tc suicide 032321SPRINGFIELD – As rates of suicide and depression among young people rise, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D- Villa Park) advanced a measure that would ensure suicide prevention information is readily available to college students.

“This past year has not been easy on anyone, including our college students, many of whom lost their jobs or were forced to move unexpectedly,” Cullerton said. “Crisis hotlines are vital resources for those who feel like they have nowhere else to turn. The easier these resources are to access, the better.”

The measure would require any public institution of higher education that issues student ID cards to publish the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Crisis Text Line on the back of each  card as well on their website.

According to the CDC, between 2007 and 2018, suicide rates for people aged 10-24 increased by 57.4%. Additionally, a CDC survey taken in June of 2020 found that one in four young people aged 18-24 reported seriously considering suicide over the 30-day period.

“Students are always carrying their student ID card, whether it be to enter buildings on campus, use a meal plan or get into an event,” Cullerton said. “By having that reminder that there are mental health resources available to them, we can hopefully prevent tragic suicides on campuses.”

Senate Bill 2014 passed the Senate’s Committee on Higher Education with bipartisan support  Tuesday. 

tc biketrail 031921VILLA PARK – The Carol Stream Park District will receive $180,000 to renovate a 0.95-mile, 8-foot-wide asphalt trail that runs adjacent to Mitchell Lakes Park, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D- Villa Park) announced this week.

“As the weather starts to get warmer, it’s the perfect time to go outside and get active,” Cullerton said. “Bike trails provide an opportunity for safe transportation and recreation, and a grant like this will be a great investment for the park district to improve the trail near Mitchell Lakes Park.”

The grant comes from the Bicycle Path Grant Program, which has been administered since 1990 by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to provide grants to eligible local governments for new bike paths. This year, the program will fund seven bike path projects across the state totaling more than $800,000.

Learn more about the program, eligible projects and the application process on the IDNR website.

cullerton 031021SPRINGFIELD – To assist military personnel and their spouses, Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is spearheading a measure to waive application and examination fees for professional and occupational licenses through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

“Members of our military and their families give up so much to serve our country,” said Cullerton, who serves as the chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs committee. “By waiving the fees for applications and exams for professional licenses, we hope to support them in advancing their careers outside of the military.”

Senate Bill 59 will waive all fees associated with applications and examinations for professional and occupational licenses for active military members and their spouses. The measure is similar to one introduced by Cullerton last year – which was stalled due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

IDFPR regulates over one million professionals and firms in Illinois, including a variety of healthcare related professions such as doctors, nurses, and veterinarian, as well as a variety of occupational professions such as CPAs, barbers, engineers, and detectives.

“As a veteran, I understand challenges military families often face,” Cullerton said. “This measure will make it a little easier for military members and their spouses to apply for the licenses they need to move forward in their careers.” 

The measure passed the Senate’s Committee of Veterans Affairs with bipartisan support Tuesday. As the bill advances to the senate floor, negotiations are ongoing.

Cullerton local hospVILLA PARK – As COVID-19 vaccination distribution ramps up, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D- Villa Park) is pleased to announce that the AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center in Glendale Oaks is set to receive 300 to 500 more doses of the vaccine per week thanks to a new pilot program to reach underserved communities.

“I’m pleased to see that AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center in the 23rd District is one of the hospitals receiving additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine,” Cullerton said. “The pilot program is a strong step in the right direction to ensuring people across our communities have access to this vital vaccine to help end this awful pandemic.”

The new pilot program comes from a partnership between Gov. Pritzker, the Illinois Department of Public Health and federally qualified health centers and safety net hospitals across the state. The hospitals chosen for the first round of the pilot program were determined using IDPH’s COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index and local vaccination rates.

“Providing support to communities hit hardest by COVID-19 is essential. These additional doses are so important to raising our vaccination rates and getting everybody protected against this virus,” Cullerton said.

Vaccines will be available to residents by appointment only. More information on vaccination through AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center can be found here: https://www.amitahealth.org/covid-19/vaccine

  To find additional information about vaccine availability, including locations and eligibility, visit https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/.

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