JBT Ed Committee ReleaseSPRINGFIELD — State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood), chair of the Illinois Senate Education Committee, issued the following statement after the Illinois State Board of Education testified at an Education Committee hearing yesterday and failed to provide specifics on how to close a $4.6 billion budget hole from the governor’s budget proposal for FY 18:

“The governor believes the package does not include enough spending cuts. Therefore, committee chairs have turned to Governor Rauner’s agency directors to offer suggestions to address the governor’s request. The superintendent of education under the direction of Chairman Meeks was directed not to advocate for any cuts.”


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Townhall Flyer JolietJOLIET— State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will be holding a town hall meeting to discuss state legislative issues on Thursday, February 23. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Joliet Library, 3395 W. Black Road.  

“Meeting with constituents has always been a top priority of mine since being elected,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I want to ensure people throughout my district have an opportunity to get their questions answered. I look forward to a sincere conversation.”

The town hall meeting is open to the public. Anyone with questions or concerns can join Senator Bertino-Tarrant to discuss state and local government issues.

For more information or to submit questions ahead of time, please click the flyer or contact Senator Bertino-Tarrant’s office at 815-254-4211.

Legislative Town Hall Meeting
Date: Thursday, February 23
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Joliet Library
3395 W. Black Road

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JBT 2017 Budget PhotoSPRINGFIELD — In response to the governor’s budget address today, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) issued the following statement:

The governor in his speech today said it himself – the last budget he proposed was two years ago. However, he continues to place blame on legislators. He called off working groups, he stopped leadership meetings and he halted the work being done in the Senate. His speech today was not a budget address. It was a lecture without any substance.”


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senatefloorSPRINGFIELD— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) voted for a plan today that would make it easier for taxpayers to save money by abolishing duplicative township governments.

“Illinois has more than 1,400 township governments,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “By opening up the opportunity for local government consolidation throughout the state, we are ensuring that taxpayer dollars can be saved and unnecessary or outdated township governments can be abolished.”

Under Senate Bill 3, local government consolidation procedures that exist in DuPage, Lake and McHenry Counties are extended throughout the state. Townships could merge with one or more adjacent townships. A city or village could absorb a township that occupies the same geographical boundaries.

Today, Bertino-Tarrant also voted to improve the way state government purchases goods and services, which was initiated because of concerns regarding procurement rules that can be difficult for vendors, state agencies and universities to navigate.

“We could make government purchasing a lot more efficient if we eliminate red tape that slows down the process,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Senate Bill 8 expands the ability of state universities to purchase needed products and services without going through the procurement process. Illinois would be allowed to enter into joint purchasing agreements with other governmental units. Vendors would also be given more flexibility when registering or submitting a bid.

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