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Tom Cullerton ends governor’s shady payroll practices

tc 052418VILLA PARK – Siphoning funds from state agencies to pay the governor’s staff is no longer legal, thanks to a new law championed by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park).

Cullerton pushed for House Bill 5121 after recent payroll reports had shown only 44 of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s staff are actually paid from the governor’s budget while 58 people are hidden in other agency payrolls.

“It is absolutely outrageous that the governor of Illinois is utilizing irresponsible and inaccurate accounting practices to abuse the trust of DuPage County taxpayers,” Cullerton said. “This will stop now.”

The legislation prohibits the governor's office from using other agency appropriations to pay for governor's office employees for the current administration and all going forward.

Prior to this law, Rauner was allowed to record the governor’s office’s official budget at only $4.9 million, but it was actually closer to $10 million when counting employees that work in his office but are paid by other agencies.

“Off-shoring employees’ salaries onto the budgets of vital state agencies that take care of our children, seniors and veterans is a blatant misuse of power,” Cullerton said. “This new law will promote an open and honest system where the hard-earned tax dollars of DuPage County families are spent wisely and responsibly.”

House Bill 5121 will close the inter-agency agreement loophole that exempts the agency whose appropriation is being used from having to certify the individual has performed work for that agency.

“The people of Illinois deserve to know how their valuable tax dollars are being spent,” Cullerton said.

House Bill 5121 goes into effect immediately.

Cullerton sponsored life-saving legislation becomes law

tc 042618 2ELMHURST – Health care professionals will have another tool to battle life-threatening allergies thanks to a new law sponsored by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park).  

The life-saving measure, Senate Bill 2226, was signed into law Tuesday.

The law expands the use of EpiPens to physicians, physician's assistants or advanced practice registered nurses who have prescription authority by taking away liability in civil or professional suits.

Cullerton’s measure to protect high-risk veterans becomes law

Sen. Tom CullertonNew law will create alert system for missing veterans

VILLA PARK – A new law to alert police and emergency professionals of missing veterans will take effect Jan. 1, thanks to State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park).

Cullerton’s House Bill 4212 expands the use of the Endangered Missing Person Advisory system known as the Silver Alert to veterans who are believed to have physical or mental conditions related to their service. It was signed into law on Friday.

Per the new law, the public would be notified when a high-risk veteran goes missing. The alert would be similar to Amber Alerts, which are already used by the state to locate missing children.

“Our veterans have put their lives in harm’s way to protect us. When our heroes return home, we need to find ways to look out for them,” Cullerton said. “This new law will help us save lives.”

The effort is the latest in a long line of veteran protections put in place by Cullerton.

Tom Cullerton law will save DuPage County taxpayers money

tc 072318VILLA PARK – A new law championed by Villa Park Democrat Tom Cullerton will help make DuPage County government more efficient and no bigger than necessary.

According to DuPage County, Cullerton’s new law will help create at least $300,000 in annual taxpayer savings by allowing the county to merge its county board of election commissioners with the county clerk’s office.

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.