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.


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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.

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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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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.

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