03012017CM0381WebSPRINGFIELD – Illinois seniors may soon no longer need to reapply for Senior Citizens Homestead Exemptions, thanks to State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant.

Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) introduced Senate Bill 140, which would eliminate the need for senior citizens to reapply for an exemption once the assessor or chief county assessment officers grants a Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption.

“This new measure will cut redundant bureaucratic hurdles our seniors need to repeat every year,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Once you are an approved for an exemption, it is already verified that the senior meets the age and legal requirements.”

Senate Bill 140 provides that all senior citizens in Illinois only need to apply once for an exemption.

This year as of January, Cook County reported there were more than 270,000 applications and approximately 80,000 seniors were mailed notices to remind them to renew their exemptions.

“This measure will not only save our seniors an extra headache, but also reduce paper and save vital taxpayer dollars,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Streamlining the process for Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption will cut the red tape and allow seniors to see savings without needless paperwork.”

The Senior Homestead exemption is an annual tax write off available for residential property where the occupant is at least 65 years of age.

Senate Bill 140 is assigned to the Senate’s Revenue Committee. Bertino-Tarrant expects to have a hearing in the coming weeks.

Bertino Tarrant2016cPLAINFIELD— To help put a stop to political waste, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) filed legislation today that would prohibit appointed short-term legislators from receiving taxpayer-funded stipends.

Bertino-Tarrant’s measure, Senate Bill 112, changes the General Assembly Compensation Act so that any member of the General Assembly who is appointed to the House of Representatives or Senate after May 31 of an even-numbered year may not receive additional salary for service as a chairman or minority spokesperson.

“Doling out frivolous taxpayer funded stipends is a blatant abuse of the public’s trust,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “We cannot afford to waste a single dime in our state’s budget. Tax dollars should be directed toward funding vital programs, not lining the pockets of political insiders.”

Bertino-Tarrant was astounded at news that a recent appointment made to fill a short-term gap for an outgoing senator not only received base pay, but also an extra stipend to serve on a committee that had no meetings scheduled.

“It’s absolutely crucial that the General Assembly work in a bipartisan manner to end waste,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “We need to root out all forms of abuse and send a message to those attempting to take advantage of Illinois’ taxpayers.”

Bertino-Tarrant hopes to have a hearing in the coming weeks on Senate Bill 112.

jbt kidsfair 2019 RSPLAINFIELD- State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is searching for community organizations and small businesses to participate in her free Kids’ Fair.

The fifth annual Kids’ Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, Feb. 18 at Troy Middle School (5800 W. Theodore St., Plainfield, IL.).

“We have a remarkable array of organizations that serve the children of Will County in extraordinary ways,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Our Kids’ Fair serves as a one-stop shop for children, parents, grandparents, educators and loved ones who would like to explore local services and organizations in our community.  This annual event is a free resource for area residents to learn more about the tremendous work vital community groups do to assist and improve the lives of young people.”

There are openings currently available for child-oriented community organizations that gear a majority of their work toward elementary school-aged children. Bertino-Tarrant invites interested organizations to register. Once registered and approved, interested participants will receive an email confirmation at a later date.

Registration is free. Click here to register.

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. Special events such as a martial arts demonstration, dance performances, tumbling demonstration and winter guard performance will also take place.

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

03012017CM0381WebPLAINFIELD— State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is praising Gov. JB Pritzker’s move to fight for working families across Illinois.

Earlier this week, Pritzker issued an executive order that will help close the pay gap for women and lift up middle class working families in the state by no longer asking prospective employees questions about their salary history.

“It’s plain and simple – a person’s salary should be based on their merit and experience,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The governor’s actions will help move us toward ending an ineffective system that discriminated against women, minorities and other disfranchised groups for generations. The next step is for us all to work together to institute a meaningful solution that takes his actions at the state level and expands it to all businesses in Illinois.”

Bertino-Tarrant has pledged to reintroduce her measure from the 100th General Assembly that would make it illegal for employers to ask their employees or job applicants about their previous wage or salary history. She plans to work with business groups such as the Illinois Retail Merchants Association to find a compromise that moves Illinois forward.

“It’s unfair to categorize all of Illinois’ businesses as malicious actors,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “There is a societal issue on hand that needs to be fixed with solid steps that guarantee all businesses do the right thing.”   

Bertino-Tarrant’s measure is similar to laws in Oregon and Massachusetts that will make it illegal to inquire about salary history, but it also seeks to promote the use of employer-driven self-evaluation plans so that individual employers can monitor their pay practices and seek to fix any wage disparity that is not based on merit, seniority, production or level of education.

The executive order will also require that the Department of Central Management Services and the Department of Human Rights shall review the state’s pay plan to eliminate bias generated by asking employees for salary history, which often disadvantages women, particularly women of color.

The measure has yet to be reintroduced in the 101st General Assembly.

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