jbt leaders meeting releasePLAINFIELD— State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) issued the following statement after today’s meeting between the governor and legislative leaders on the budget impasse:

“Today’s meeting was an important step. We’re not going to be able to compromise on tough issues and have a budget in place if the governor and leaders aren’t talking. I hope more meetings occur in the future. Concrete steps need to be taken to end this impasse as quickly as possible.”

gas taxJOLIET – Joliet-area motorists pay thousands of dollars in state gas taxes, but Springfield is holding on to the money instead of sending it back to help pay for road salt, snowplow repair, fixing potholes and other road projects and maintenance.

“This whole ordeal has been frustrating,” said State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, who represents Joliet and other communities in Will County in the Illinois Senate. “The money belongs to the community.”

Right now money can’t be sent to the communities without some kind of official authorization. In May, the Senate approved legislation containing that authorization, but it was vetoed by Gov. Rauner. The system has been at a standstill ever since.

In 2014, Joliet received more than $3.6 million in gas tax money. Across Will County, local governments received more than $21 million in gas tax money last year.

Other area communities received the following amounts in 2014:

•Bolingbrook    ($1,816,318)

•Channahon    ($310,947)

•Crest Hill       ($515,860)

For more information on how much local communities are owed in gas tax money, you can open this link http://ilsendems.co/1R5ajOg.

Bertino-Tarrant and other Illinois Senate Democrats tried to prevent this problem from occurring. In early September, the Senate approved a plan that would have provided the authority needed to send along the gas tax money. Senate Democrats provided the 36 votes needed to approve it. At the direction of Gov. Rauner, all Republicans opposed the legislation.

The legislation – SB 2046 – remains pending in the Illinois House.

“The governor should have never vetoed legislation allowing the gas tax money to be spent,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It belongs in our district.”

Traughber Junior High VisitOSWEGO- State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) spoke to students from Traughber Junior High on Tuesday. The students are working on a research paper about state government. Bertino-Tarrant answered questions the students prepared about Illinois government.

“Having conversations with young people about state government and my activities in the legislature is one of my favorite aspects of the job,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The students from Traughber Junior High were eager to learn, and I enjoyed talking to them.”

JBT Fall Satellite Office Hours 2OSWEGO— State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant’s (D-Shorewood) next fall satellite office hours will take place in Oswego.

Oswego satellite office hours will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, November 19, at Oswego Village Hall, 100 Parkers Mill.

Area residents are welcome to stop by Oswego Village Hall to work with her staff and receive assistance with numerous services.

Community members can receive assistance with FOID card applications, food stamp issuance, health care, veteran or disability issues, Medicare paperwork, foreclosure prevention assistance and much more.

If you have additional questions regarding Oswego satellite office hours, please contact Samantha Marcum in Bertino-Tarrant’s district office at (815) 254-4211.

Oswego Satellite Office Hours

Date: Thursday, November 19

Time: 9 to 10 a.m.

Location: Oswego Village Hall

100 Parkers Mill

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