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



Capitol Picture JBTThe last day of session, unfortunately, ended without a budget being passed. It is my understanding the governor has agreed to work with the leaders on a short-term budget without demanding his turnaround agenda.  The working groups continued today, and there is hope to return within a couple weeks to vote on a budget. Other non-budget item working groups will continue their efforts over the summer.

After May 31, the budget requires a three-fifths majority vote by both chambers to pass. While this makes it more difficult, I am hopeful that all members of the General Assembly will be committed to passing a responsible budget that keeps education, social services and other state agencies operating at a sufficient level.


Capitol PhotoI wanted to update you on the state budget. The governor and legislature have until tomorrow to get a budget approved by the May 31 deadline.

Last week, the governor’s budget director and a bipartisan working group of legislators forwarded a budget plan for the current year and upcoming year to the governor and four legislative leaders. Additionally, the House approved a budget bill that has not been voted on in the Senate.

If a budget deal can’t be reached by tomorrow, Senate President John Cullerton has suggested a short-term compromise to, as he says, “Keep our schools open, our universities open and our human service providers open while we continue to negotiate a broader, balanced budget solution.”

Bipartisan working groups of legislators continue meeting to try and find common ground on items part of the governor’s Turnaround Agenda, such as local government consolidation and worker’s compensation.

The governor and four legislative leaders are also continuing to meet, and yesterday Speaker Madigan said he will begin polling his members on their support for Turnaround Agenda items.

You can sign up for my e-newsletter on the right hand side of this website to receive updates on the state budget, other legislative issues and community events.


2016 Pet Expo for websiteState Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) held her second annual Pet Expo at Clow Stephens Dog Park last weekend.

Attendees were able to learn about recent animal legislation in Illinois and talk to representatives from area animal businesses about the services they offer.

Many people at the Pet Expo brought their pets. Door prizes and treats were given. Also, families were able to take pictures with their pets at the park.

“The day was chilly, but those who attended didn’t seem to mind.” Bertino-Tarrant said. “We had local vendors there with great information for our pet owners.”




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