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Bertino-Tarrant empowers consumers to make sound financial decisions

05172018CM0341RPLAINFIELD - Credit reporting agencies will no longer be able to charge Illinois residents who want to freeze their report reports due to system hacking or stolen information, thanks to a measure supported by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood).

House Bill 4095, which will allow consumers to protect themselves in a cost-effective and timely manner, was signed into law on Friday.

“As a society, we rely on online systems to do everyday tasks. At times citizens are at the mercy of these credit reporting agencies,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Dealing with the aftermath of massive security breaches is time-consuming and devastating. Will County residents who were unwitting victims of the 2017 Equifax security breach dealt with frustrating and often expensive processes to secure their information. This is simply unacceptable.”

The Equifax security breach that happened in September of 2017 compromised information such as names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver's license numbers. This breach is very concerning as such sensitive information can be used for identity theft.

Bertino-Tarrant works to bring transparency to taxpayers

jbt 011718SPRINGFIELD — Illinois taxpayers may soon have more transparency when it comes to their property taxes thanks to a measure passed by State Senator Jennifer Bertino Tarrant (D-Shorewood), Chair of the Senate Education Committee.

Bertino-Tarrant passed Senate Bill 3190 to require school districts to issue quarterly reports on the available cash on hand, funds in reserves and investments.

Senate Bill 3190 passed the Senate with bipartisan support on Wednesday and now heads to the House for consideration.

Bertino-Tarrant works to combat teacher shortage

jbt 053018SPRINGFIELD – The United States Department of Education has designated Illinois a teacher shortage area, codifying an ongoing crisis that could cause irreversible damage to Illinois’ education ecosystem.

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is working to combat the crisis by supporting House Bill 5627, a bipartisan, multi-faceted approach to end the shortage.

Bertino-Tarrant continues statewide education tour in downstate Staunton

STAUNTON—State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, the jbt 050818chairwoman of the Illinois Senate Education Committee, continued her statewide “Chalk Talk” tour of schools on Monday at Staunton Community Unit School District 6.

Bertino-Tarrant and local State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) met with members of the District Improvement Team to discuss the teacher shortage faced by many schools in the area.

Sen. Bertino-Tarrant

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49th Senate District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Associated Representatives: Mark Batinick; Natalie A. Manley

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Education (Chairperson); Labor; Licensed Activities and Pensions; Transportation.

Biography: Lifelong educator; former Will County superintendent and secretary of Will County Regional Board of School Trustees; B.A., Illinois State University; MS, University of St. Francis; EdD., Loyola.