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.

Photo 3SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) issued the following statement after voting for a property tax freeze in the Illinois Senate on Tuesday:

“We have to find a balance between local governments providing necessary services and providing some relief to the taxpayer. This plan can start the conversation on how to give homeowners relief, while examining how to permanently find property tax relief.”

Both measures will have to be approved by the Illinois House and the governor to become law.

Bertino-Tarrant: New website will save livesSPRINGFIELD— Information regarding heroin and prescription opioid abuse could become more readily available due to legislation that passed the Illinois Senate on Thursday.

“We need to take every possible step to address the heroin and opioid addiction problems our state faces,” State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) said. “Families are being destroyed by addiction and we need to make information and resources more readily available.”

The legislation, House Bill 3161, would require the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) to create and maintain a website to educate people on heroin and prescription opioid abuse.

“This new website will allow people to get information and important resources,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Under House Bill 3161, the website developed and maintained by DHS would include the warning signs of heroin and opioid addiction, helpful tips for parents on how to discuss the dangers of addiction with their children, available treatment options and services and other related information.

Will County saw a record number of heroin related-deaths in 2016, an increase of more than 40 percent from the previous year. According to the Will County coroner’s office, 77 people died in Will County due to opioid overdoses in 2016.

Bertino-Tarrant has actively tried to combat addiction-related problems in her district. She served as the co-chairwoman of the Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force and hosted heroin prevention forums in her district.

WebResizeJBT5.23.17SPRINGFIELD – On Tuesday, the Illinois Senate advanced a full-year balanced budget. State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) issued the following statement in regards to the votes taken:

“Illinois has been crumbling around us for two years. Today, we took steps to put Illinois back on a path to financial stability. The measure we passed today cut over $3 billion in government spending. It provides funding for social services, MAP grants for college students and ensures K-12 schools open on time. Furthermore, it allows for the much needed certainty our local businesses need.”

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