Flyer CUB Workshop 9 14JOLIET— To help people throughout her district find ways to reduce their utility bills, State. Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will be hosting a workshop with the Citizens Utility Board (CUB).

The event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Joliet Public Library, Black Road Branch, 3395 Black Road.

“This workshop will be helpful to anyone in the community who wants to learn what options are available for lowering their utility expenses,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their gas, electric and phone bills for a free individual consultation with one of CUB’s experts.

To register for the CUB workshop, please call (312) 263-7872 or email your name, phone number and the name of this event to:

Citizens Utility Board Workshop

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 14

Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Joliet Public Library, Black Road Branch

3395 Black Road


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HB 4259 SigningSPRINGFIELD— Employees of lobbying entities would be ineligible for a taxpayer-funded pension under a new law spearheaded by State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood).

House Bill 4259 was signed into law by the governor Friday.

Under the law, employees of certain organizations can no longer collect a pension through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), State Universities Retirement System (SURS) and the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS).

“This change is past due,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “There is no reason why the taxpayers should be forced to pay pensions for lobbyists.”

Prior to today, employees of these associations were eligible for a pension through IMRF, SURS or TRS. Employees with the Illinois Principals Association or the Illinois Association of School Administrators could receive a SURS retirement. An employee of a school board association can get a TRS pension.

“There are examples of excessiveness that the law will help prevent moving forward,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

The changes made in the law Bertino-Tarrant’s sponsored would apply to individuals employed by an identified organization after the law becomes effective.

House Bill 4259 is effective Jan. 1, 2017.


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JBT SB2301SPRINGFIELD— Legislation co-sponsored by State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) that would create minimum training standards for residential and community-based programs that offer dementia care has been signed into law.

Prior to the law, residential and community-based programs could advertise that they specialize in providing dementia care without being adequately trained in how to work with dementia patients.

“People who have dementia deserve the best care possible,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This new law ensures that staff have been trained, protects patients, and gives families peace of mind.”

This initiative is necessary because some places have advertised that they are experts in dementia care without having the training to back up their claims.

The Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 210,000 Illinois residents are affected by dementia. It is anticipated that there will be a 25 percent increase in dementia patients in nine years due to the aging baby boomer population.

Senate Bill 2301 is effective immediately.


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Coffee and Conversation 2016BOLINGBROOK— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will be hosting coffee and conversation and satellite office hours this month.

Coffee and conversation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Bolingbrook-Eggs Inc. Cafe, 278 Weber Road, Bolingbrook.

“I encourage community members to join me for a casual conversation about state government over a cup of coffee,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Satellite office hours will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at Joliet Public Library, Black Road Branch, 3395 Black Road.

“People attending this event can learn how state government can help them,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Community members are welcome to stop by Joliet Public Library, Black Road Branch, to work with the senator’s staff and receive assistance with different services. 2016 Satellite Office Hours

Attendees can receive help with FOID card applications, food stamp issuance, health care, veterans or disability issues, Medicare paperwork, foreclosure prevention assistance and much more.

If you have additional questions regarding coffee and conversation and satellite office hours, please contact Samantha Marcum in Bertino-Tarrant’s district office at (815) 254-4211.

Coffee and Conversation  

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 23

Time: 9 to 10 a.m.

Location: Bolingbrook-Eggs, Inc. Cafe

278 Weber Road, Bolingbrook

Satellite Office Hours

Date: Thursday, Aug. 25

Time: 9 to 10 a.m.

Location: Joliet Public Library, Black Road Branch

3395 Black Road



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