JBT-WeberThe Weber Road interchange running through Will and DuPage counties is known by residents and commuters as one of the most heavily congested areas in all of Chicagoland. 

Legislation, sponsored by Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant in the Senate and Representative Natalie Manley in the House, signed into law by the governor on Monday will remove one of the final obstacles holding back the Interstate 55 and Weber Road interchange construction project that is intended to ease traffic.

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JBT-friends of education awardLast week, Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) received the Will County Friends of Education Award from the Will County Regional Office of Education.

“I am honored to have received this award from the Will County Regional Office of Education,” Senator Bertino-Tarrant said.  “It is gratifying to know they support the work I am trying to do in Springfield.”

The Friends of Education Award recognizes an individual, business, or organization for an innovative or unique contribution that directly supports the mission of excellence in teaching and learning, student achievement and safe schools.

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JBT-Gun2The Illinois State Police has launched a concealed carry website to provide the public with information regarding the Concealed Carry application process.

The new website provides citizens interested in concealed carry licensure with additional information that will assist with eligibility requirements, application fees, training requirements, official forms, information for firearms instructors, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Interested applicants can obtain an Illinois Digital Identification (Digital ID) and electronic fingerprinting prior to Jan. 5 through the State of Illinois Department of Central Management Services.

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JBT-PensionReformYesterday, a pension reform bill passed the General Assembly that adversely affects seniors and retirees in Illinois.

After various pension reform proposals failed to make significant movement last spring, a bi-partisan pension conference committee was tasked with developing a compromise between both parties and both chambers. Yesterday’s legislation reflects all of the concessions of the democratic members of the committee and fails to address the one requirement that Senate Democrats, like Senator Bertino-Tarrant, have stressed since the beginning of pension reform negotiations—that is, fair treatment for those who were already retired.

“Through support of other legislation, as well as numerous meetings with stakeholders, I have held fast to my position to protect retirees who now have no way to change their fiscal futures,” Senator Bertino-Tarrant said. 

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