Small Business SaturdayVILLA PARK - State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is encouraging local residents to shop and buy local this holiday weekend.

Cullerton hopes DuPage residents will take advantage of local stores on Small Business Saturday on November 25.

“DuPage small businesses are making investments in our communities,” Cullerton said. “As you kick off the start of the holiday shopping season, please remember to patronize our local businesses. Stop by the many wonderful locally owned businesses in our communities for convenient and unique items.”

In 2016, small businesses owners generated an estimated $15.4 billion on Small Business Saturday.

Cullerton reminds area residents that studies have found that for every $100 spent in locally owned, independent stores, $68 goes back to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures.

“Our locally owned businesses are helping fund our schools, pave our roads and offering good paying jobs,” Cullerton said. “Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to celebrate and support small, family-run businesses to help repay them for all that they do throughout the year to support our communities.”

Cullerton urges small businesses and future entrepreneurs to take advantages of state programs and support services through the Illinois Department of Economic Development. Interested and potential business owners may visit www.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance.

“Small businesses are the heart of our economy,” Cullerton said. “This weekend, keep your hard-earned taxpayer dollars in our communities. Don’t forget to shop local and buy local.”

In Illinois, 1.2 million small businesses employ 46 percent of the workforce.

If local residents have questions and concerns about resources available for businesses in Illinois, Cullerton encourages them to reach out to him by visiting www.SenatorTomCullerton.com.

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vvmfVILLA PARK- When the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. was completed in the early 1980s, nearly 60,000 service members who had either died or were missing in action in the Vietnam War were honored.

Personnel records on many of those listed on the wall, however, were destroyed in a fire at a government facility in 1973. Since that time, the military and a host of organizations have been working to establish information on who these brave men and women were.

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is urging Illinois residents to help give a face and name to these heroes.

“Our nation’s heroes made the ultimate sacrifice to fight for our freedoms and protect our democracy,” Cullerton said. “Every fallen solider was someone’s son, friend, child, parent or neighbor. They had dreams and served to protect our great nation. Now it is our turn to preserve their memory and honor their service to our country and state.”

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and its Wall of Faces project is collecting photos of every service member honored on the wall. Cullerton says Illinois residents can visit www.vvmf.org/how-to-submit to learn how to submit pictures to the project and help honor our fallen.

Earlier this month, Cullerton passed a resolution urging Illinois communities to become involved in the Wall of Faces project.

Andrew Johnson, Vice President of the National Newspaper Association said, “It was awesome to witness how quickly the Illinois General Assembly acted to support a bill honoring Illinois’ Vietnam veterans. Their actions in passing this resolution will ensure that Illinois’ veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

Out of the 58,000 names on the memorial wall, fewer than 5,000 remain without a photo. More than 20 states have found every photo for their fallen service members.

“I urge residents across our state to work together to match names with faces of our fallen,” Cullerton said. “My hope is Illinois will become the next state to find a photo of each one. Our state is known for honoring and recognizing the accomplishments of our military men and women. I have no doubt our communities will work together to find photos of our Vietnam Veterans and give our fallen heroes the respect they deserve. ”

Senate Resolution 731 passed the Senate with bipartisan support. Cullerton urges Illinois residents and veterans organizations to reach out to his Villa Park office at (630) 903-6662 with any questions or concerns.

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Sen. Tom Cullerton (D - Villa Park)SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is urging his colleagues in the Illinois Senate to strongly oppose any and all efforts by the Trump Administration and Congress to eliminate the state and local tax deduction (SALT).

Changes being proposed by President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress would benefit millionaires and billionaires at the expense of hardworking families, said Cullerton.

“This proposal primarily uses Illinois as the piggy bank to make it possible for the federal government to cut taxes for other states and the wealthy,” Cullerton said. “By eliminating or even rolling back state and local tax deductibility, Washington is sending a slap in the face to DuPage County’s middle-class families and our economy.”

Under the current law, taxpayers can deduct their state income taxes and local property taxes. This deduction prevents families from being double taxed, once by the federal government and again by the state.

Last year, nearly 2 million Illinoisans – roughly one-third of all taxpayers in the state – claimed more than $24 billion in state and local tax deductions. In DuPage County alone, 206,000 taxpayers claimed more than $3 billion in SALT dedications and of those, about 80 percent earned less than $200,000 that year.

Under Congress’ plan, a family of four in Bloomingdale making around $84,300 annually would pay around $500 more in taxes each year. In Wayne, a family of four making between $50,000 and $75,000 would see their taxes increase around $1,100 every year.

Cullerton is co-sponsoring Senate Resolution 1067 to forcefully oppose President Trump’s and the Congressional Republican tax plan to gut the state and local tax deduction, which would consequently raise taxes on many Illinois families. The resolution passed the Senate late last week.

“I will not allow Washington to double-tax residents of the 23rd district,” Cullerton said. “Eliminating the state and local tax deduction to fund tax breaks for hedge fund managers and corporate CEOs is absolutely unacceptable.”

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Sen. Tom CullertonSPRINGFIELD- To promote government transparency and accountability, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) championed the passage of the Illinois Debt Transparency Act.

Cullerton joined the Illinois Senate in voting to override Governor Rauner’s veto of House Bill 3649, which requires state agencies to provide a more accurate accounting of bills and late payment interest penalties accruing.

“Illinois taxpayers deserve to know how their money is spent,” Cullerton said. “This measure encourages responsible budgeting and the honest use of taxpayer dollars. I’m glad the Illinois Senate worked together in a bipartisan manner to take the necessary steps to promote a fiscally-sound budget. ”

Currently, state law requires that on October 1 agencies report the annual aggregate amount of pending unpaid bills that were being held as of June 30. The comptroller’s office then publishes the outdated information on their website.

This new law will now require state agencies to report the amount of unpaid bills, whether that amount was appropriated or not and an estimate of interest penalties accumulated on a monthly basis.

“This new law will promote help promote fiscal responsibility,” Cullerton said. “Good government begins with accountability and transparency. State officials and agencies have an obligation to be transparent and open with the way we spend valuable state dollars.”

Cullerton believes real-time accounting will help the state’s financial officers as well the General Assembly have a realistic outlook on state finances when making budgetary decisions.

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