Senator Cullerton’s Career Milestones
In over 40 years of his career in public office, Senator Cullerton has accomplished hundreds of improvements for Illinois. Several major pieces of legislation have highlighted his period of serving the people.
On January 1st, 2008, Illinois implemented the smoke-free act. Senator Cullerton has been pushing for this legislation for a long time. As of that day, smoking in public places, employment places, and governmental vehicles is prohibited. It aimed to improve citizens' overall health. It also considerably reduced pollution and limited children's encounters with cigarettes.
Concerning children, Senator Cullerton has also pushed the law requiring road safety for kids. According to the Child Passenger Protection Act, all children under the age of 8 have to be secured in an appropriate child restraint system, such as a car seat. All passengers above the age of 8 years old, including adults, have to wear a safety belt in the car's front and back seats. The law was implemented to considerably reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting from car accidents.
Besides the two above mentioned highlights of his career, Senator Cullerton also pushed for marriage equality, reforming the funding for schools, and for abolishing the death penalty. Even though Senator Cullerton's career came to an end in January 2020, the impact of his changes is still reforming Illinois today.