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.”

04252017CM1305rSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) issued the following statement in response to inaccurate school funding numbers being published as fact for Will County in regards to Senate Bill 1:

“This is an attempt by the political arm of the Republican Party to rouse suspicion and derail years of hard work in reforming the way we fund our schools. The Will County Gazette is partisan pandering made to look like real, honest journalism.

“Despite these inaccurate numbers being released, Governor Rauner and his education secretary have failed to address the inappropriateness of its release. Instead, they sit quietly while political machines spread misinformation.

“Senate Bill 1 was thoroughly vetted with legislators and is supported by education advocacy groups throughout the state. The gamesmanship is only attempting to kill progress.

“Like bills of the past, Senate Republicans negotiate and then when they don’t get the green light from the governor’s office, they grandstand against the bill they helped craft. It completely interrupts any way of truly working together.”

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