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.”

JBT SB1382 ReleaseSPRINGFIELD — State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) issued the following statement in response to the 'Grand Bargain' vote taken today:

“We have gone through this exercise for nearly five months now,” said Bertino-Tarrant. “We need to be focusing on budget related items. Schools need to open in August, students need to be able to return to college and social service agencies need their funding to provide services for thousands of people.”

Senator Bertino-Tarrant continues to work towards finding a way towards a fiscally responsible budget that equitably funds every child’s education.

JBT SenateBill189SPRINGFIELD— Legislation that would require the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) to create and maintain a website to educate people on heroin and prescription opioid abuse was approved by the Illinois Senate’s Human Services Committee on Tuesday.

State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is the measure’s Senate sponsor.

“It’s very important that we continue to find ways to address heroin and prescription opioid abuse addiction,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Too many lives and families have been destroyed by addiction. We need to get people the resources and help they need.”

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.

“By creating a website that provides information on addiction treatment, people will be able to get help sooner and lives will be saved,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

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/drug prevention forums in her district.

Bertino-Tarrant also supported House Bill 1, a law designed to comprehensively address the significant increase in heroin and opioid-related overdoses and deaths over the past 10 years.

Photo 3SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) voted in favor of bringing automatic voter registration to Illinois.

The legislation, Senate Bill 1933, would automatically register an eligible resident for voting when proper documents have been submitted to a government entity. Currently, the burden is on the resident to find a way to register.

“We should be making it easier, not harder, for people to vote and have a direct say in who represents them,”Bertino-Tarrant said. “Making automatic voter registration law will save taxpayer dollars, streamline a government function and ensure the ballot box is as easily accessible as possible for voters.”

If a person does not want to register to vote there is an opportunity for them to opt-out.

The measure now moves to the House for further consideration.

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