continue to work toward ensuring Illinois schools are properly funded.

Book Club WebsiteVILLA PARK— State Senator Tom Cullerton is kicking off his Summer Reading Book Club for children who live in the 23rd State Senate District.

Cullerton believes summer reading helps encourage children to develop a lifelong interest in books, maintain their reading skills during the summer months and keep their minds sharp.

“Reading through the summer months helps children stay engaged,” Cullerton said. “Our district is fortunate to have amazing community libraries. This summer reading book club will help urge our young people to take the time to visit our libraries. Let’s make reading a lifelong habit!”

The Summer Book Club requires students to read eight books of their choice during the summer break, record the names of the books and return the form to Cullerton’s office by Aug. 2. Participants will be invited to a Pizza Party that will be announced at a later date.

To receive a book club form either click here to download and print the form or call (630) 903-6662 to request a copy by mail.

Cullerton urges residents to call his office with additional questions.

06292017CM0261RSSPRINGFIELD— State Senator Tom Cullerton passed a measure to help eliminate the backlog of evidence sitting unchecked at state forensic labs.

Cullerton (D-Villa Park) passed House Joint Resolution 7, which directs the Illinois State Police to take all steps possible to comply with the Federal Rapid DNA Act of 2017.

“Forensic evidence can make all the difference in the outcome of a case,” Cullerton said. “This highly scientific process continues to become increasingly important in solving crimes. It is vital that the state speed up the process to ensure that justice is delivered swiftly and effectively.”

The measure directs the Illinois State Police and its divisions to examine crime labs’ equipment, procedures, and staffing levels with the goal of identifying and reporting to the General Assembly on factors preventing them from compliance with federal rules on swiftly processing evidence.

The current backlog of biological evidence includes numerous cases of violent crimes, including murders, shootings, and criminal sexual assaults, that end up being delayed for long periods of time. It typically takes at least one year for biological evidence to be processed by the state crime labs.

In today's climate where police and prosecutors are increasingly scrutinized about their procedures, DNA evidence is crucial to the successful prosecution of criminal cases.

“One of the most important players in any type of testimony often isn't a person but the forensic data,” Cullerton said. “Our hope is this report will provide the General Assembly with the knowledge to help give the Illinois State Police the necessary tools to drastically improve turnaround and ensure they are in compliance with federal protocols.”

This bipartisan initiative is sponsored by State Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) in the House. House Joint Resolution 7 passed the Senate with animous support.

02082017CM0383 RZSPRINGFIELD – Illinois residents may soon have a clearer picture of the state’s finances, thanks to State Senator Tom Cullerton.

Cullerton passed House Bill 313, which requires the Illinois Comptroller to include the expenditure amounts and dates of expenditures by state agencies to vendors, the salaries of each state employee and graphical data whenever possible to the comptroller’s online website.

“Illinois taxpayers have a right to know how their money is spent,” Cullerton said. “While this online database provides residents with an excellent resource, this legislation will expand the scope of the website to create an even clearer picture of the state’s finances.”

The website currently shows all of the state financial records and reports, with the same up-to-date numbers and information that are used by the Comptroller’s office in carrying out its Constitutional duties, including employee salaries. Cullerton urges Illinois residents to visit https://illinoiscomptroller.gov/financial-data/state-expenditures/employee-salary-database/ to inspect state revenues, expenses, contracts and salaries.

In addition to increasing transparency about individual employee salaries, the legislation will also extend to information about private-sector firms that seek contracts from the state.

“Our goal is to ensure this comprehensive financial database gives taxpayers an up-to-date and reliable method to inspect state revenues and expenditures to improve fiscal transparency in our state,” Cullerton said.

The bipartisan legislation passed the Senate and House with unanimous support and now heads to the governor’s desk for his approval.

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