A federal grand jury indicted Illinois State Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) last week. Cullerton, who represents the 23rd District, was indicted for allegedly receiving about $275,000 in salary and benefits from the Teamsters between 2013 and 2016, while doing little or no work. According to the indictment, Cullerton fraudulently received about $188,000 in salary, bonuses and other benefits. He allegedly also received about $64,000 in health and welfare plan and pension plan contributions during that period, as well as over $21,000 in reimbursed medical claims. “These allegations are not true, and we will be defending the charges in court,” said Cullerton’s attorney in a statement released on Friday. Cullerton served as a Villa Park village trustee from 2005 to 2009. He was Villa Park’s village president from 2009 to 2013. Cullerton was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. He was re-elected in 2016 and 2018. Cullerton was a member of Teamsters Local Union 734 before he was elected to the state senate.


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