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Tom Cullerton: “The governor is clearly lying to the people of Illinois”

tcullerton 022118VILLA PARK- Recent payroll shows only 44 of the Gov. Bruce Rauner’s staff are actually paid from the governor’s budget while 58 people are hidden in other agency payrolls.

To promote transparent and open government, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is advancing legislation to prevent shady payroll practices in the governor’s office.

“Once again, Gov. Rauner is hiding the truth from the people of Illinois,” Cullerton said. “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 takes charge as governor continues to lag on Legionella remedies (VIDEO)

vets presser 031318SPRINGFIELD – Three years after the initial outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease at the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy, residents of that facility and others like it are still waiting for Gov. Bruce Rauner to be proactive in detecting and removing Legionella bacteria from state-run facilities.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) has taken charge in the governor’s absence, advancing bipartisan legislative measures this week to improve water management and notification requirements at state facilities.

Lawmakers still waiting for Rauner’s plan to address Quincy problem as “crisis” continues

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CHICAGO -- State lawmakers, veterans and their families are still waiting for action nearly two months after Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration was asked to come up with a construction plan to remedy a public health crisis at a state-run veterans home in Quincy.

In the meantime, Legionnaires’ disease infections have continued and media reports have raised numerous questions regarding the Rauner administration’s priorities and focus.

Tom Cullerton advances measure to speed up government consolidation process

tcullerton 022118SPRINGFIELD- Currently, it takes over two and a half years for some Illinois counties to consolidate local government entities. This may soon change thanks to Villa Park Democratic Senator Tom Cullerton.

Cullerton’s measure, Senate Bill 2544, will speed up the consolidation process by decreasing the waiting period after the first county audit is performed.

“Consolidating government the right way will help lower property taxes for DuPage County residents,” Cullerton said. “Speeding up the process will help residents experience government savings sooner rather than later.”

In 2013, Cullerton worked with DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin to implement an effective government consolidation model to eliminate redundant forms of government. Last year, Cullerton continued to advance his mission of making sure government is working in tune with the needs of Illinois’ residents.

“Outdated and redundant units of government are a disservice to the public,” Cullerton said. “This commonsense measure will ensure government works more efficiently and effectively to serve the citizens of Illinois.”

When the original DuPage pilot program was created in 2013, Cullerton agreed to a number of provisions, including a 150-day waiting period after the first audit was performed. Senate Bill 2544 reduces that waiting period from 150 to 60 days to speed up the process and help counties receive results more promptly.

“DuPage County is proof government consolidating works,” Cullerton said. “Saving vital taxpayer money while working toward effective government is a win for everyone involved.”

Senate Bill 2544 passed the Senate’s Committee on Government Reform with bipartisan support and now moves to the full Senate for consideration. 

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.