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DuPage County schools may see a $27.5 million increase in plan supported by Tom Cullerton

TC dupage 041416VILLA PARK- DuPage County schools may see an increase in education funding for the fourth year in a row thanks to State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park).

Cullerton is working on a plan to increase education funding and to allow DuPage County schools to open on time this fall.

“We have continued to increase education funding every year since I have been in the state senate,” Cullerton said. “As the father of three young boys, I understand what DuPage County parents are looking for.”

All of the schools in Cullerton’s district will see a major increase in funding.

“The only way to lower suburban property taxes is if we start funding schools properly,” Cullerton said.

Under this plan, Addison School District would see a $2.6 million increase and Villa Park School District 45 would receive an additional $939,825 in funding. 

Cullerton did not support the Illinois Senate Democrats’ earlier plan, Senate Bill 231, which would pick winners and losers in schools across his district. He believes the legislature shouldn’t be in the business of taking money away from one school at the expense of another. 

“I refuse to support a plan that would advance one school, at the expense of another,” Cullerton said. “It’s important to give all students an opportunity to succeed.”

The Senate will convene on Wednesday at noon to take action on pending budget measures.

Tom Cullerton honored by Illinois Fire Fighters

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) posed for a quick picture with fire fighters from the Lombard Fire Fighters Union IAFF Local 3009 after receiving the Association of Fire Fighters of Illinois’ 2016 Legislative Award for his advocacy work on behalf of DuPage County fire fighters.BLOOMINGDALE - State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) was honored on Thursday, June 9 at the 41st Biennial Convention for the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois for his advocacy and work on behalf of DuPage County fire protection services.

“I’m humbled to be awarded this honor by this group of hard-working fire protection professionals. Fire fighters risk their lives every day to protect our homes and families,” Cullerton said. “We are lucky to have such hard-working firefighters in our communities. They are focused on saving lives and looking for new opportunities to address our public safety needs.”

This year the Bloomingdale Fire Fighters Local 3272 hosted the 2016 Associated Fire Fighter of Illinois convention.

Tom Cullerton and task force members to continue open hearings on Veterans’ Suicide Prevention

053016CM0641RVILLA PARK - According to a recent U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs study, 22 veterans commit suicide every day in this country.

To stop this alarming trend, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) and the Task Force on Veterans’ Suicide will hear from veterans, health care professionals and community groups to investigate the causes to and prevention of suicides among returning Illinois veterans.

“Every life we save will have an everlasting impact on families across our community and nation,” Cullerton said. “Our mission is clear: we need to reduce all statistics to zero suicides.”

Tom Cullerton passes measure to ease the burden on families

tc 053016SPRINGFIELD- Currently, there are 19,808 Illinois residents on the waitlist for development disability services.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) passed a measure that would take the time spent on the waiting list in addition to other factors when selecting which individuals will receive services.

“Any time we can pass legislation to help our developmental-disabled population, it makes us a stronger and better state,” Cullerton said.

House Bill 6086 is an initiative of Autism Speaks. The organization came to Cullerton because they believed it is difficult for families who have spent a significant amount of time on the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) waiting list to receive developmental disability services for their family members.

“With the passage of House Bill 6086, I hope it will be the first step of many to improve the chances of people with autism and other developmental disabilities, of being chosen for services in the future, from the states PUNS waiting list,” Mike Baker, Volunteer State Advocacy Chair from Autism Speaks.

PUNS is a statewide database with information about individuals with developmental disabilities who are potentially in need of services. The database does not function as a first-come, first-served service; the enrollments are categorized by need, and families with immediate needs are served first.

House Bill 6086 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support and now moves to the governor’s desk for his consideration.

Sen. Tom Cullerton

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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