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Tom Cullerton’s measure to combat veterans’ suicide epidemic signed into law

Sen. Tom CullertonVILLA PARK- Illinois veterans may soon have another outlet for therapy, thanks to Villa Park Democrat, Tom Cullerton.

This is Cullerton’s first initiative from the Veterans Suicide Taskforce that signed into law today.

“Our veterans are our community’s heroes. Illinois’ military members and veterans put their life on the line every day, now is the time for us to take care of them,” Cullerton said. “Every life we save is priceless.”

Cullerton’s Senate Bill 866 to require the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) to provide information and education on service animals to veterans is now law.

Stadelman: Governor’s amendatory veto could hurt downstate schools

Sen. Steve StadelmanSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) joined Rep. Litesa Wallace and local school superintendents and activists at a press conference in Loves Park on Friday.

Stadelman said Gov. Rauner’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1 includes provisions that could take away funding from downstate and suburban schools. The governor’s amendatory veto counts TIF districts in a school district’s equalized assessed value and ties funding to enrollment.

The Senate will return to Springfield on Sunday to take action on the governor’s amendatory veto. Although negotiations are ongoing, Stadelman said he feels confident the Senate can override the veto if necessary.

Manar, Hoffman, Greenwood, Local Superintendents Speak Out Against Rauner’s Veto of School Funding Reform

Sen. Andy ManarBELLEVILLE – State Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, and state Reps. Jay Hoffman, D-Belleville and LaToya Greenwood, D-East St. Louis, joined local school superintendents and community leaders to discuss the devastating consequences that the governor’s veto of education funding reform would have on schools in the Metro-East.

“The governor’s amendatory veto doubles-down on the inequitable, unfair funding formula that has shortchanged downstate schools for years,” Hoffman said. “Under the governor’s proposal the wealthiest communities in the state continue to game the system while districts downstate lose even more resources. Senate Bill 1 fixes our broken system and provides $18 million in additional funds to Metro-East schools.”

Morrison tours Wheeling manufacturing facilities

Senator Julie Morrison tours Wieland Metals in WheelingSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Julie Morrison (D – Deerfield) joined Wheeling Village President Patrick Horcher earlier this week in touring three Wheeling manufacturing facilities.

“Manufacturing is a major industry in the area, with hundreds of local residents working in the field,” Morrison said. “As a state legislator, I believe it’s important to talk to local employers and make sure the state is doing everything possible to attract and retain good businesses like these.”