Bertino-Tarrant

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  • Bertino-Tarrant introduces legislation to close sex offender registry loophole

    jbt 030916SPRINGFIELD— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) has introduced legislation that would close a loophole in the state’s Sex Offender Registry Act.

    Bertino-Tarrant’s proposal will allow the courts to require sex offender registration for a person convicted of battery in cases where the battery is sexually motivated.

    “A perpetrator who commits a sexual offense should be held accountable and have to register as a sex offender,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

    The senator’s legislation was filed in response to a case in her district.

    Stephanie of Plainfield was 15 when a neighbor sexually abused her in his basement. Her mother, Tina Estopare, has been a strong advocate of the legislation, reaching out to legislators across the state.

    The neighbor was convicted on two counts of misdemeanor battery and sentenced to 364 days in the Will County jail. However, he was released four months later before serving two years of supervised probation. He also did not have to register as a sex offender because battery is not an offense subject to sex offender registration.

    Bertino-Tarrant’s initiative, Senate Bill 2201, was heard by the Criminal Law Committee today. 

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  • Bertino-Tarrant receives award from Illinois School Psychologists Association

    bertino-tarrant-awardSPRINGFIELD— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) has received an award from the Illinois School Psychologists Association in appreciation of her sponsoring legislation that supports schools and schoolchildren in Illinois.

    Bertino-Tarrant worked with the Illinois School Psychologists Association in 2014 to get a law approved that makes it easier for school psychologists and other school support personnel to become principals.

    “I was proud to work with the Illinois School Psychologists Association to make it easier for school psychologists to serve as principals,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I am grateful to receive this award, and I look forward to continued collaborations with the association on issues that will help our students and schools.”

    House Bill 5286, which Bertino-Tarrant sponsored, allows school psychologists who have four or more years’ experience to become principals. They would also still have to complete a principal preparation program and have a master’s degree or higher.

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  • Bertino-Tarrant pledges to vote for funding local services

    Bertino-Tarrant pledges to vote for funding local servicesPLAINFIELD — State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) issued the following statement in response to the Illinois House voting to release $3.1 billion in spending that has been held up by the budget impasse in Springfield.

    “Yesterday’s action was a step in the right direction. This authorization will ensure local governments receive funding needed to pay for emergency services, road projects and other essential programs. I pledge to vote for it when it comes before the Senate.”

    The Senate must pass the legislation, House Amendment 4 to Senate Bill 2039, so that it can be sent to the governor for final approval. A vote on the authorization is scheduled to take place Monday, Dec. 7. Bertino-Tarrant is a Chief Co-Sponsor of the legislation.

    The legislation includes the following components.
    •    $582.5 million to IDOT for local governments share of motor fuel gas tax revenues.
    •    $77 million for 911-related costs.
    •    $1 billion to the Lottery for prizes.
    •    $43 million to the Community College Board for career and technical education activities.
    •    $45 million to the Dept of Revenue so local governments can receive their share of video gaming proceeds.
    •    $3.1 million to the Illinois Math and Science Academy to allow them to access their income funds and pay operating costs.
    •    $31 million to IDOT to purchase road salt.
    •    $2.5 million for breast cancer services and research.
    •    $28 million for nursing home licensing and inspections.
    •    $165 million for home heating bill assistance.
    •    $3.1 million to the Illinois Department of Public Health for the Tobacco Quitline.

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  • Bertino-Tarrant reacts to today’s meeting of governor, legislative leaders

    jbt commutertaxPLAINFIELD— State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) issued the following statement after today’s meeting between the governor and legislative leaders on the budget impasse:

    “Today’s meeting was an important step. We’re not going to be able to compromise on tough issues and have a budget in place if the governor and leaders aren’t talking. I hope more meetings occur in the future. Concrete steps need to be taken to end this impasse as quickly as possible.”

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  • Bertino-Tarrant works to help community members find jobs

    jbtjobfairJOLIET — State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Plainfield) partnered with the Illinois Department of Employment Security to hold a successful hiring fair this week.

    “Job fairs are important for connecting employers with community members who are looking for work,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I enjoyed meeting those who attended, and I look forward to having future events that will help people obtain employment.”

    More than 50 people showed up to meet with representatives from participating businesses. The first hour of the hiring fair catered specifically to veterans.

    “Our veterans have loyally served our nation, and I’m committed to doing what I can to make sure they’re employed,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

    Details on Bertino-Tarrant’s upcoming events are on her website.

  • Higher Ed funding is investment in middle-class families

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    As Illinois students begin preparing for mid-terms, Chairman Pat McGuire (D-Crest Hill) assembled the Senate’s Higher Education Committee at Joliet Junior College to hear from students, parents and state community colleges and universities on the impact the current budget impasse is having on higher education in Illinois.

    “Time's a'wastin' - first semester already has started. Governor Rauner, get on board,” McGuire said. “Support MAP and higher education funding so Illinois high school graduates and returning adults can earn the knowledge and skills needed in today's economy to make our state strong again.”

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  • Bertino-Tarrant’s small business legislation signed into law

    jbt commutertaxSPRINGFIELD— Small businesses often face too much red tape when dealing with the state.

    With HB 3887, which was signed into law today, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) hopes to make that process as efficient as possible and help improve the state’s business climate.

    “Small businesses are the backbone of our communities,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This law is an important step in helping our business owners cut through the unnecessary red tape.”

    HB 3887, which Bertino-Tarrant sponsored in the Senate, is designed to identify and eliminate state regulations that are unreasonable or overly burdensome to small businesses.

    State agencies will now be required to complete an initial review of rules, regulations and processes related to small businesses within one year of the legislation becoming law. Subsequent reviews would take place every five years thereafter.

    According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses employ 48 percent of the private-sector labor force in Illinois.

    HB 3887 goes into effect on January 1 of next year.

  • Bertino-Tarrant passes legislation to modernize methods for locating individuals with Alzheimer’s

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    SPRINGFIELD - Last year, in Georgia, an elderly man suffering from Alzheimer’s slipped away from his home in the middle of the night and wandered into a nearby neighborhood in the cold only to be shot dead when mistaken for an intruder.

    And this year in Texas, an elderly man suffering from Alzheimer’s wandered away from his family’s home in the middle of the night in the midst of freezing temperatures. He was later found dead.

    These are the tragic stories state Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) worked to prevent through legislation she helped pass out of the Illinois Senate this year. Her plan, which was signed into law today, allows law enforcement, Department on Aging and local law enforcement agencies to create a statewide awareness program to help locate individuals with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive diseases who go missing.

  • Bertino-Tarrant’s legislation making college more affordable for veterans becomes law

    Bertino-Tarrant's legislation making college more affordable for veterans becomes law

    SPRINGFIELD - A new law was signed today that will allow veterans attending Illinois colleges and universities to qualify for instate tuition rates.

    “Those who serve our nation deserve our utmost respect,” said Bertino-Tarrant, Senate sponsor of HB3692. “This law will make college more affordable for student veterans who have made significant contributions to our nation.”

    The law applies to veterans attending college through the Pre-9/11 G.I. Bill. Last year, Illinois allowed veterans using the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill to qualify for in-state tuition. Bertino-Tarrant simply wanted to make sure all veterans utilizing a G.I. Bill program would qualify for in-state tuition.