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.

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.

Navigating Springfield from homePLAINFIELD- In an effort to make state government more accessible to community members, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) has created a “Navigating Springfield from Home” presentation that can be viewed on her website.

“I want to ensure it’s as easy as possible for the public to learn about Illinois government and the activities of the legislature,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

The PowerPoint presentation, which includes audio, features information on how to utilize the Illinois General Assembly (ILGA) website.

The ILGA site is a valuable resource for anyone wanting to watch or listen to live session, follow committee hearings, track legislation and votes or find their legislator’s contact information.

Bertino-Tarrant’s District Director, Samantha Marcum, has presented the presentation live to four different groups.

To view the presentation, you can click here.

If you have questions about the presentation or would like to inquire about having a workshop on how to use the General Assembly’s website, please contact Samantha in Bertino-Tarrant’s district office at (815) 254-4211.

JBT Veterans Breakfast 1PLAINFIELD- State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) joined State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) to hold a breakfast for area veterans Wednesday.

“Our veterans have done so much for our nation, and I wanted to thank them for their service and ensure they were aware of available community resources,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I look forward to having more events geared toward veterans in the future.”

Over 120 people attended the breakfast, which featured guest speaker USMC Major Charles “Lynn” Lowder, whose organization 1 Vet At A Time helps entrepreneurial veterans start their own businesses.

“Lynn Lowder has an inspiring story and a strong commitment toward helping our veterans succeed both personally and professionally,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Representatives from the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Attorney General's Military and Veterans Rights Bureau, U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs Vet Center and the Will County Veterans Assistance Commission were also on hand to discuss services and programs they offer.



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