2019 Summer Speaker SeriesRSJOLIET – Students and young adults are invited to attend a Self-Defense Seminar hosted by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant.

The free Self Defense Seminar is on Tuesday, July 9 starting 6:30 p.m. at the Joliet Public Library, Black Road Branch (3395 W. Black Rd, Joliet).

The interactive self-defense class will be taught by Illinois State Police Sergeant Shelley Cox, who will demonstrate safety techniques.

“It is beneficial for students and teens of all ages to know what to do in a potentially harmful situation,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “As students prepare to leave for college or basic self-awareness, this class will help condition your reflexes and awareness in the event of an attack.”

Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is continuing her three-part Summer Services to provide support to teens, college students and recent high school graduates.

The class is open to all young adults and college and high school students. To ensure there is ample space for all participants, prior registration is required. To register or receive further information, participants can call Bertino-Tarrant’s Plainfield Office at (815) 254-4211.

Date: July 9, 2019
Topic: Self-Defense Seminar
Location: Joliet Public Library – Black Road Branch (3395 W. Black Rd, Joliet)
Time: 6:30 p.m.

JBTPLAINFIELD – Veterans Assistance Commission of Will County will soon receive $130,000, thanks to State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant.

Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) helped fight for this crucial community organization to receive additional funding for dental services and a vehicle furnished with a lift to increase mobility for disabled veterans in need of transportation services.

“I believe it’s fitting to prioritize the veterans who took care of us,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The Veterans Assistance Commission of Will County is providing our community with exceptional service. This funding will help them expand services and take even better care of our servicemen and servicewomen.”

The Veterans Assistance Commission of Will County’s mission strives to protect, promote and provide services to Veterans as honorably and selflessly as possible.

“Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant is a huge supporter of veteran’s in Will County,” Kristi McNichol, Superintendent of Will County Veterans Assistance Commission said. “Each year she hosts a veterans’ appreciation breakfast, so we were not surprised when she thought of continuing to support our veterans with capital improvement funds. We have been in need of a van with a wheelchair lift and her phone call was the answer to many of our senior and disabled veterans’ prayers.”  

According to Barry Kolanowski, Executive Director SR Service Center of Will CO, the senior population in Will County will exceed 100,000 in 2020 and this funding will help the organization meet the senior veterans’ transportation needs as well as the county’s disabled veteran population.

“Dental care in general is important for preventative maintenance for overall healthcare” McNichol said. “One of the missions of the VAC is to prevent a crisis, from healthcare to housing. We are extremely grateful for the Senator taking the veterans of Will County’s needs into consideration when requesting additional funding from Springfield.”

June 19 Town HallRSBOLINGBROOK— Area legislators will host their annual town hall meeting to update local residents on important new laws from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19 at the Fountaindale Library.

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will be joined by State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Crest Hill), Representative Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) and Representative John Connor (D-Lockport) at the meeting.

“Our annual town hall meeting is a great opportunity for us to connect with residents and inform them about important legislation that was brought before the Illinois General Assembly this year,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Government works best when there is constant communication and local officials work together to tackle the vital issues we are facing in our communities.”

Lawmakers will be available to answer questions and give a brief update on legislative matters.

"This is a crucial year for Illinois residents,” McGuire said. “Please join us to hear about important new laws.”

The joint town hall meeting is free and open to the media and public. There are a number of important issues the General Assembly has tackled this year, such as passing a bipartisan budget that funds schools, local infrastructure improvements and stronger protections for sexual assault survivors.

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05072019CM0083RSPLAINFIELD – Illinois’ five-hour classroom time will now ensure students receive a balanced education, thanks to the Senate’s Education Chair Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant.

Bertino-Tarrant’s measure, Senate Bill 28, reinstates a minimum of 5 hours of instruction per day in schools, allowing exemptions for students enrolled in dual career, supervised career development experiences and youth apprenticeships.

This section was repealed in the Evidence Based Funding for Student Success Act trailer bill, leaving each school district to determine what counts as an instructional day. The fix was signed into law on Friday

“Utilizing technology in our curriculum helps our children learn better,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “In the 21st century, we need to continue to look for ways to incorporate innovative teaching methods to guarantee our children are prepared to compete in the modern world. However, there needs to be clear and concise guidelines in place to ensure students are receiving the best possible educational opportunities.”

Schools that have received approval from Illinois State Board of Education may still utilize e-learning days to satisfy school day requirements.
Bertino-Tarrant is committed to working with ISBE, educators and advocates to create a streamlined process that will allow school districts to utilize e-learning, especially in cases when schools are forced to cancel days in the classroom.

“E-learning is a valuable tool,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “We just need to make sure there are clear standards in place to prevent abuse of the program.”

Senate Bill 28 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support. The measure go into effect on July 1, 2019.



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