04252017CM1305rPLAINFIELD — Members of the Illinois General Assembly would not receive an automatic increase in mileage reimbursements or per diem rates due to a measure that passed the General Assembly during the spring legislative session with bipartisan support.

“Legislators should be ensuring that the government is prioritizing the necessary resources to social service providers and schools,” State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) said.  "Since I have been in office, I have voted to halt any increases in my salary."

House Bill 643 freezes the Illinois General Assembly’s mileage reimbursement and per diem rates for the upcoming year. It also would eliminate the cost of living adjustment that was planned for next year.

“This legislation awaits the governor's signature,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It is commonsense legislation to make sure government prioritizes where our funding goes.”

The measure sits on the governor’s desk for final approval.

Photo 3SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) issued the following statement in response to the budget that passed the Illinois General Assembly today:

“After months of contentious negotiations, the Senate concurred with the House to approve the budget. The decision was not easy, in fact it was quite hard. Along with my colleagues, I spent countless hours listening, reviewing and researching options to move our state forward. Today's bipartisan decision begins the stability and certainty that businesses, social services, schools and individuals in our state desire and deserve. I am committed to continuing to find ways to ensure our government becomes more efficient and responsible with taxpayer's dollars.”

6 28 17 Flyer CANCELLEDBOLINGBROOK— Due to the announcement of a special legislative session, the town hall scheduled on June 28 in Bolingbrook with State Senators Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) and Pat McGuire (D- Joliet) and Representative Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) will be postponed.

The event will be rescheduled at a later date.

WebResizeJBT5.23.17SPRINGFIELD — Schools could see a positive change to the worst-in-the-nation school funding formula due to legislation that passed the Illinois General Assembly last week.

“Senate Bill 1 was thoroughly vetted by education organizations throughout the state. It is a plan that will fix the worst funding formula in the country and will provide needed property tax relief to some school districts,” State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) said.

“I am disappointed that the governor continues to play the blame game and partisan politics with our children’s education. I hope the governor reconsiders his threat of vetoing legislation that will provide not only needed funds for special education and low-income students, but will address other best practices such as low class sizes and counselors in schools.”

Senate Bill 1 would be the first significant reform of the school funding mechanisms in more than 20 years.

Prior to passing the Illinois Senate, estimates of what Senate Bill 1 would do to funding according to appropriations for the current school year were made public by the Illinois State Board of Education. It showed that no school district throughout the state would lose funding under the plan.

The estimated overall gain that some area schools would experience under Senate Bill 1:

  • Oswego Community Unit School District 308 -- $4.77 million
  • Plainfield School District 202 -- $5.80 million
  • Troy Community Consolidated School District 30C -- $144,135
  • Joliet Township HS District 204 -- $1.65 million
  • Valley View CUSD #365U -- $1.61 million
  • Indian Prairie CUSD 204 -- $861,287

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