JBT Budget Press ConferenceSPRINGFIELD— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) joined fellow chairs of Senate Committees at a press conference today to discuss the fact that Governor Rauner’s agency directors have offered no new cuts to close out the $5 billion out-of-balance budget he proposed.

“What’s frustrating is that we have a governor who has derailed budget negotiations and presented an unbalanced budget for next year,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

When asked on several occasions before Senate committees, sixteen of Rauner’s agency heads were unable to identify a single dollar to cut from Illinois $36 billion operations budget.

Bertino-Tarrant, the chair of the Illinois Senate’s Education Committee, questioned Superintendent of Education Tony Smith about what cuts he would make to close Rauner’s budget gap. His response was that Chairman James Meeks of the Illinois State Board of Education had directed him not to say anything about reductions.

“Superintendent Smith said he, as well as Chairman Meeks, will not advocate for cuts,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The governor needs to face the fact that his leaders are unable to identify any more reductions.”

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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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