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Tom Cullerton’s Equifax measure is now law

04262018CM0104RVILLA PARK – On Sept. 7, 2017, Equifax announced that a security breach compromised the personal information of 143 million U.S. residents, including more than 5.4 million Illinois residents.

There will now be protections against the consequences of such breaches thanks to a measure championed by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park), which will allow consumers to protect themselves in a cost-effective and timely manner.

“This new law will ensure people are not penalized for making responsible financial decisions,” Cullerton said. “Every day Illinois residents use online services that require them to share personal information. This makes all of us susceptible to security breaches similar to the 2017 Equifax breach. When misfortune strikes, it’s vital that the State of Illinois ensure DuPage County residents have the tools available to protect themselves.”

Tom Cullerton supported measure to reform legislative ethics process signed into law

Sen. Tom CullertonVILLA PARK- There will now be stronger protections in place to investigate ethics complains in the state capital, thanks to a new measure supported by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park).

House Bill 138 makes important changes to the Legislative Ethics Commission and Office of the Legislative Inspector General such as allowing the Legislative Inspector General to investigate claims independently, without first getting approval from the Legislative Ethics Commission. Among other changes, the measure also mandates better defined and transparent reporting of complaints at the Commission and before the Inspector General.

"We should have zero tolerance for sexual harassment,” Cullerton said. “Survivors of sexual harassment and assault rely on extreme levels of bravery and courage in order to come forward. It’s our job to ensure that their complaint is being reviewed in a timely, transparent and orderly manner.”

Tom Cullerton passes measure to increase budget transparency

tc 053018SPRINGFIELD  –  Gov. Bruce Rauner will soon have an opportunity to sign legislation that mandates transparency from his own office and from future governors in their budget proposals

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) passed House Bill 5814, which forces the governor’s office to record late interest payments as a separate line item in its appropriations to state agencies. This paints a clearer picture of the state’s funds and slows the depletion of funding needed to run those agencies.

Tom Cullerton measure stops punishment of officers for seeking mental health care

tc 052918SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is working to advance legislation that would prevent the penalization of police officers for seeking mental health services.

Cullerton’s House Bill 5231 would clear the way for officers to remain employed if they have been a patient in a mental health facility but not been determined to pose a clear and present danger to themselves or others. It would do so by removing a FOID card as a condition for employment.

“We want officers who have endured traumatic experiences to seek medical assistance without fear of losing their jobs,” Cullerton said.

Although the legislation protects officers that seek mental health services, it does not prohibit an employer from determining an officer's fitness to serve.

“Our law enforcement officers keep us safe. In doing so, they experience disturbing situations that may warrant their use of mental health services. This makes them human,” Cullerton said. “We are all safer if we make sure these officers have access to the proper mental health services to deal with the traumas they routinely face.”

The measure is an initiative of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council, which said requiring a FOID card for law enforcement officers – many of whom are active service members and veterans of the armed forces – creates an unnecessary obstacle to receiving mental health treatment.

According to a study by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 22 veterans commit suicide every day in the U.S. Cullerton, Chairman of the Illinois Senate Veterans Affairs Committee who served as an infantryman in the Army from 1990 to 1993, continues to work toward eliminating the veteran suicide epidemic in Illinois.

“Our veterans have taken care of us. Now it is our time to take care of them,” Cullerton said. “We should remove all obstacles to mental health treatment for our military veterans and public safety personnel.”

House Bill 5231 passed the Senate with bipartisan support.  

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