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Tom Cullerton: Technology upgrades are key to government efficiency

tc catsdogsVILLA PARK- To streamline the state’s information technology functions the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT), a new state agency, was created today.

“To increase government efficiency we need to make major investments in our state’s technology systems,” State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) said. “Today’s technologies provide an excellent opportunity to increase government efficiency, eliminate redundancies, provide cost-savings to taxpayers, and simplify residents’ interactions with government.”

DoIT will spearhead Illinois’ efforts to modernization. All technology decisions will be centralized and put under the umbrella of this new agency.

Cullerton said Illinois has the talent and innovation to create a world-class government technology model.

Hardik Bhatt, Illinois’s chief information officer, will lead the new state agency.

“We need to be more strategic with our technology investments to ensure we are getting the biggest return for our investments,” Cullerton said.  “This agency is a step in the right direction. I look forward to working with Hardik Bhatt and his agency to make sure government is working for the people of Illinois.”

Lightford responds to Cullerton's school funding reform speech

lightford cps 012016CHICAGO—Senate Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood) issued the following statement in strong support of Senate President John Cullerton’s speech detailing the necessity for need-based school funding reform Monday at the City Club of Chicago.

“Just as President Cullerton expressed so eloquently today, we must continue to shed light on one of the grossest injustices setting back Illinois today – the iniquities of our school funding system. Working together is the only way we turn our education system’s regression into progression. It’s the only way we turn systemic disadvantage into education equity. If we don’t act now in the interest of our children’s futures, it will be too late for another generation, and this, we cannot afford.” Sen. Lightford said.

Harris: Education funding reform is a priority

harris mr 110115Senate President John Cullerton addressed the Chicago City Club today. Cullerton’s speech focused on education funding reform as a priority for legislature. State Senator Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey) reacted to the speech with the following:

“Affording children a quality education has been one of my priorities since becoming a state senator. I applaud President Cullerton for focusing on the issue in his City Club speech today. I’m currently working with Senator Andy Manar to produce legislation that would secure a fair, adequate and well-funded education for all children,” State Senator Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey) said. “Our education funding formula doesn’t work, and it’s hurting the poorest kids in our state. We can’t continue to ignore this issue. Our state’s future is at stake.”

Manar response to senate president’s school funding reform speech

manar detectorsCHICAGO—State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) issued the following statement in support of Senate President John Cullerton’s speech detailing the necessity for need-based school funding reform Monday at the City Club of Chicago.

"Solving our school funding crisis isn't just a downstate problem or a Chicago problem or a suburban problem. The rampant inequity in our public schools affects every community in Illinois.

“I appreciate Senate President Cullerton’s strong call today for a statewide solution to this statewide challenge. The time has come for Governor Rauner and the General Assembly to take decisive action to end the least equitable system in America," Manar said.

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