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Tom Cullerton reacts to Breuder firing

tcull narcanVILLA PARK- State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) released a statement in response to the College of DuPage trustees’ vote to fire President Robert Breuder:

“Given what we've learned, trustees should have pursued this from the beginning. They could have spared this community, this institution, taxpayers and students a lot of embarrassment. But since we don’t have a time machine, I suppose it’s better late than never.”

Senator Cullerton helping suburban job seekers find work

tc jobfairVILLA PARK - Walter Conrad showed up to the Odeum Expo Center on Wednesday looking for a job. By the time he left, he had three interviews lined up, including one on Thursday.
 
“This was helpful,” said Conrad, one of hundreds who attended the job fair sponsored by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park). “I met with a wide range of employers and even had an on-site interview.”
 
Job seekers from across the suburbs flocked to Cullerton’s annual job fair, which this year featured more than 100 businesses ranging from the DuPage County Health Department to Google Streetview’s 360 Photo Team.
 
“Events like this are essential to link interested businesses with qualified candidates,” Cullerton said. “Let’s put people back to work. Our economy is growing. We have Illinois businesses ready to hire.”
 
Cullerton encourages residents unable to attend this event to reach out to his Villa Park office at (630) 903-6662 to take advantage of a variety of resources.

Tom Cullerton works to end violence against women

TC rapeculture picVILLA PARK- To continue to look for ways to make our communities safe, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) hosted a community women’s empowerment summit.

Cullerton partnered with community organizations, medical experts, local law enforcement agencies, as well as State Representative Deb Conroy and State Representative Kathleen Willis and the Attorney General’s office to host a comprehensive discussion on how the community can work together to combat sexual assault on campus and at home.

“Community dialogue is essential to ending violence against women,” said Cullerton. “Our goal was to work together to ensure students and residents are aware of available resources and give them the opportunity to voice their concerns and share input on how we can work together to address this serious issue.”

To combat campus sexual violence, House Bill 821, sponsored by Cullerton this year, provides a roadmap to existing federal requirements and sets standards to prevent and respond to sexual violence.

“Our top priority is to end campus assault. However, if an attack occurs, there needs to be clear and concise standards to give victims a comprehensive path to report crimes and be notified of their rights,” said Cullerton.

Cullerton looks forward to holding additional summits to work toward ending violence in our
communities.

[PHOTO CAPTION]: Senator Tom Cullerton, Rep. Deb Conroy and community leaders signed the Start by Believing Pledge, a national campaign to change the way we view rape culture.

Tom Cullerton selected to serve on Veteran Suicide Task Force

tcull vets suicideVILLA PARK- A study released this year by Federal Department of Veterans Affairs and Army researchers suggests that the suicide risk for returning veterans who served in the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is significantly higher — 41 percent to 61 percent higher — than for the general population.

To find ways to combat this epidemic, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) has been appointed to the Illinois Veteran Suicide Task Force. As a veteran himself, Cullerton has a good perspective on issues facing many returning military members.     

“Our veterans have risked their lives and made sacrifices to protect our freedoms and democracy,” said Cullerton. “When they return home, it’s our duty to find ways to look out for them.”

The Illinois Veteran Suicide Task Force was formed by a measure Cullerton led in 2014. The task force will investigate the causes of veteran suicide, form policy recommendations and report back to the General Assembly.

The Federal Department of Veterans Affairs and Army state that 10% to 18% of returning veterans are likely to have Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after they return. Some studies suggest that suicide risk is higher among those who experienced trauma due to the symptoms of PTSD.

“It’s our duty to help veterans transition back into civilian life,” Cullerton said. “Our hope is we will learn more and implement programs to treat the causes of veteran suicide. We need to arm veterans with resources to cope with their depression and PTSD.”

The taskforce must report on their findings to the General Assembly by December 31, 2016.

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