Senate President calls for law enforcement investigation of possible rape cover-up

jjc 031419Senate President John Cullerton is calling for a law enforcement investigation of a possible politically connected rape cover-up that came to light in a recent WBEZ story.

Cullerton issued the following statement:

“I urge law enforcement to investigate and get to the bottom of this disturbing situation. Sexual assault will not be tolerated. If anyone has information about this crime, please contact police. I am appalled at the idea that someone would be politically rewarded for covering up a rape. We are all outraged and want answers.”

Senate President statement on the passing of former Senator Pat Welch

WelchSPRINGFIELD —Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Senator Pat Welch.

“It’s with a heavy heart that I express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of my former colleague Pat Welch. He was a man with the savvy and the determination to be a true, principled public servant to the people he represented.

“Pat was a fighter for his ideals. He left behind a legislative legacy of equal pay for equal work, environmental protection and investment in local infrastructure. The Pat Welch I had the honor of serving with is the sort of person we speak of when we talk about statesmanship. He will be dearly missed.”

Senate President: Illinois gets it right on cannabis legalization

jjc 052919SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate voted 38-17 on Wednesday to approve a comprehensive plan to legalize and regulate adult-use cannabis. The proposal now goes to the Illinois House for final approval. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton supported the proposal and issued the following statement.

“Five years of work have gone into creating arguably the most comprehensive adult-use cannabis legislation anywhere in the country. I commend the sponsors for their diligent work to address social and economic justice issues, include strong public safeguards and their efforts to reach across the aisle to build bipartisan support.

All across the nation states are moving to address this issue. With this Senate vote, I am confident Illinois has found the right way.”

Senate welcomes Consul General of Australia in Chicago

consul gen 050819On Wednesday, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton welcomed David Bushby, Consul General of Australia in Chicago, to the Senate. The Consulate General of China serves the Midwest Region of the United States: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana and Iowa.

Prior to being named Consul General, Mr. Bushby served for 12 years in Australia’s Parliament, representing Tasmania in the Senate. He was party whip for 10 years and chief government ship in the Senate for four years.

Sen. President Cullerton

6th Senate District
President of the Senate

Years served: 1979 - 1991 (House); 1991 - 2020 (Senate)

Committee assignments: Committee of the Whole; Executive.

Biography: Attorney; born Oct. 28, 1948, in Chicago; B.A., political science, Loyola University; J.D., Loyola University Law School; served in Illinois National Guard, 1970-76; former Assistant Public Defender and instructor at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy; married (wife, Pamela), has five children.

Associated Representatives:
Sara Feigenholtz
Ann M. Williams