senatefloorWith my support, the Senate approved legislation today that will authorize the state to release state gasoline tax revenues, 911 emergency services funding and dollars for other essential programs.

State transportation officials haven’t provided exact numbers on how much communities are owed in gas tax dollars. However, across Will County local governments received more than $21 million in gas tax money last year. In Kendall County, local governments received more than $3 million.

This legislation has already passed the House, so it will now go to the governor’s desk for final approval.

Today was an important step in getting money for our communities released, and I look forward to the governor signing this measure into law.

JBT SB 2039 ReleasePLAINFIELD— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) issued the following statement in response to the Illinois House voting to release $3.1 billion in spending that has been held up by the budget impasse in Springfield.

“Yesterday’s action was a step in the right direction. This authorization will ensure local governments receive funding needed to pay for emergency services, road projects and other essential programs. I pledge to vote for it when it comes before the Senate.”

The Senate must pass the legislation, House Amendment 4 to Senate Bill 2039, so that it can be sent to the governor for final approval. A vote on the authorization is scheduled to take place Monday, Dec. 7. Bertino-Tarrant is a Chief Co-Sponsor of the legislation.

The legislation includes the following components.

•$582.5 million to IDOT for local governments share of motor fuel gas tax revenues.

•$77 million for 911-related costs.

•$1 billion to the Lottery for prizes.

•$43 million to the Community College Board for career and technical education activities.

•$45 million to the Dept of Revenue so local governments can receive their share of video gaming proceeds.

•$3.1 million to the Illinois Math and Science Academy to allow them to access their income funds and pay operating costs.

•$31 million to IDOT to purchase road salt.

•$2.5 million for breast cancer services and research.

•$28 million for nursing home licensing and inspections.

•$165 million for home heating bill assistance.

•$3.1 million to the Illinois Department of Public Health for the Tobacco Quitline.

Town Hall December 15OSWEGO— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will hold a town hall meeting to discuss state issues on Tuesday, Dec. 15. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Oswego Public Library, 34 W. Jefferson St.

“I continue to host town halls because they give me an opportunity to have an open conversation with people throughout my district about topics that are important to them,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

During the town hall, the senator will answer questions from attendees regarding state legislation, the budget and other issues they want to discuss.

The town hall meeting is open to the public. Anyone with questions or concerns is welcome to join Bertino-Tarrant for a candid conversation about state and local government issues.

For more information, or to submit questions ahead of time, please contact Bertino-Tarrant’s district office at (815) 254-4211 or email bertinotarrant49@att.net.

Legislative Town Hall Meeting

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 15

Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Oswego Public Library

34 W. Jefferson St.

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.”

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