senatefloorSPRINGFIELD— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) voted for a plan today that would make it easier for taxpayers to save money by abolishing duplicative township governments.

“Illinois has more than 1,400 township governments,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “By opening up the opportunity for local government consolidation throughout the state, we are ensuring that taxpayer dollars can be saved and unnecessary or outdated township governments can be abolished.”

Under Senate Bill 3, local government consolidation procedures that exist in DuPage, Lake and McHenry Counties are extended throughout the state. Townships could merge with one or more adjacent townships. A city or village could absorb a township that occupies the same geographical boundaries.

Today, Bertino-Tarrant also voted to improve the way state government purchases goods and services, which was initiated because of concerns regarding procurement rules that can be difficult for vendors, state agencies and universities to navigate.

“We could make government purchasing a lot more efficient if we eliminate red tape that slows down the process,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Senate Bill 8 expands the ability of state universities to purchase needed products and services without going through the procurement process. Illinois would be allowed to enter into joint purchasing agreements with other governmental units. Vendors would also be given more flexibility when registering or submitting a bid.

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JBT Hearing PhotoSPRINGFIELD— With the focus on school topics such as education funding, student assessments, and curriculum innovation, State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) has been appointed by Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton to lead the Illinois Senate’s Education Committee.

“I look forward to leading the Illinois Senate Education Committee during the new General Assembly,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Working on issues affecting students, educators and schools have been some of my top priorities as a state legislator.”

The Illinois Senate’s Education Committee is tasked with approving or rejecting education-related legislation. Bertino-Tarrant, a lifelong educator and passionate education advocate, was the former Will County regional superintendent before being elected to the Illinois Senate.

“The many issues that come before the Senate Education Committee touch hundreds of thousands of students throughout the state. I look forward to working with the bipartisan committee as we continue to address funding, mandates, and the overall learning environment.”

Bertino-Tarrant replaces outgoing chair State Senator Kimberly Lightford (D-Westchester). The senator is also a member of the state’s bipartisan Education Funding Reform Commission.


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JBT Term Limits ReleaseSPRINGFIELD— Building on the success of the Illinois Senate recently adopting term limits for Senate leaders, State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) refiled a constitutional amendment that would place term limits on all legislative leaders in state government.

“We need term limits for legislative leaders,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Limits on leadership will help state government function better and allow for new ideas and a different vision.”

Under Bertino-Tarrant’s plan, legislators could not serve more than 10 years as leader. These term limits would apply to the Speaker of the House, the Senate President and the minority party leaders in both chambers.

For Bertino-Tarrant’s constitutional amendment to become law, it must be approved by the Illinois House and Senate. Then it would be placed on the ballot so voters could make a final decision on term limits for legislative leaders.

“What’s right about this plan is that it allows the people of Illinois the final say regarding whether or not they want term limits for legislative leaders,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Bertino-Tarrant supported a Senate rule change that limited the Senate President and Senate Minority Leader to a 10-year limit. If approved, her constitutional amendment would ensure the Illinois House joins the Illinois Senate in having term limits for leaders.


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SPRINGFIELD— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) recently took the oath of office for her second term in the Illinois State Senate.

Sen. Bertino Tarrant Inauguration Photo


Bertino-Tarrant starts a new term in the Illinois State Senate

SPRINGFIELD— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) recently took the oath of office for her second term in the Illinois State Senate.

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