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Bertino-Tarrant: Put public schools before wealthy donors

jbt 030918SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) continues to push for proper funding of Illinois’ schools.

A new bill she sponsors will continue that effort by prohibiting the diversion of public funds to scholarship tax programs in any calendar year unless the state has appropriated the $300 million in added education funding required annually by the new school funding formula.

Bertino-Tarrant’s new law will help alleviate teacher shortage

jbt 030918PLAINFIELD – A new law championed by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will help alleviate the teacher shortage crisis in Illinois.

Bertino-Tarrant’s measure, Senate Bill 863, eases licensure requirements to allow out-of-state educators to be licensed in Illinois if they have already completed comparable state-approved training. It was signed into law last week and will take effect immediately. 

Bertino-Tarrant announces Illinois veterans’ business loan program is ready to go

jbt 030918PLAINFIELD – Veterans looking to start a new business in Illinois now have a new resource available thanks to legislation supported by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood). 

Last week, the Illinois Finance Authority released criteria for the loan program that allows veterans to apply and receive business loans for new companies. 

“Our veterans come home with remarkable leadership skills and on-the-job training,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This program will give our returning heroes an outlet to channel their entrepreneurship spirit to create new businesses and generate jobs in our own communities.”

Bertino-Tarrant worked on this program with Lynn Lowder, a former Marine officer and advocate for veterans becoming small-business owners. The program would be similar to agribusiness and farming programs administered by the state treasurer.

Nearly half of World War II veterans and 40 percent of Korean War veterans went on to own or operate a business, according to Syracuse University‘s Institute for Veterans and Military Families.

But now less than seven percent of returning veterans own their own businesses. Today’s veterans have fewer resources than their predecessors did.

“Our veterans have made great sacrifices to serve our country,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It’s our duty to empower them to channel the life skills and training they received in the field as they transition back to civilian life.”

Bertino-Tarrant urges veterans visit www.il-fa.com to take advantage of this resource or contact her Plainfield office at (815) 254-4211 for more information.

State education leaders confirm Rauner plan bad for public schools, local taxpayers

isbe approp 022718SPRINGFIELD – The governor’s plan to dump the state’s share of teacher pension costs on local school districts would have devastating effects on classrooms and learning throughout Illinois, state education officials said Tuesday.
 
The testimony of State Superintendent of Schools Tony Smith and other education officials during a Senate budget hearing confirms what Democratic and Republican lawmakers have been saying since Gov. Bruce Rauner unveiled his budget plan Feb. 14.
 
“The governor is playing the game of trickling expenses down to local districts. My school leaders are already facing high levels of unpredictability and uncertainty. They’re unable to carry a half-billion dollars in new spending that the governor is putting on them,” said State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, a Democrat from Plainfield and a member of the Senate Appropriations II Committee.

Sen. Bertino-Tarrant

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49th Senate District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Education (Chairperson); Insurance; Labor; Licensed Activities (Vice-Chairperson); Transportation; Subcommittee on Capital (TR); Subcommittee on Special Issues (ED) (Sub-Chairperson).

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.

Associated Representatives:
Mark Batinick
Natalie A. Manley