tcullerton 053116SPRINGFIELD-  DuPage County’s successful government consolidation model is expected to save taxpayers more than $100 million over the next 20 years.

To take local government consolidation to the next level in Illinois, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) passed Senate Bill 3, which will spread DuPage County’s bipartisan government consolidation model statewide.

“It’s important that we continue to explore different methods to make sure government is working for Illinois residents,” Cullerton said. “The best way to lower property taxes is to empower voters to get rid duplicate forms of government. This is one small step we can take to lower property taxes without sacrificing the quality of government service.”

Senate Bill 3 allows counties to dissolve certain units of local government through a voter referendum. Cullerton knows these savings allow for lower property tax rates and provide residents with necessary services.

Cullerton passed Senate Bill 494 in 2013, which created the DuPage County government consolidation model used in Senate Bill 3. County Board Chairman Dan Cronin and Cullerton worked to create an innovative government consolidation model that can be adapted to work throughout the state.

The head of the Illinois Municipal League (IML) applauded Cullerton’s efforts.

"It's encouraging whenever the General Assembly considers legislation intended to consolidate government services and reduce areas where local services needlessly overlap," Brad Cole, Executive Director of IML said.

“We ran a tight ship for taxpayers when I was Villa Park Village President. I’m taking the lessons I learned to the state level,” Cullerton said. “My goal is to save money, reduce taxes and make sure government is working for the people. This legislation accomplishes just that.”

Senate Bill 3 passed the Senate with bipartisan support.

051915 js 0211.resizeVILLA PARK- State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is making a move to end the General Assembly retirement system.

Cullerton introduced Senate Bill 1404 which would mean the General Assembly Retirement System (GARS) would no longer accept new legislators.

“It’s important for legislators to lead by example,” Cullerton said. “Going into the Senate, I knew we had a pension problem on hand.  I opted out of the General Assembly Retirement System because I didn’t want to magnify the pension crisis.”

Cullerton is one of at least 20 active legislators who will not collect a pension from GARS.  

“I’m in Springfield to do the work of the people of the 23rd District,” Cullerton said. “I didn’t run for office for the lavish perks but to make a difference and be a strong voice for our communities.”

Last week, Cullerton voted no on Senate Bill 11, a pension reform plan that failed in the Senate.  He doesn’t support unconstitutional pension changes that would suddenly alter existing retiree plans.

“I cannot support pension reform that recants on the promises the state made to retirees,” Cullerton said. “We can’t afford to tax away seniors’ opportunities to live independently.”

Senate Bill 1404 is awaiting a hearing in the Senate.

ItascaTCTHVILLA PARK- State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is standing up for DuPage County retirees.

Cullerton introduced Senate Resolution 113 that would prohibit taxing retirement income.  

“Our seniors have made life choices based on a promise made by the state,” Cullerton said. “It is ridiculous for the state to recant on this contract. Illinois’ retirees cannot afford to suddenly be taxed by the state.”

Proposals have been floated around by Chicago nonprofits to change the Illinois income tax code to include taxing retirees’ income. Cullerton is strongly opposed to any plan that would tax senior citizens.

The average Illinois retiree receives an annual pension of just $32,000 a year and many receive much less.

“We can’t afford to tax away seniors’ opportunities to live independently,” said Cullerton.

Cullerton recently launched a petition  to combat any legislation to tax senior citizens’ retirement income. Click here to sign the petition.

In a 2016 Nielsen survey conducted of Illinoisans over 50, three-fifths say they would leave the state if such a tax were approved.

“As we try to keep our residents in state and increase opportunities, why would we enact policies that would chase seniors out of Illinois,” Cullerton said.  “Taxing seniors’ retirement income isn’t going to solve our budget deficit.”

052014 js 1043resizeVILLA PARK- DuPage County will now be able to honor a series of voter referendums from the November 2016 election.

Villa Park Democrat State Senator Tom Cullerton’s law to correct a mistake made by the DuPage County Election Commission last fall was signed into law today.

“The referendums passed with overwhelming support,” Cullerton said. “This is a small step to guarantee the will of the people is the law of the land.”

State law currently requires notice to be published no more than 30 days and not less than 10 days before an election. However, the notice was published in the local papers 33 days in advance due to a clerical error made by the election commission.

“This is a one-time deal to avoid costly litigation,” Cullerton said. “Voters voiced their opinions in good faith, now it is time to abide by their wishes.”

This law is a one-time correction that only applies to DuPage County for the November 2016 elections.

Senate Bill 3319 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support.

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