Natl GuardVILLA PARK – As chair of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is calling on the U.S. Congress to repay debt owed to the National Guard for their service providing security to the U.S. Capitol in the wake of the Jan. 6 riots.

“The riots at our nations’ capital were a scary time for many,” Cullerton said. “Hundreds of men and women from Illinois were sent with the National Guard to assist in the aftermath of those riots, putting their safety on the line to protect the Capitol. It is only fair for them to be fully compensated for their duties.”

With expenses from the D.C. mission still outstanding, the National Guard is facing devastating prospects if this funding is not immediately repaid, including a reduction in exercises, weekend training, and potential furloughs, placing a significant financial burden on individual members of the guard, putting their monthly drill checks and insurance payments in jeopardy.

“These soldiers put their lives on hold including jobs, schooling, and time with their families to support the needs of our country,” Cullerton said. “I urge Congress to act as quickly as possible to address this debt and prevent any further burdens on our Illinois National Guard.”

Over 25,000 Guard troops answered the call in January to protect the Capitol following the Jan. 6 riots. Thousands remained in Washington, D.C. until the end of May to provide support to local law enforcement and ensure the safety of the nation’s capital city.

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Tom Cullerton (D- Villa Park) is happy to see the Fiscal Year 2022 budget, which passed the Senate Tuesday. The budget fully funds education and local governments, as well as making investments in important programs that will help Illinois’ communities return to normalcy.

“I am pleased to see our local governments will be fully funded, and roads, infrastructure and local parks will receive their full allotment,” Cullerton said. “Our towns, villages, and counties will have to be flexible to continue to meet the unique needs created by the pandemic.”

The budget includes the annual increase for education from the evidence-based formula, which will help school districts move back to on-campus learning and address the challenges the past year has presented.

To help the state get back to normalcy, Illinois will also receive a substantial amount from the federal American Rescue Plan to go toward small business recovery, community support programs, and the health care sector.

Additionally, the budget fully funds the annual pension payment, pays off loans to the federal government, and reduces the state’s bill backlog.

“It’s been a difficult year, but this budget addresses a lot of the problems that arose over the course of this pandemic,” Cullerton said. “From schools to small businesses, this budget will help communities get back on their feet and allow Illinois to move forward into a fiscally responsible future.”

The budget passed the Senate Tuesday.

05292021CM0309SPRINGFIELD – To promote health care equity and reduce health care disparities in Illinois, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D- Villa Park) is supporting a measure to expand telehealth services that will make it easier for patients to meet with their doctors.

“One thing the COVID-19 pandemic showed us is that there are so many things we can do remotely, including meeting with our doctors,” said Cullerton, who is a co-sponsor of the measure. “Expanding telehealth services will remove many barriers to health care access that many people face, like taking time off work or not being able to find transportation.”

Telehealth services were largely used during the COVID-19 pandemic due to emergency federal and state orders. House Bill 3308 will maintain and expand telehealth services by requiring insurance companies to utilize similar billing processes for both in-person and telehealth services.

With the increase in the use of telehealth services, there has been a great reduction in missed appointments, while increasing care plan adherence and improving chronic disease management. Additionally, telehealth services give people easier access to counseling for mental health.

“Without this legislation, many people would abruptly lose convenient access to their health care,” Cullerton said. “Expanding telehealth services will allow more people to manage their health on their time, whether it’s meeting to refill a prescription or talking to someone about their mental health.”

HB 3308 passed the Senate Sunday.

052520210426SPRINGFIELD – To help combat mental health crises among students, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D- Villa Park) is spearheading a measure that would require school districts and universities to provide contact information for mental health resources on the back of student ID cards.

“Young adults were particularly susceptible to mental health issues and high suicide rates even before the pandemic,” Cullerton said. “As students get back on campus, whether they’re in middle school or college, they should have easy access to resources like crisis lines.”

Between 2007 and 2018, suicide rates for people aged 10-24 increased by 57.4%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for children between the ages of 10 and 14. 

House Bill 1778 would require school districts that issue ID cards for students in sixth to 12th grade to include the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Crisis Text Line numbers on the backs of cards. It also requires colleges and universities to publish the information on student IDs.

“Students constantly have these cards on them, and this information is a good reminder that there are resources out there for students to rely on,” Cullerton said.

HB 1778 passed the Senate on Saturday.

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