JBT Hearing Photo“Sexual crimes committed by Dennis Hastert were horrible, and there should not be a time limit for when charges can be brought forward. People who physically and emotionally harm our children must be held accountable.”

CHICAGO— Prosecutors would no longer face deadlines when prosecuting child sex offenders under legislation introduced this year by State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood).

The importance of eliminating the statute of limitations on child sex crimes was the focus of a legislative hearing Bertino-Tarrant attended today. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, victims’ advocates and Scott Cross, a survivor of abuse by former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, testified at the hearing.

“The testimony I heard today makes me more determined to keep fighting to hold accountable predators who emotionally and physically harm our children,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “If a perpetrator doesn’t get caught right away, that doesn’t mean they should get away with abusing children.”

Under Bertino-Tarrant’s plan, House Bill 1127, the statute of limitations would be removed for criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse of a child, ensuring that prosecution for these crimes could occur at any time.

Bertino-Tarrant’s legislation and today’s hearing comes in the aftermath of Hastert being convicted of bank fraud stemming from efforts to cover up child sex abuse when he was a teacher in Yorkville.

Hastert was not able to face charges for more serious charges of sexual abuse because the statute of limitations for those offenses had expired.

“Sexual crimes committed by Dennis Hastert were horrible, and there should not be a time limit for when charges can be brought forward,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “People who physically and emotionally harm our children must be held accountable.”

Bertino-Tarrant has called for Hastert’s public pensions to be taken away. The senator filed legislation that would have allowed for Hastert’s General Assembly Retirement System (GARS) pension to be taken away. She also sent a letter to GARS requesting that his state lawmaker pension be immediately revoked.


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Warning Signs of Drug Use SeminarPLAINFIELD— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will be hosting a Warning Signs of Drug Use Seminar for parents and satellite office hours for constituent services.

The Warning Signs of Drug Use Seminar will be held from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at Drauden Point Middle School, 1911 Drauden Road, Plainfield.

Dr. Aaron Weiner, Director of Addiction Services at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, will be presenting on the warning signs of drug use. Attendees can ask questions after the presentation concludes.

“This event will provide parents with information about substance abuse issues and how they can recognize if their children may be using drugs,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

RSVP is encouraged for the event. People can RSVP online or by calling (815) 254-4211.

Bertino-Tarrant will also host satellite office hours from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 at Romeoville Village Hall, 1050 W. Romeo Road.

Attendees can receive help from Bertino-Tarrant’s staff with FOID card applications, food stamp issuance, health care, veteran or disability issues, Medicare paperwork, foreclosure prevention assistance and much more.

Warning Signs of Drug Use Seminar                                                                       

Date: Thursday, Sept. 22

Time: 6 to 7:15 p.m.

Location: Drauden Point Middle School

1911 Drauden Road, Plainfield

Satellite Office Hours                                                                   

Date: Thursday, Sept. 22

Time: 9 to 10 a.m.

Location: Romeoville Village Hall, 1050 W. Romeo Road


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September 21 Town HallPLAINFIELD— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will hold a town hall meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 21. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois St.

“Communication between me and the people I represent is important,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I look forward to having an open dialogue at this town hall regarding issues my constituents want to discuss.”

During the town hall, the senator will answer questions from attendees regarding state and local issues.

The town hall meeting is open to the public. Anyone with questions or concerns is welcome to join Bertino-Tarrant for a candid conversation about state and local government issues.

For more information, or to submit questions ahead of time, please contact Bertino-Tarrant’s district office at (815) 254-4211 or email bertinotarrant49@att.net.

Legislative Town Hall Meeting

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 21

Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Plainfield Public Library

15025 S. Illinois St.

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Bertino Tarrant and Manley Shredding EventROMEOVILLE— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) and State Rep. Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) will be hosting a free shredding event that is open to the public.

It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Abri Credit Union, 1350 Renwick Road, Romeoville.

“I am happy to work with Romeoville to provide this service,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This event will allow people to safely and efficiently dispose of old documents.”

Documents will be accepted for shredding until trucks reach capacity.

"Making sure that we keep our personal information out of the hands of criminals is one way to help prevent being the victim of identity theft or other types of fraud,” Manley said. “By shredding and properly disposing of documents that contain that sensitive information, we can greatly minimize that potential risk."

Medication disposal services will also be offered by the Romeoville Police Department.

No electronics will be accepted for recycling.

Anyone with questions about the event can contact Samantha Marcum in Bertino-Tarrant’s district office at (815) 254-4211.

Shredding Event

Date: Saturday, Sept. 17

Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Abri Credit Union

1350 Renwick Road, Romeoville

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