Every March, people across the nation take time to honor the contributions and achievements of women throughout our history.

Women’s History Month dates back to 1987 when the National Women’s History Project petitioned Congress to designate the month of March as Women’s History Month. Since that time, every U.S. President has taken part in the tradition.

 

PLAINFIELD – More than 600 parents, kids, educators and community members took advantage of State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant’s fourth annual Kids’ Fair this year.

The event provides a one-stop shop for area parents and children looking for kid-friendly educational resources and fun activities.  

“Our annual community Kids’ Fair is a true testament to our dedicated community organizations’ commitment to improving the lives of young people throughout Will County,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I appreciate the Troy Middle School, vendors and organizations that helped us make this event a great success.”

Bertino-Tarrant urges attendees of the free event to share feedback by calling her office at (815) 254-4211.

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois school districts that have not yet been able to afford the cost of installing reliable high-speed internet soon will be able to do so under a plan being advanced by a bipartisan group of state senators.

A proposal introduced by state senators Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood), Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and Sam McCann (R-Plainview) sets aside $16.3 million in the upcoming state budget to help school districts foot the cost of installing fiberoptic cable for high-speed internet.

The $16.3 million would be matched nearly three to one by the federal government to cover the installation costs, which often are cost-prohibitive for school districts in hard-to-reach areas of the state. Costs can range from $75,000 more than $420,000 per school.

About 100 Illinois school districts with nearly 90,000 students currently do not have high-speed internet through fiberoptic infrastructure. Fiberoptic is faster, more reliable and more cost effective over the long term.

“Technology in school plays an impactful role in the inequalities we see in our schools. Students lack quality learning experiences simply because of their ZIP codes,” said Bertino-Tarrant, chairwoman of the Senate’s Education Committee. “We need to recognize that tech goes beyond a teaching tool, but allows training opportunities for teachers and expanded course selections for students.”

When schools lack high-speed internet, students are unable to take advantage of such routine modern classroom activities as streaming educational videos, participating in online testing, browsing the internet, playing educational games and engaging in remote learning.

The $16.3 million will come from the School Infrastructure Fund.

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119 B Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706 
(217) 782-0052

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15300 Rt. 59 Unit 202
Plainfield, IL 60544 
(815) 254-4211
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