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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“Outdated and redundant units of government are a disservice to the public,” Cullerton said.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. 

Silverstein wants crackdown on assault weapons

ar 15Sales of weapon like that used in Florida mass shooting would be banned in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – Long-time gun safety advocate State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) has introduced a measure to address the sale of assault weapons, such as the AR-15, that have been used in countless mass shootings in America.

Senate Bill 3297 will make it illegal to sell assault weapons in Illinois. The legislation spells out which weapons are included in the definition of assault weapons and also includes the sale of so-called “large capacity ammunition feeding devices” of more than 10 rounds in a single magazine, belt or drum.

“Since December, I have been meeting with groups in my district about their concerns with gun violence, and particularly the sale of automatic weapons and their ammunition,” Silverstein said. “I drafted and filed this legislation in January because I am sick of seeing people in our schools, churches and public spaces mowed down by those who possess these killing machines.”

Last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla. was perpetrated by a young man with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. Last November, a gunman killed at least 26 people with an AR-15 style weapon in a Texas church. Fifty-eight people were killed and more than 500 wounded in October at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas; the gunman in that case possessed an arsenal including AR-15-style rifles. These events are only three of dozens in recent years with record numbers of victims killed by rapid-fire weapons.

According to the Brady Campaign, a national gun control advocacy organization, shootings are the second leading cause of death of children 19 and under. Youth in rural U.S. counties are as likely to die by gunshot as those in urban counties: rural children in suicides and accidental shootings and urban children in gun homicides.

“I’ve been working for some time on the problem of too many guns in the hands of the wrong people in our community. In the last year, I’ve introduced legislation to require finger printing for FOID card issuance, to limit the sales of guns, to increase licensing requirements on those who sell guns and ammunition, to prohibit imitation firearms and to require liability insurance for firearms owners,” Silverstein said.

“Gun manufacturers and the NRA have shown no willingness to even negotiate on commonsense changes in the law for our safety, so lawmakers must take action that will stop the massacre of innocents. Enough is enough.”

BanAssualWeaponst Button v2Senator Silverstein has established a petition for those interested in his gun safety measures and in stopping the sales of AR-15 style weapons and ammunition in Illinois. It is available on his website, www.SenatorSilverstein.com. A fact sheet on the effects of gun violence from the Brady Campaign is attached to this release.

Senate Bill 3297 currently awaits action in the Senate Assignments Committee.

Cullerton: “This is an emergency”

tcullerton 022018SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is calling for urgent action to remedy infrastructure problems that caused 13 deaths in three years and three new cases of Legionnaires’ disease this month at the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy.

Despite the continued threat to the health and well-being of veterans and their families that live at the facility, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s agency directors did not attend a Veterans Affairs Committee hearing hosted by Cullerton Tuesday. 

Bertino-Tarrant’s “Kari’s Law” will be implemented nationwide

jbt 120817PLAINFIELD – State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is pleased to see nation-wide implementation of “Kari’s Law,” a measure she introduced in the Illinois Senate in 2014.

Today, President Donald Trump signed legislation that requires newly installed business phone systems to allow users to dial "9-1-1" without needing to pre-dial a code such as the number "9."

“We teach our children to dial 9-1-1 in case of emergencies. That number should work all the time from anywhere,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “In the time of crisis, you don’t have the time to learn new phone systems.”