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

04252017CM1305rSPRINGFIELD — Illinois could soon put more protections in place for victims and law enforcement officers from someone in a county jail or prison.

“We need to take proactive steps to ensure that victims of crimes and law enforcement officers that investigate those crimes don’t have to worry about someone taking revenge out on them,” State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) said.

The measure, House Bill 619, would not allow a person in the custody of Department of Corrections or a county jail from requesting records with personal information of the victims or law enforcement officers unless it is relevant to the person’s case.

The measure passed the Senate without opposition and moves to the governor’s desk for his signature.

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