Pet Expo FlyerPLAINFIELD— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will host a fun, educational event for area animal lovers and families.

Bertino-Tarrant’s Pet Expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Clow Stephens Dog Park, 16676 S. Lily Cache Rd., Plainfield.

“As a dog owner, I know firsthand how important pets are to our families,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I am excited for this event and look forward to meeting all of the people and pets in attendance.”

Local animal businesses will be on hand to showcase their services. Information will also be distributed to attendees regarding recent animal legislation.

Anyone going to the pet expo is encouraged to bring their pets. Nail Trimming for pets will be available. Photos can also be taken at the event of people with their animals.

Pet Expo

Date: Saturday, May 14

Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Clow Stephens Dog Park

16676 S. Lily Cache Rd., Plainfield

 

Higher Ed Agreement PicturePLAINFIELD — State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) issued the following statement after the governor signed Senate Bill 2059 into law, which provides short-term funding for public universities, community colleges and Monetary Award Program grants that help middle-class students afford college:

I’m grateful that the governor has signed the legislature’s bipartisan proposal that will keep state universities open and provide grants to students who need help affording college. But there is more work to do moving forward. We need a long-term solution that protects our students and universities from being held hostage by the impasse in Springfield. I’m also hoping that the governor and legislature will work in a bipartisan fashion to get a human services budget enacted that allows social service agencies to keep their doors open.

 

senatefloorSPRINGFIELD— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is working this year to ensure that more funding is available for substance abuse treatment initiatives.

Under Bertino-Tarrant’s plan, money taken from drug-related crimes may be used for public education programs in schools and in the community. These programs will focus on preventing students and others from misusing drugs and alcohol.

“It’s important that drug money seized by law enforcement be utilized in a meaningful way,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “One important way it can be used is to help educate our students on the problems associated with abusing drugs and alcohol.”

This legislation is part of a broader effort the senator has undertaken in recent years to combat drug addiction. Bertino-Tarrant served as the co-chairwoman of the Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force and hosted heroin prevention forums in her district. She also supported House Bill 1, a law designed to comprehensively address the significant increase in heroin and opioid related overdoses and deaths over the past 10 years.

Bertino-Tarrant’ proposal, Senate Bill 212, recently passed out of the Illinois Senate. It now advances to the Illinois House for consideration.

 

JBT MAP GrantsSPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) issued the following statement after the Illinois Senate approved Senate Bill 2059, which provides short-term funding for public universities, community colleges and Monetary Award Program grants that help middle class students afford college:

I am happy and relieved that the legislature approved funding for higher education that the governor has said he will sign. But there is still more work to be done. I want to see a long-term solution that ensures students in my district don’t have to live in fear of their education being threatened by the dysfunction in Springfield.

It’s also imperative that human services agencies get the funding they need to keep their doors open. Today, I voted for a proposal that included funding for programs that help seniors, the addicted and homeless. We have already gone too long and can’t wait any longer for a human services budget.

Senate Bill 2059 will go to the governor’s desk for final approval. Senate Bill 2047, which included funding for human services, will go to the Illinois House for approval.

 

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