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Senate welcomes Consul General of Australia in Chicago

consul gen 050819On Wednesday, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton welcomed David Bushby, Consul General of Australia in Chicago, to the Senate. The Consulate General of China serves the Midwest Region of the United States: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana and Iowa.

Prior to being named Consul General, Mr. Bushby served for 12 years in Australia’s Parliament, representing Tasmania in the Senate. He was party whip for 10 years and chief government ship in the Senate for four years.

Health advocates join President Cullerton in supporting increase to tobacco tax

jjc 050719Health advocates from across the state joined Senate President John Cullerton in Springfield to announce support for an increase in the state tax on tobacco products.

“It’s rare that you can sponsor legislation and know that it will save lives. That’s exactly what this will do,” President Cullerton said. “It will stop children from starting to smoke and cause many adult smokers to quit, sparing them from a lifetime of addiction and associated health problems. That’s why the public supports it.”

President Cullerton’s proposal would raise Illinois’ cigarette tax by $1 per pack and raise taxes on other tobacco products – including cigars and smokeless tobacco – to 64 percent of the wholesale price.

Senate welcomes Consul General of China in Chicago

Zhao Jian, Consul General of China in ChicagoOn Wednesday, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton welcomed Zhao Jian, Consul General of China in Chicago, to the Senate. The Consulate General of China serves the Midwest Region of the United States: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana and Iowa.

Prior to being named Consul General, Mr. Jian worked for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more than 20 years. Prior to accepting his current position this year, he served as Consul General of China in Melbourne, Australia. In addition to trade and economic issues, the consulate's serves Visa and passport, education, science and technology, and cultural needs in the region.

Steps toward stability: Illinois Senate leads way on Fair Tax overhaul

jjc 050119SPRINGFIELD — On Wednesday, the Illinois Senate approved a series of proposals designed to overhaul an outdated tax system and bring newfound stability to the state’s economy.

Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton issued the following statement:

“Year after year our state has gone from one crisis to the next. At the heart of it all is a nearly 50-year-old provision in our constitution that simply no longer reflects our modern economy. Today, we took an overdue first step toward giving voters the power to change it.”

Sen. President Cullerton

6th Senate District
President of the Senate
 

Years served: 1979 - 1991 (House); 1991 - Present (Senate)

Committee assignments: Committee of the Whole; Executive.

Biography: Attorney; born Oct. 28, 1948, in Chicago; B.A., political science, Loyola University; J.D., Loyola University Law School; served in Illinois National Guard, 1970-76; former Assistant Public Defender and instructor at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy; married (wife, Pamela), has five children.

Associated Representatives:
Sara Feigenholtz
Ann M. Williams