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Collins: “I am outraged” at planned closures of Englewood schools

Published: Monday, December 04, 2017 10:53 AM

collins 022817CHICAGO – State Senator Jacqueline Collins responded to news last week that all four of the high schools in the Englewood neighborhood are slated for closure with the following statement:

“On behalf of the families and students of the 16th District, I am outraged that all four Englewood high schools are slated to be closed. The crisis confronting this community and these schools, Hope, Robeson, Harper and Team Englewood, is the result of the decades-long disinvestment in neighborhood schools and the proliferation of charter schools across the South and West Sides of the city.

“When you systematically and callously undermine the foundation of public education, you close the door of opportunity for many of our most vulnerable and poor students. Now, our children, through no fault of their own, will unfairly face difficulties in safety and transportation that may prove insurmountable.”

Tom Cullerton urges residents to buy safe toys

Published: Monday, December 04, 2017 09:33 AM

toy safetyVILLA PARK- As we kick off the holiday season, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) would like to remind DuPage County residents to reference resources available to make sure gifts purchased for children are safe.

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office releasing their Safe Shopping Guide to provide Illinois residents on information about dangerous toys and children’s products that have been recalled this year.

Cullerton urges residents to take advantage of the free guide.

“The holidays are a special time for our families, neighbors and friends,” Cullerton said. “We want to make sure the children in our lives get everything on their wish list but I urge area residents to take a second to make sure the gifts are safe for the children who will play with them.”

The safety guide for holiday gifts can be found at: http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/2017_Safe_Shopping_Guide.pdf.

“This guide serves as a great reference to give parents and loved ones piece of mind that the presents they are giving the children in their lives are safe,” Cullerton said.

Cullerton has also posted the guide on his website www.SenatorTomCullerton.com for quick reference.

Tom Cullerton urges veterans, service persons to take advantage of free statewide legal hotline

Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 02:59 PM

tc 052617VILLA PARK- To better serve Illinois heroes, the state has formed the first-ever statewide legal assistance hotline and coordinated network of legal support services for military personnel, veterans and their families.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is helping spread the word about the Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network (IL-AFLAN) to ensure DuPage County residents take advantage of free legal services.

Memorial for fallen military personnel dedicated at Capitol

Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 12:23 PM

koehler xmastreeSPRINGFIELD – A memorial remembering fallen soldiers and their families was dedicated at the Illinois State Capitol this week. The memorial is sponsored by America’s Gold Star Families, an organization that helps the families of fallen servicemen and women.

The Tree of Honor, located just east of the rotunda, is decorated with ornaments bearing the names and pictures of members of the military from every branch who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) spoke at the dedication, stressing the need to never forget the sacrifices our military families make.

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