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Tom Cullerton’s new law cuts red tape for veterans’ ID cards

flag on camoVILLA PARK —A new law championed by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) will make it easier for veterans to obtain an official veteran designation on their state identification cards.

Cullerton’s House Bill 4332 was signed into law Sunday, allowing an identification card issued under the federal Veterans Identification Card Act of 2015 to be used as verification for a veteran’s designation on a state ID or license.

“This commonsense law will streamline the process for Illinois’ veterans,” Cullerton said. “Our veterans have already jumped through hoops and filled out various forms to receive a federal designation – they should not have to complete a redundant process to receive state approval.”

Cullerton served as an infantryman in the Army from 1990 to 1993. He continues to use his military experience to champion commonsense legislation to help military veterans, personnel and their families.

“Our returning heroes should not have to go through additional red tape when they return home,” Cullerton said. “It is our duty to ease their transition back to civilian life by utilizing practical procedures.”

This measure is supported by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation.

House Bill 4332 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support. It goes into effect on January 1, 2019.

Cullerton cuts off lawmakers’ sexual harassment ‘hush money’ funds

tc 053018VILLA PARK – Taxpayer dollars will be off limits for the purchase of silence regarding allegations of sexual harassment thanks to a new law championed by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park).

Cullerton’s House Bill 4243 was signed into law on Friday.

“We shouldn’t need a law to state the obvious: Taxpayer dollars shouldn’t be used as hush money,” Cullerton said. “But clearly some disgraced elected officials believe they are entitled to public funds to cover up inappropriate behavior. Now it is crystal clear under law that there is zero tolerance for sexual harassment in Illinois, particularly when it’s funded by the taxpayers.” 

House Bill 4243 is a response to recent news that members of Congress and officials from other states have used public funds to pay settlements to former employees in response to allegations of sexual harassment.

In Pennsylvania, newspapers reported that at least $3.2 million in taxpayer funds over the last eight years has been used to resolve more than two dozen sexual harassment complaints against government and public employees.

“This money belongs to the taxpayers, not in an elected official’s piggy bank,” Cullerton said. “This bill solidifies that we will not and cannot support a culture that subsidizes immoral behavior.” 

The new law was a bipartisan effort sponsored by State Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) in the House and it will take effect immediately.

Tom Cullerton passes law to protect Illinois’ drinking water

lead water 080618VILLA PARK — State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) passed legislation this session to ensure the safety of the lead content in Illinois drinking water.

Children under the age of six are most vulnerable to harm from lead in their drinking water because of their developing brains, and infants who rely on drinking water to mix formula are among the most exposed.

Cullerton sponsored Senate Bill 2996, which updates the definition of "elevated blood lead level" to match with the definition from the federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The bill was signed into law on Friday.

“It’s our duty to protect our drinking water for the sake of our children and generations to come,” Cullerton said. “We need to ensure every necessary precaution to keep our children safe.”

The new law requires state regulators to adopt the most recent childhood blood lead level reference value from the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in determining what is an “elevated” level of lead in the bloodstream, as well as the current requirements for the inspection of regulated facilities occupied by children based on that updated definition.

It also updates any other existing rules that will assist the Department of Public Health in its efforts to prevent the dangerous health effects of lead poisoning among children.

Senate Bill 2996 passed the Senate and House with unanimous support and will take effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

Tom Cullerton’s measure to save police dogs becomes law

policedog 080618VILLA PARK – A new Illinois law will provide greater safety for police dogs thanks to State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park).

Cullerton sponsored House Bill 1671, known as the Police Dog Service Protection Act, to add several statutory protections for police dogs. It was signed into law Friday.

“Taking care of our police dogs is a sign of humanity and an investment in our public safety needs.” Cullerton said. “This new law will institute precautions to keep these valuable assets to our police force safe.”

Sen. Tom Cullerton

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23rd Legislative District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Labor; Local Government (Vice-Chairperson); State Government & Veterans Affairs; Transportation; Committee of the Whole; Energy and Public Utilities.

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