JBT school visit pictureState Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) was busy throughout her district this week.

The senator met with students at different schools to discuss state government and answer questions.

“Meeting with students is always refreshing,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “They asked thoughtful questions and were eager to learn about the legislative process.”

On Monday, Bertino-Tarrant spent the afternoon with State Sen. Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) talking to students in American Government and English classes at Joliet West High School.

Bertino-Tarrant visited Joliet Central High School on Tuesday, where she spoke to students who are working on writing opinion papers.

And on Wednesday, Bertino-Tarrant headed to Troy Hofer Elementary School to speak to fourth-grade students.

“I had a great time with all of the students and, without a doubt, the future in the communities I represent is bright,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

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.

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.

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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