04252017CM1305rPLAINFIELD- Illinois taxpayers will now have a new tool to see if state agencies pay their bills in a timely manner.

House Bill 3649, supported State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood), which requires state agencies to provide a more accurate accounting of bills and late payment interest penalties accruing will go into effect on the first day of the New Year.

“Taxpayers deserve to know how their money is spent,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This new law will lead to responsible accounting and a good step in building the taxpayer’s trust in state agencies and services.”

Currently, state law requires that on October 1 agencies report the annual total of bills that were unpaid as of June 30.” The comptroller’s office then publishes the outdated information on their website.

Bertino-Tarrant believes real-time reporting will allow state agencies, financial officers and the Illinois General Assembly to make better financial decisions. The state’s unprecedented fiscal challenges require a full weighing of outstanding vouchers and the ramifications of an increasing unpaid bill backlog.

Once in effect, House Bill 3649 will require state agencies to report the amount of unpaid bills, whether that amount was appropriated or not, and an estimate of interest penalties accumulated on a monthly basis.

“Open books will lead to accurate and transparent accounting,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The State of Illinois needs to promote the responsible use of public dollars to guarantee every cent is spent wisely and reliably.”

Senate and House worked in a bipartisan manner to override the governor’s veto during the fall veto session.

05262017AM3381RSPLAINFIELD- State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) has joined the fight to protect Illinois residents’ personal information.

Bertino-Tarrant is supporting legislation, Senate Bill 2273, to end the State of Illinois’ practice of sharing voter data with any interstate voter registration program that will not properly protect the residents of the 49th State Senate District’s personal information

“Illinois citizens divulge sensitive information when they register to vote,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “They are entrusting the State of Illinois to protect their personal data from cybersecurity breaches that can make them susceptible to identity theft and threats to their financial security. It is absolutely imperative that we honor this trust and only give secure entities access to their information.”

The Illinois Board of Elections currently subscribes to two national voter database systems designed to help election authorities identify voters who may be registered in more than one state: The Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) and the Interstate Crosscheck System (Crosscheck).

Last month, a joint committee heard testimony from Shawn Davis, a faculty member at the Illinois Institute of Technology Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education. Davis testified that the Crosscheck system has several security concerns that make personal information easily accessible.  While most websites handling sensitive information use secure file transmission networks called SFTPs, Crosscheck uses an unsecured network system.

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05092017CM0307PLAINFIELD- State Senator Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is disappointed in the U.S. Senate’s approval of President Trump’s changes to the federal tax code that will hurt families across the 49th State Senate District.

The plan would benefit wealthy corporations at the expense of hardworking Illinois families. It is projected to increase the federal deficit anywhere from $1 to $1.78 trillion, according to figures released by the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation.

“Under Trump’s tax plan, hardworking families across our district will be forced to pay more in order to give extravagant tax breaks to corporate businesses and the one percent.” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The enormous deficit generated by Trump’s outrageous tax cuts will not grow the economy at a pace that justifies the costs. I urge the federal government to not to give corporate businesses handouts on the backs of Illinois taxpayers.”   

Trump’s plan eliminates tax credits and benefits that help families across Illinois. For example, under current law, taxpayers can deduct their state income taxes and local property taxes. This deduction prevents families from being double taxed, once by the federal government and again by the state.

Last year, nearly 2 million Illinoisans – roughly one-third of all taxpayers in the state – claimed more than $24 billion in state and local tax deductions.

“Illinoisans rely on these essential tax deductions to avoid being double taxed,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It’s our duty to stand up for working class families in our great state and oppose proposals that tax residents unfairly.”

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12 14 17 Flyer 5 rsSHOREWOOD— State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is hosting a Coffee and Conversation in Shorewood this month.  

Shorewood Coffee and Conversation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 14 at the Shorewood-Troy Library (650 Deerwood Drive, Shorewood, IL).

Bertino-Tarrant hopes area residents will take advantage of the casual environment to ask questions and share legislative ideas for the 2018 legislative session.

“I’m in the process of preparing legislative initiatives and ideas for the next legislative session,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Our Shorewood Coffee and Conversation is a good way for area residents to share their ideas and voice their opinions on important issues in our communities and state.  These personal conversations help me better represent our district.”

In addition, Village Trustee, Barbara “Cookie” Kirkland, will join Senator Bertino-Tarrant to address local questions and concerns.

If you have additional questions regarding coffee and conversation, please contact Bertino-Tarrant’s district office at (815) 254-4211.

Coffee and Conversation                                                                                                                                                        

Date: Thursday, December 14
Time: 9 to 10 a.m.
Location: Shorewood-Troy Library (650 Deerwood Drive, Shorewood, IL)

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