SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton released the following statement after the passage of Senate Bill 10, The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act:

“It’s always the right time to advance equal rights. I am proud that today a strong majority of my Senate colleagues recognized that and voted to advance the rights of all families in Illinois. I especially want to congratulate Sen. Heather Steans for leading this advance and challenging our caucus to fully demonstrate our commitment to marriage equality. I applaud all those who engaged in this process with thoughtful and respectful debate.”

Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton released the following statement regarding final action on SB 957:

“I congratulate the communities, organizations, and the legislators that joined this strong coalition for highway safety. I want to thank Governor Quinn as he prepares to sign this bill to make our roads safer by ensuring that all drivers are trained, tested and insured,” said President Cullerton, the chief Senate sponsor of the bill.

“This initiative gives more than 250,000 newly eligible motorists the opportunity to go to work and take their children to school while driving on safer roads and highways. This bipartisan success demonstrates that we can work together for the good of the people of Illinois.”

Presides over the largest state Senate caucus in America

Springfield – Today Illinois State Senator John J. Cullerton was elected to a third term as President of the Illinois Senate. In his inaugural address, Cullerton stressed to members that reforming the state’s financially troubled pension system is the top policy priority.

Cullerton also filed Senate Bill 1, a comprehensive reform plan that combines both the Illinois House and Senate models for overhauling the pension finances. In his speech, Cullerton urged quick and bipartisan action.

“This issue has lingered for generations and threatens to doom future generations if something isn’t done. We are on the verge of our state budget turning into a financial plan that funds pension benefits rather than essential services.”

Cullerton also called for a revamping of the state’s economic development agency, saying it was time to create a public-private partnership and involve actual business leaders in setting state economic and business policies. Cullerton then pledged to advance legislation.

“Today Senate Bill 2 will be filed to remodel the department of commerce and economic opportunity through a public-private partnership that will bring real-world business effectiveness to our policies. This approach worked in other states and it’s past time we do it here.”

Cullerton gave the address as the largest Senate caucus in America and the largest Senate Democratic caucus in the history of the state of Illinois was sworn in.