PLAINFIELD – Families with children dealing with the symptoms of Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections now have more protections when it comes to insurance coverage thanks to a measure being signed into law today.

"If we have the ability, we should take every step possible to help children with whatever situation they face,” State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) said. “There is treatment for PANDAS and costs should not be the factor that decides whether a child receives treatment.”

PANDAS occurs when a strep infection triggers a misdirected immune response that causes inflammation on a child’s brain. This leads to life-changing personality symptoms. Many children present symptoms of OCD and physical tics when affected by PANDAS.

“This will help families across the state dealing with PANDAS," Bertino-Tarrant said.

The measure passed the Illinois General Assembly with bipartisan support and went into effect when the governor signed the legislation.

04252017CM1305rPLAINFIELD — Members of the Illinois General Assembly would not receive an automatic increase in mileage reimbursements or per diem rates due to a measure that passed the General Assembly during the spring legislative session with bipartisan support.

“Legislators should be ensuring that the government is prioritizing the necessary resources to social service providers and schools,” State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) said.  "Since I have been in office, I have voted to halt any increases in my salary."

House Bill 643 freezes the Illinois General Assembly’s mileage reimbursement and per diem rates for the upcoming year. It also would eliminate the cost of living adjustment that was planned for next year.

“This legislation awaits the governor's signature,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It is commonsense legislation to make sure government prioritizes where our funding goes.”

The measure sits on the governor’s desk for final approval.

Photo 3SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) issued the following statement in response to the budget that passed the Illinois General Assembly today:

“After months of contentious negotiations, the Senate concurred with the House to approve the budget. The decision was not easy, in fact it was quite hard. Along with my colleagues, I spent countless hours listening, reviewing and researching options to move our state forward. Today's bipartisan decision begins the stability and certainty that businesses, social services, schools and individuals in our state desire and deserve. I am committed to continuing to find ways to ensure our government becomes more efficient and responsible with taxpayer's dollars.”

6 28 17 Flyer CANCELLEDBOLINGBROOK— Due to the announcement of a special legislative session, the town hall scheduled on June 28 in Bolingbrook with State Senators Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) and Pat McGuire (D- Joliet) and Representative Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) will be postponed.

The event will be rescheduled at a later date.

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