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.

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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.


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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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7 19 2016 Joliet JointState Senators Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) and Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) and Representative Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) will be holding a town hall meeting to discuss legislative issues on Tuesday, July 19. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Joliet Public Library, Black Road Branch, 3395 Black Road.

“I always appreciate the opportunity to have an open dialogue with my constituents about state and local issues,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I look forward to answering questions from people who attend.”

"I'm sure residents have questions about the stopgap state budget as well as local projects and concerns," McGuire said.  "Let's talk about these things at the July 19 town hall."

The town hall meeting is open to the public. Anyone with questions or concerns can join Senators Bertino-Tarrant and McGuire and Representative Manley for a candid conversation about state and local government issues.

"The last several months have been unsettling for many people. If they haven't been personally impacted by the controversy surrounding the budget, they know someone who has,” Manley said. “Though the legislature has recently passed a budget and the Governor has signed it, people may still have some concerns. I intend to address any concerns and talk about where we go from here."

For more information, or to submit questions ahead of time, please contact Senator Bertino-Tarrant’s Plainfield office at 815-254-4211 or email bertinotarrant49@att.net.

Town Hall Legislative Update
Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2016
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Joliet Public Library, Black Road Branch
3395 Black Road



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