Tom Cullerton, Illinois Municipal League and Illinois Policy Institute work together to pass key government consolidation initiative

tc govconsSPRINGFIELD- To share the success seen in DuPage County, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) will advance House Bill 4501, which will spread the success of DuPage County’s government consolidation model statewide.

“It’s important that we continue to explore different ways to make sure government is working for the citizens of Illinois,” Cullerton said. “Government needs to evolve with the needs of the people. This is one small step we can take to make government more efficient and effective.”

Representative Sam Yingling (D-Grayslake) passed House Bill 4501 in the House with bipartisan support.

“I’m incredibly pleased that we are making meaningful progress on this bipartisan effort to eliminate unnecessary layers of government in Illinois,” Yingling said. “This common sense approach to reducing expenses and consolidating services will provide relief to Illinois homeowners who are increasingly being taxed out of their homes.”

HB 4501 allows counties to dissolve certain units of local government through a voter referendum. Counties may only dissolve local governments with governing boards appointed by the county.

Illinois Municipal League Executive Director Brad Cole and Illinois Policy Institute Government Affairs Staff Attorney Heather Weiner stood with Cullerton and Yingling in support of House Bill 4501.

Cullerton passed Senate Bill 494 in 2013 which created the DuPage County government consolidation model used in House Bill 4501. This initiative will move the state one step closer in identifying and removing unnecessary government entities.

"There’s been a great deal of talk over the past several years about streamlining local governments to create efficiencies,” Cole said. “We certainly need to identify and eliminate service redundancies at the local level and pass the cost savings on to local taxpayers. HB 4501 moves us in the right direction."

Through this model, DuPage County is projected to save taxpayers more than $100 million over the next 20 years. The savings allow for lower property tax rates and provide residents with necessary services.

“This is why Illinois Policy is so enthusiastic about House Bill 4501 and expanding the consolidation powers of DuPage County to all counties in the state,” Weiner said. “This should be a noncontroversial step toward making government more efficient, controlling property taxes, and stopping the exodus of Illinoisans who can no longer afford to live here.”

House Bill 4501 is scheduled to be heard in the Senate’s Committee on Local Government at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11.

Tom Cullerton passes measure to keep retired police dogs with officers

TCpolicedogSPRINGFIELD – Working to keep retired police dogs with their handlers, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D–Villa Park) passed Senate Bill 3129, which creates the Police Dog Retirement Act.

“As a dog owner myself, I recognize there is a special connection formed between an officer and their dog,” Cullerton said. “This is common sense legislation. There is a special bond between an officer and police dogs. It’s important that we honor this relationship.”

Senate Bill 3129 requires a retiring police dog to be offered to the primary handler of the dog. If the officer doesn’t wish to keep the dog it can be offered to another officer or employee, a nonprofit organization or a no-kill animal shelter.

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.

Cullerton: We need to invest in essential industries

TC farmbureauIllinois' 74,300 farms cover nearly 27 million acres -- about 75 percent of the state's total land area.

To better understand agribusiness in Illinois, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is an active participant in the Illinois Farm Bureau’s Adopt-A-Legislator program.

“Agribusiness is vital to our economy,” Cullerton said. “The investments we make into agriculture not only help grow our economy but also puts food on our tables.”

The Illinois Farm Bureau Adopt-A-Legislator Program was created in 2001 to build long-term relationships between urban state legislators and farmers throughout the state. The goal of the program is to create a cultural connection between urban legislators and farm bureau members.

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