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Tom Cullerton advances measure to prevent drug-related deaths

tcull-narcanSPRINGFIELD- Two years ago, in Bartlett, Johnny Dudek’s grandmother found him unresponsive in his bedroom. Dudek overdosed during a deadly month in DuPage County in which 11 deaths were caused by lethal heroin overdoses.

In 2013, there were 46 deaths attributed to heroin overdoses in DuPage County alone.  

To prevent tragic deaths like Dudek’s, DuPage County introduced the first county-wide application of Narcan in the state. Since 2014, 44 lives were saved by the use of Narcan, a lifesaving drug that reverses the deadly effects of drug overdoses.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is hoping to advance the success of this county-wide program by co-sponsoring Senate Bill 10, which would require state and local police officers, as well as fire protection personnel and firefighters, to be trained in administrating Narcan.

“Drug overdoses can happen to people in their 20s and their 60s. We have a way to save lives. It’s our duty to empower our first responders with the ability to prevent drug related deaths,” said Cullerton.   

Narcan reverses the effects of overdose for heroin, cocaine, Vicodin, OxyContin and morphine. The drug can be administered either by injection or nasal spray.

Throughout the nation, fatal drug overdoses have increased six-fold over three decades, claiming 36,000 Americans every year.

“Along with educating our young people we need to put protections in place to help them when they make bad decisions, said Cullerton. “We need to do whatever we can to save lives.”

SB 10 passed out of the Senate’s Committee on Public Health and will now move to the full Senate for consideration.

Tom Cullerton launches campaign to urge Federal government to study noise impacts at O’Hare

tcOHareNoiseButton 2VILLA PARK- State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is circulating a petition to urge the Federal Government to issue a study to examine the environmental and human health impacts caused by O’Hare International Airport.

“There is undeniably a negative impact on the quality of life for the residents of my district and as well as surrounding communities. Federal agencies need to conduct a study to emphasis the connection between the air traffic noise and the environmental and human impact,” said Cullerton. “This is an ongoing problem that needs to be resolved. The fact residents have had to suffer through these disturbances for so long is unacceptable.”

Cullerton has introduced Senate Resolution 139 urging the Federal Aviation Administration and the United State Environmental Protection Agency to commission a study. Planes taking off from O’Hare during early mornings and late evenings cause disturbances to residents in DuPage and Cook counties.  

“As state officials, my colleagues and I have attempted to resolve this issue. However, we are at the point where we need federal assistance to find a solution to restore the quality of life for our communities,” said Cullerton.

There are multiple resources to report noise complaints on Cullerton’s website SenatorTomCullerton.com.

Cullerton has been working on this issue with Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth and intends to present copies of the petition to U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk.

On April 1, Senator Cullerton will be at Dino’s Café from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. with the O’Hare noise petition. The stop is part of this Capitol on Your Corner tour. Please visit his website for a complete list of tour spots.

If you are unable to make it to one of the events, the petition is available online at SenatorTomCullerton.com.

Tom Cullerton named vice-chairman of Local Government Committee

tcull-LGDFState Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) will serve as vice-chairman of the Illinois Senate’s Local Government Committee.

“Our units of local government are expected to provide services ranging from police and fire keeping us safe to fixing potholes and keeping streets clear in the winter.  I understand the tough balance between providing basic services, meeting standards and balancing budgets,” said Cullerton. “I’m excited to use my background as the former Village President of Villa Park to tackle issues that directly affect municipalities.”

Last week, Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget included a 50 percent cut to state funding to cities and villages.

“The governor’s proposal to slash local government funds means cuts in services to our communities and increases in property taxes as our local mayors attempt to provide needed services to residents,” said Cullerton.  “I expect his proposed cuts will raise interesting debates and obstacles as local officials anticipate devastating cuts to funding.”  

Cullerton will also serve on the Appropriations II, Labor, State Government & Veterans Affairs, Transportation, Energy and Public Utilities Committees.

Tom Cullerton law speeds up state payments to cities, counties

tcull-LGDFA recently signed law gives units of local government more certainty about when they will receive payments from the state.

State Senator Tom Cullerton sponsored the legislation that would speed up transfers from the state to the Local Government Distributive Fund, which helps bankroll city and county operations.

“From my time as a village president, I know the unique challenges facing local government and it’s been a priority of mine to improve how the state treats its cities and counties. Governments can plan and provide improved services if they know when this money is coming,” Cullerton said.

The new law, House Bill 961, requires the state comptroller to transfer money destined for the LGDF into the fund no more than 60 days after the state treasurer certifies the amount to be moved.

Streamlining the LGDF payment process has been a priority for the Illinois Municipal League and  the DuPage Mayors and Managers for many years.

Local units of government collectively receive 6 percent of individual income tax and 6.86 percent of corporate income tax collected by the state annually.

The law took effect immediately.

Sen. Tom Cullerton

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23rd Legislative District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Energy and Public Utilities; Insurance; Labor (Chairperson); State Government; Transportation; Veterans Affairs (Vice-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