Bertino Tarrant2016cPLAINFIELD – To make college more affordable, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) spearheaded a new measure to increase availability of dual-credit classes in Illinois.

Bertino-Tarrant’s initiative, Senate Bill 2838, requires a public university or community colleges to work with local high schools to grant dual credit to a student who completes an accredited course. It was signed into law on Thursday.

“While the cost of college continues to escalate nationwide, dual-credit provides a great economic benefit for families and students by empowering students to accumulate college credit while still in high school,” Bertino-Tarrant said “As the mother of a high school junior, I know what parents are going through. Like any other parents, I want my children to graduate from college with many opportunities, not mountains of student loan debt.”

Dual enrollment allows students to get credit for postsecondary coursework that is completed when they are still in high school. Bertino-Tarrant said it is a promising approach to improving academic outcomes for student by preparing them for college and helping them meet general requirements while in high school.

“There is no better way to prepare students for college than to give them a hands-on experience at a local public university or community college,” Bertino-Tarrant said.  

Research has shown that student participation in dual enrollment curriculum often leads to improved academic outcomes, especially for students from low-income backgrounds and first generation college students. Students who enroll in dual-credit courses are more likely to get better grades in high school and to pursue a secondary education.

Under this bipartisan law, students are allowed to receive up to 60 hours of dual credit.

“We need to continue to explore ways to make college more affordable and help students graduate without loads of debt,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Senate Bill 2838 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support. It goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

021418 KS 9889PLAINFIELD – A new law in the Illinois aims to give veterans, minorities, women and disabled individuals the tools to launch business start-ups in Illinois.

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is the sponsor of the law, Senate Bill 43, which strengthens the small business loan program that was enacted last legislative session under her leadership, was signed into law on Friday.   

Senate Bill 43 ties up a technicality to allow for the administration of loans and expands upon the existing program to help encourage businesses to open up shop in communities across the state.

“Illinois’s economy relies heavily on small businesses,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Expanding the scope of this vital loan program will help encourage small businesses to make Illinois their home.”

It will also allow the Illinois Finance Authority to administer an increase in low-interest agri-business loans.
This program will serve as a strong resource to Illinois veterans. 

Nearly half of World War II veterans and 40 percent of Korean War veterans went on to own or operate a business, according to Syracuse University‘s Institute for Veterans and Military Families. But now less than seven percent of returning veterans own their own businesses, in part because veterans have fewer resources than their predecessors did.

“Our veterans have made great sacrifices to protect our country,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It’s our duty to empower them to channel the life skills and training they received in the field as they transition back to civilian life.”

Senate Bill 43 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support. The new law goes into effect immediately.

Bertino-Tarrant urges potential entrepreneurs to visit to learn more about this loan program or contact her Plainfield office at (815) 254-4211 for more information.

13032018KS0485 smPLAINFIELD — Illinois students will have additional opportunities to lower the out-of-pocket costs of their college education thanks to State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood).

Bertino-Tarrant championed Senate Bill 2527 to prohibit school boards from limiting the number of dual-credit courses taken by a student. It was signed into law Friday.

“Dual-credit courses offer great economic benefits to families,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “As the mother of a high school sophomore, I know what parents are going through. Like any other parent, I want my children to graduate college full of opportunities, not burdened with student loans.”

Dual credit, which allows students to enroll in postsecondary coursework while still enrolled in high school, is a promising approach to improving academic outcomes for students, Bertino-Tarrant said.

“These courses help prepare students for college coursework while meeting general high school requirements,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “They are also much more cost effective than waiting to take the courses at a college or university.”

Under Senate Bill 2527, dual-credit courses must be taught by an instructor as outlined by the Illinois school code or by a licensed teacher or community college professor or instructor in Illinois.

The new law also requires a school board to award high school credit to a student for dual-credit coursework unless the course's rigor and content does not meet the Illinois Learning Standard.

“College can be expensive,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This new law will give our students a chance to save money while better preparing them for higher education courses.”
Senate Bill 2527 passed with bipartisan support and will take effect Jan. 1, 2019.

Bertino Tarrant2016cPLAINFIELD— State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is slated to join the seventh class of the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs’ Edgar Fellows Program, a group of 40 emerging leaders from across Illinois.

Bertino-Tarrant was chosen from a field of 168 nominees to for this bipartisan program. The group of fellows includes elected officials from all levels of government, leaders of non-profit organizations and individuals who are making their mark in the business world.

“We have a great responsibility as legislators, community members and business leaders to come together in service to our community,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I look forward to working and hearing from people with different backgrounds, paths and problems and take those lessons to be a better leader for the 49th Senate District.”   

The Edgar Fellows week includes an intense executive training program designed and hosted by Former Gov. Jim Edgar and the UI Government and Public Affairs. The fellows will listen to and engage with policy experts, experienced practitioners and each other in discussions of issues such as economic development, health care, education and intergovernmental cooperation.

Bertino-Tarrant will be joining a network of Will County Officials who have participated in the program, including State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Crest Hill) and State Rep. Natalie Manley (D-Joliet).  

“My colleagues and I understand the importance of working together to address the issues we are facing at the local and state level,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Senator McGuire and Representative Manley exemplify the values of compromise and leadership and I am excited to join them with this prestigious honor.”

Click here for a full list of the 2018 Edgars Fellows.

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