Tom Cullerton seeks to spread DuPage success throughout Illinois

TC dupage 041416SPRINGFIELD- To mirror the success seen in DuPage County, Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) has advanced a series of initiatives to streamline and remove redundancies in local government.  

“Through our bipartisan work, we have made DuPage County a leader in government consolidation,” Cullerton said. “It’s time to use the lessons we have learned and spread our success throughout the state to save valuable taxpayer dollars.”

Three initiatives advanced by Cullerton to streamline state government:

  • Government consolidation report (Senate Bill 2994): Requires all Illinois county boards to submit a report to the General Assembly recommending units of government that may be dissolved or consolidated.

    This was the first step DuPage County took in its government consolidation efforts. Through this model, the county is projected to save taxpayers more than $100 million over the next 20 years.

  • School district consolidation (Senate Bill 2324):  Will require the Illinois State Board of Education to submit a report to the General Assembly recommending school districts that can be consolidated or dissolved.  

  • Mosquito abatement (Senate Bill 2323): Dissolves mosquito abatement entities in DuPage County and transfers their duties to townships.

    Mosquito abatement entities manage mosquito populations and the economic and environmental impact they have on communities.

Cullerton acknowledges that Illinois has more than 7,000 government entities that were developed decades ago.

“It’s important that we continue to find ways to make sure government is working for the citizens of Illinois,” Cullerton said. “Government needs to evolve with the needs of the people.”

The government consolidation package passed the Senate’s Committee on Local Government with bipartisan support and now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

Sen. Tom Cullerton


23rd Legislative District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Energy and Public Utilities; Insurance; Labor; State Government; Transportation; Veterans Affairs (Chairperson); Sub. on Utility Rate Regulations (Sub-Chairperson).

Biography: Born Sept. 20, 1969; studied at the University of Kansas; former village president and trustee of Villa Park; married (wife Stacey), three sons.

Associated Representatives:
Deb Conroy
Diane Pappas