05262017AM3381RSPLAINFIELD- State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) has joined the fight to protect Illinois residents’ personal information.

Bertino-Tarrant is supporting legislation, Senate Bill 2273, to end the State of Illinois’ practice of sharing voter data with any interstate voter registration program that will not properly protect the residents of the 49th State Senate District’s personal information

“Illinois citizens divulge sensitive information when they register to vote,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “They are entrusting the State of Illinois to protect their personal data from cybersecurity breaches that can make them susceptible to identity theft and threats to their financial security. It is absolutely imperative that we honor this trust and only give secure entities access to their information.”

The Illinois Board of Elections currently subscribes to two national voter database systems designed to help election authorities identify voters who may be registered in more than one state: The Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) and the Interstate Crosscheck System (Crosscheck).

Last month, a joint committee heard testimony from Shawn Davis, a faculty member at the Illinois Institute of Technology Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education. Davis testified that the Crosscheck system has several security concerns that make personal information easily accessible.  While most websites handling sensitive information use secure file transmission networks called SFTPs, Crosscheck uses an unsecured network system.

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Small Business SaturdayPLAINFIELD - State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) urges Will and Kendall County residents to shop and buy local this holiday season.

As people across the state begin their holiday shopping this year, Bertino-Tarrant is reminding residents to patronize Will and Kendall County local businesses on Small Business Saturday, November 25.

“Thriving small businesses generate vibrant and robust local economies,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Our local businesses are making investments in our communities every day. Now it is our time to remember to make investments in them.”

Bertino-Tarrant reminds residents that Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support the small, family-run businesses that do so much throughout the year to support our community.

In 2016, small businesses owners generated an estimated $15.4 billion on Small Business Saturday.

For every $100 spent in locally owned, independent stores, $68 goes back to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures.

Bertino-Tarrant encourages small businesses and those interested in starting a local business to take advantage of the many state resources available. The Will County Center for Economic Development located in Joliet at (815) 723-1800 or Bertino-Tarrant’s Plainfield Office at (815) 254-4211, are available to assist small businesses.

“Small businesses are the backbone of Illinois’ economy,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Take some time this holiday season, support small businesses in our communities and spend your money local.”

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Bertino Tarrant2016cPLAINFIELD- State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is proud to announce Plainfield, Illinois was named one of the top places to live in the country.

A survey released found Plainfield to be among the best small cities in the country with the lowest percentage of population in poverty.

“Plainfield is a great place to live, work and raise families,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I’m proud that Plainfield was recognized in a national survey for some of its remarkable qualities.”

Plainfield was ranked in the 96th percentile of cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 based on affordability, economic health, education and health, quality of life and safety.

“Communities across the 49th Senate District provide area residents with a strong economy, affordable housing options and solid education systems,” Bertino-Tarrant said.  

Other towns in the area have been recognized this year for a variety of accolades:

•    In 2017, Bolingbrook and Joliet were rated one of the safest cities in the nation by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.

•    Plainfield, Romeoville, Bolingbrook, Joliet, Aurora, Crest Hill and Naperville were ranked some of the fastest growing cities in Illinois.

•    In 2017, Naperville was ranked the best city to raise a family, the safest city and second best city to live in America.

•    Joliet’s Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center (PSJMC) has been named one of Illinois’ “Best” 20 Hospitals for 2017.

“The 49th Senate District is situated in the perfect geographic location,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “We enjoy an affordable and good quality of life in comfortable communities with many advantages of big city living.”

Bertino-Tarrant represents the 49th State Senate District in Will and Kendall Counties. The district is comprised of Joliet, Plainfield, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Shorewood, Oswego, Crest Hill, Boulder Hill, Naperville, Montgomery, Aurora and Channahon. She is a lifelong resident of Will County.

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“The State Board of Education is doing the right thing by trying to find out what has gone wrong and what we need to do to get qualified teachers into classrooms more efficiently. The sooner they can convey that information to the General Assembly, the sooner we can do our part to help correct this problem.” - State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant

04252017CM1305rSPRINGFIELD – Three Senate education leaders are urging the governor’s administration to expedite its study of the statewide teacher shortage and report its findings to the General Assembly by March 1.

In a Nov. 14 letter (attached) addressed to Illinois State Board of Education Chairman James Meeks, State Senators Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, Kimberly A. Lightford and Andy Manar ask the board to accelerate its inquiry into the crisis so that lawmakers will have enough time to craft and pass legislation that will help to address the matter prior to next school year.

The shortage has caused more than 2,000 current teaching positions to go unfilled statewide.

“We commend you for the effort made thus far by the State Board to address teacher shortages and for further prioritizing the issue by initiating a year of inquiry on the subject,” the letter reads. “However, this is a crisis that deserves even more urgent attention and swift action to provide crucial support to students, administrators, and teachers.”

Bertino-Tarrant, a Shorewood Democrat and chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee, said solving the problem requires everyone to pull together.

“The State Board of Education is doing the right thing by trying to find out what has gone wrong and what we need to do to get qualified teachers into classrooms more efficiently,” she said. “The sooner they can convey that information to the General Assembly, the sooner we can do our part to help correct this problem.”

According to a recent teacher shortage survey by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, 60 percent of school districts reported trouble filling teaching positions and 75 percent had seen fewer qualified candidates than in previous years.

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