05082019CW0117rSPRINGFIELD – Following Gov. JB Pritzker’s budget address on Wednesday, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant expressed her support of the governor’s goal to restore stability and functionality to the state.

The governor’s proposal includes plans to ensure Illinois residents are ready to meet the needs of the state’s economy by creating new job training programs.

As part of his strategy, the state would create a new community college apprenticeship grant program and the Illinois Works Jobs program that will help train people for careers in the construction industry and building trades.

“I’m glad to see the governor’s commitment to ensure the state’s workforce is meeting the needs of the employers,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Innovative job training programs will help put residents to work and grow our economy for generations to come.”

Bertino-Tarrant, who serves as the Senate’s Education Chair, is encouraged by the governor’s outlined investment in teacher recruitment, retention and diversity.

“School districts across the nation continue to struggle to fill long-term positions at schools,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Increasing our investment in keeping the best and brightest at the head of our classrooms will help ensure our children have the opportunity to be successful.”

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2020 Kids Fair RSPLAINFIELD- State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is inviting residents to join community organizations and small businesses at her sixth annual Kids’ Fair.

The free event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, Feb. 17 at Troy Middle School (5800 W. Theodore St., Plainfield).

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

“Our Kids’ Fair connects parents, grandparents, educators and loved ones with amazing organizations that serve our children,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I encourage families to stop by this free event to meet and hear from energetic organizations serving our community and improving the lives of young people.”

The event is free. Storytelling, live animals and other activities are already scheduled for the event.

In addition, free haircuts will be given by the Professional’s Choice Hair Design Academy of Joliet. There will be other special events such as a martial arts demonstration as well as a dance and vocal performance.

For more information please call Bertino-Tarrant’s office at (815) 254-4211.

TRS FinalROMEOVILLE – Will County residents are invited to attend an informational seminar on Teacher Retirement System benefits.

Bertino-Tarrant is hosting this free event on Tuesday, Feb. 11 starting 4:15 p.m. at John J. Lukancic Middle School Auditorium (725 Normantown Rd., Romeoville).

The presentation will be given by TRS Outreach Coordinator, Sandie Benhart.

The following topics will be covered:

• Factors utilized to determine pension amounts
• Ways to supplement pensions with a self-funded plan
• Legislative actions that could affect retirement
• How pursuing multiple careers rather than education-only careers may impact your pension

The event is applicable to all those enrolled in a TRS pension.

For more information, Bertino-Tarrant urges residents to contact her office at (815) 254-4211 or visit www.SenatorBertinoTarrant.com with any questions or concerns.

03012017CM0381WebSPRINGFIELD – Illinois students may soon be equipped with the skills to tackle real-life financial issues, thanks to State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant.

Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) introduced Senate Bill 2474, which will allow students to take a financial literacy class as a math requirement for high school graduation.

“Our schools need to ensure students are not only able to excel academically, but also have the life skills to be successful as adults, “Bertino-Tarrant said. “Balancing checkbooks, calculating income taxes and understanding bank statements are vital life skills that we should want our young people to have. Our students need to be equipped with the knowledge to manage their money effectively.”

Senate Bill 2474 allows that one year, or a semester, of a financial literacy course may count toward the math requirement to graduate high school.

A report released by AIG Retirement Services found that students’ low financial literacy levels result from little to no fiscal education within the K-12 school system.

They also found 36% of participants already have more than $1,000 in credit card debt. And many students do not have enough money to pay off their debts or are not fully aware of the consequences of leaving bills unpaid.

“As we tackle rising tuition costs and fees, we must ensure our students have the financial sense to understand how money works,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Mathematics is not just about formulas and right angles, we have an opportunity to show students how math applies to their lives as adults.”

Bertino-Tarrant is looking forward to discussions on Senate Bill 2474 this upcoming legislative session

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