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Senate President: Illinois gets it right on cannabis legalization

jjc 052919SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate voted 38-17 on Wednesday to approve a comprehensive plan to legalize and regulate adult-use cannabis. The proposal now goes to the Illinois House for final approval. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton supported the proposal and issued the following statement.

“Five years of work have gone into creating arguably the most comprehensive adult-use cannabis legislation anywhere in the country. I commend the sponsors for their diligent work to address social and economic justice issues, include strong public safeguards and their efforts to reach across the aisle to build bipartisan support.

All across the nation states are moving to address this issue. With this Senate vote, I am confident Illinois has found the right way.”

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.

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