american flagPLAINFIELD – Illinois veterans are taking advantage of a program championed by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) to provide veterans with the tools to launch new businesses.

Due to a loan from the Illinois business program, Captain Jon Glass, an Army combat veteran paratrooper, recently purchased the iconic Glenwood Oaks restaurant in Glenwood.

“Veteran-owned businesses are important to our state’s economy,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This new program will help our veterans get their businesses off the ground by equipping them with the tools to be successful.”

The Illinois veterans’ business loan program allows the Illinois Finance Authority to offer an increased number of low-interest loans to veterans to create new businesses.

“Our military veterans have worked hard to protect us,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Now is the time for us to honor their sacrifices.”  

Captain Glass is currently the head chef at the Glens restaurant in the northern suburbs. He is married with five children and is active in his church community.

Bertino-Tarrant’s Senate Bill 324 launched the program through the Illinois Finance Authority, which now allows veterans to apply for and receive business loans.

She worked on developing this loan program with Lynn Lowder, a former Marine officer and advocate for veterans becoming small-business owners. The program would be similar to agribusiness and farming programs administered by the state treasurer.

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

Bertino Tarrant2016cSPRINGFIELD — A new law championed by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will give the education community better representation on the Illinois State Board of Education.

The new law will require that three of nine state board of education members are representatives of the educator community, ensuring more efficient implementation of the state’s education initiatives.

“This new law will ensure that educators are at the table while we work to implement policies and standards to help give students the opportunity to be successful,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Our educators are on the frontlines. They have a good pulse on what works and doesn’t work in our classrooms. Their insight will help give the board a more rounded perspective.”

The law was an initiative of Vision 20/20, an education activism group. Vision 20/20 said the measure provides professional expertise to guide implementation of state initiatives and ensure oversight and regulatory efforts positively impact student learning.

House Bill 4284 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support. The measure is now law.

Womens Fair FlyerPLAINFIELD— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) and State Rep. Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) will be holding their annual Women’s Fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 12, at C.W. Avery Family YMCA, 15120 Wallin Drive, Plainfield.

“A nice event to grab a friend and give yourself some ‘me time’,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

More than 40 local businesses and organizations will be participating in the Women’s fair. A list is available on the flyer. There is still space available for vendors to join. To register, they can visit

"The high level of participation from local businesses and service providers that support women in our community is admirable,” said Rep. Manley.

At 9 a.m., the fair will kick off with a free self-defense class followed by a free YMCA Zumba class. No prior registration is needed. There will be other various workshops offered throughout the fair.

For more information or questions about the event, call Senator Bertino-Tarrant’s district office at (815) 254-4211.


Women’s Fair
Date: Saturday, August 12
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: C.W Avery Family YMCA
15120 Wallin Drive, Plainfield

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