04252017CM1305rSPRINGFIELD — State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant issued the following statement regarding the education funding reform vote taken today:

“I have held firm that Illinois needs a new education funding system that is equitable and adequate. In the end, Senate Bill 1947 allows every student a chance to succeed throughout my community and the entire state.”

JBT Veterans Breakfast 2016State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) recently held a Veterans’ Breakfast.

At the Veterans’ Breakfast, an estimated 60 veterans learned about programs and services offered by Homes for Heroes, Kendall County Veterans Assistance Commission, Military Mama Network and Will County Veterans Assistance Commission.

“I’m honored to provide a small thank you and opportunity for area veterans to meet with representatives from different organizations who could help them access the benefits and services they’ve rightfully earned from their service to our nation,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Bertino-Tarrant spoke to attendees briefly about a new law she sponsored which creates a program at the Illinois Finance Authority allowing veterans to apply for and receive a loan to start a business.

Attendees also heard from guest speaker Grant Swinger of the Illinois Attorney General’s Military and Veterans Rights Bureau. He provided an overview of the bureau, which is dedicated to ensuring veterans and active duty military service members receive the benefits they have earned.

Some veterans expressed concerns about the problems they face in trying to get assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Bertino-Tarrant and Swinger sympathized with these concerns and let them know that the Illinois Attorney General’s Military and Veterans Rights Bureau can be a good resource for help when they run into difficulties.

State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) recently held a Warning Signs of Drug Use Seminar for parents at Drauden Point Middle School.

At the event, Dr. Aaron Weiner, Director of Addiction Services at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, provided parents with tips on how to recognize if their children may be using drugs.

“I have met many families in our community who have been affected by substance abuse problems,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Knowing the warning signs of drug use gives parents a better chance of identifying if their child has a problem and getting them help.”

The seminar Bertino-Tarrant hosted follows other efforts the senator has undertaken to combat drug addiction.

Bertino-Tarrant served as the co-chairwoman of the Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force and hosted heroin prevention forums in her district. She also supported House Bill 1, a law designed to comprehensively address the significant increase in heroin and opioid-related overdoses and deaths over the past 10 years.

Bertino-Tarrant also sponsored a law that bans toxic caffeine powder from being sold to anyone under age 18 in Illinois.

 

anderson groundbreaking 2State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for a project that will bring businesses and jobs to Shorewood.

The plan, which Bertino-Tarrant pushed for, will allow for land at the northwest corner of the intersection of Routes 59 and 52 in Shorewood to be redeveloped.

“More businesses and jobs will be coming to Shorewood,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This initiative is good for the community, and I look forward to continuing to support projects that will enhance economic development throughout my district.”

Currently the property has two buildings where businesses are located. The plan will improve existing facilities and add on a new brick-faced building with close to 6,000 square feet where Anderson’s Family Restaurant was once located.

The Anderson’s, a long-standing Shorewood family, own the property that will be redeveloped.

The goal is to have coffee shops, sandwich shops and other establishments in the new building that area residents can enjoy.

Construction for the redevelopment is expected to start in October.

More than 50,000 vehicles pass the property each day, making it an ideal place for shops and restaurants.

 

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