JBT Hearing PhotoSPRINGFIELD— With the focus on school topics such as education funding, student assessments, and curriculum innovation, State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) has been appointed by Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton to lead the Illinois Senate’s Education Committee.

“I look forward to leading the Illinois Senate Education Committee during the new General Assembly,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Working on issues affecting students, educators and schools have been some of my top priorities as a state legislator.”

The Illinois Senate’s Education Committee is tasked with approving or rejecting education-related legislation. Bertino-Tarrant, a lifelong educator and passionate education advocate, was the former Will County regional superintendent before being elected to the Illinois Senate.

“The many issues that come before the Senate Education Committee touch hundreds of thousands of students throughout the state. I look forward to working with the bipartisan committee as we continue to address funding, mandates, and the overall learning environment.”

Bertino-Tarrant replaces outgoing chair State Senator Kimberly Lightford (D-Westchester). The senator is also a member of the state’s bipartisan Education Funding Reform Commission.


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JBT Term Limits ReleaseSPRINGFIELD— Building on the success of the Illinois Senate recently adopting term limits for Senate leaders, State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) refiled a constitutional amendment that would place term limits on all legislative leaders in state government.

“We need term limits for legislative leaders,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Limits on leadership will help state government function better and allow for new ideas and a different vision.”

Under Bertino-Tarrant’s plan, legislators could not serve more than 10 years as leader. These term limits would apply to the Speaker of the House, the Senate President and the minority party leaders in both chambers.

For Bertino-Tarrant’s constitutional amendment to become law, it must be approved by the Illinois House and Senate. Then it would be placed on the ballot so voters could make a final decision on term limits for legislative leaders.

“What’s right about this plan is that it allows the people of Illinois the final say regarding whether or not they want term limits for legislative leaders,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Bertino-Tarrant supported a Senate rule change that limited the Senate President and Senate Minority Leader to a 10-year limit. If approved, her constitutional amendment would ensure the Illinois House joins the Illinois Senate in having term limits for leaders.


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SPRINGFIELD— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) recently took the oath of office for her second term in the Illinois State Senate.

Sen. Bertino Tarrant Inauguration Photo


Bertino-Tarrant starts a new term in the Illinois State Senate

SPRINGFIELD— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) recently took the oath of office for her second term in the Illinois State Senate.

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jbt kidsfairPLAINFIELD— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will host her annual free Kids’ Fair for elementary students in February. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at Troy Middle School, 5800 W. Theodore St., Plainfield.

“This continues to be a fun and educational event, which brings area students, parents, and grandparents together on a day when schools are closed,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Storytelling, live animals and other activities will provide entertainment for children. In addition, free haircuts will be given by the Salon Professional Academy of Shorewood. Special events, such as a martial arts demonstration, musical performance by the Troy Middle School Choir and K9 Demonstration by the Plainfield Police Department, will also take place.

Bertino-Tarrant’s office still has openings for child-centered organizations to participate in this free event. Organizations interested in participating can complete the registration process through Bertino-Tarrant’s website (www.seantorbertinotarrant.com).

Kids’ Fair

Date: Monday, Feb. 20

Time: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Troy Middle School

5800 W. Theodore St., Plainfield


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