Approved JBT 2016 Kids Fair pictureOn Presidents Day when school was not in session, State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) held a fun, educational event for area students.

More than 50 organizations participated in Bertino-Tarrant’s Kids’ Fair.

Children in attendance were entertained by storytelling, live animals, crafts, treats, mascots and characters. Free haircuts were also provided and special events, such as a martial arts demonstration, dance performance and musical performance by DUCAP’s Rise UP, also occurred.

“I would like to thank all of the children, parents and organizations that participated in my Kids’ Fair,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This event was a collaborative community effort to ensure students throughout my district could be entertained at a safe location.”

Bertino-Tarrant plans on hosting the Kids’ Fair again next year.

Details on Bertino-Tarrant’s other events this year can be found on the upcoming events section of her website.

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JBT Jan. 21Town Hall PhotoJOLIET- As a part of her continued efforts to have an open dialogue with people throughout the 49th District, State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) held a legislative town hall in Joliet yesterday.

“I’m grateful for the ideas presented and questions asked by attendees,” Bertino-Tarrant said.  “I carefully consider the input I receive at town halls so that I can always be the best advocate possible for the interests of my constituents in Springfield.”

During the town hall, Bertino-Tarrant discussed some of her legislative initiatives, which include a proposal to place term limits on legislative leaders in state government. Bertino-Tarrant believes that Illinois would better off if there were limits on how long the Speaker of the House and other legislative leaders could stay in power.

Bertino-Tarrant has four more town halls and several other community events scheduled for this year.

The senator’s next town hall is scheduled from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at Shorewood-Troy Public Library, 650 Deerwood Drive.

You can receive more information regarding the senator’s other upcoming events and activities in Springfield on her website.

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senatefloorWith my support, the Senate approved legislation today that will authorize the state to release state gasoline tax revenues, 911 emergency services funding and dollars for other essential programs.

State transportation officials haven’t provided exact numbers on how much communities are owed in gas tax dollars. However, across Will County local governments received more than $21 million in gas tax money last year. In Kendall County, local governments received more than $3 million.

This legislation has already passed the House, so it will now go to the governor’s desk for final approval.

Today was an important step in getting money for our communities released, and I look forward to the governor signing this measure into law.

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JBT Silver Beat PhotoPLAINFIELD- As a part of her ongoing efforts to bring state government to community members, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) held a legislative town hall and a workshop geared toward seniors last Thursday.

“These events allowed me to listen to residents’ concerns regarding state issues and provide them with information on how they can keep themselves safe,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Bertino-Tarrant’s Silver Beat Presentation helped seniors and others in attendance learn how to protect themselves from financial scams and health care fraud.

Silver Beat is an educational training program created by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to ensure that seniors have the knowledge and tools they need to better protect themselves from con artists and deceptive business practices.

Bertino-Tarrant also hosted a legislative town hall, where she took questions from attendees on the budget and other state issues.

“I appreciate the conversation at the town hall and want to thank everyone who took time out of their busy schedule to attend,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Bertino-Tarrant regularly hosts town halls that are open to the community.

The senator’s next town hall is scheduled for December. For more details, you can click here.

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