SPRINGFIELD – Senate President John J. Cullerton released the following statement regarding Governor Bruce Rauner’s plan to impose an indefinite freeze on property tax extensions that will impact Illinois’ schools:
 
“Education funding in Illinois is inappropriately reliant upon property taxes. For that reason, I have been clear from the beginning of negotiations with the Governor on his tax freeze plans. There can be no property tax freeze without companion reforms to fix Illinois’ broken school funding formula.
 
Any effort to restrict property taxes without first finding ways to shift the education funding burden is an attack on schools and a cap on opportunity for kids across the state.
 
For responsible property tax relief, we can work together to advance reforms that won’t saddle schoolchildren and middle class workers with the burden of paying the price."

(SPRINGFIELD) - Senate President John J. Cullerton released the following statement regarding Governor Bruce Rauner’s plan to increase the burden on harmed individual seeking civil justice:

“Efforts to address the business climate shouldn’t be mere attempts to give middle-class families the runaround. This legislation is a clear attempt to tilt the scales of justice back toward big business and away from the injured. Individuals who have suffered injury and loss of wages should not be further disadvantaged by giving corporations and insurance companies home court advantage in the justice system.”

(SPRINGFIELD) - Senate President John J. Cullerton released the following statement regarding Governor Bruce Rauner’s plan to erode worker protections that balance the workers’ compensation system:

“Thanks to 2011 reforms, Illinois workers’ compensation premium rates are dropping. Still, there may be room for businesses to realize more savings in light of recommendations from the National Council on Compensation Insurance. I believe that we can work together to identify ways to get more savings to employers.

However, I will continue to oppose any attempt to disrupt the compromise designed to protect the health of workers while capping employer liability. To disrupt that balance in favor corporate profits breaks the agreement and protections of the workers’ compensation system.”

SPRINGFIELD – Senate President John J. Cullerton issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling in Heaton v. Quinn:

“From the beginning of our pension reform debates, I expressed concern about the constitutionality of the plan that we ultimately advanced as a test case for the court.  Today, the Illinois Supreme Court declared that regardless of political considerations or fiscal circumstances, state leaders cannot renege on pension obligations. This ruling is a victory for retirees, public employees and everyone who respects the plain language of our Constitution.
                                                                                
That victory, however, should be balanced against the grave financial realities we will continue to face without true reforms. If there are to be any lasting savings in pension reform, we must face this reality within the confines of the Pension Clause. I stand ready to work with all parties to advance a real solution that adheres to the Illinois Constitution.”