JBT 2016 Shorewood Town Hall FlyerSHOREWOOD— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will hold a town hall meeting on Wednesday, April 27. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Shorewood-Troy Public Library, 650 Deerwood Drive, Shorewood.

“I’m looking forward to having an opportunity to talk to community members about what I’m working on in Springfield and receiving feedback regarding the state budget and other issues,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

During the town hall, the senator will answer questions from attendees regarding state and local matters.

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: Wednesday, April 27

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

Location: Shorewood-Troy Public Library

650 Deerwood Drive


jbt alz 0416 2SPRINGFIELD- State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) met with constituents for the Alzheimer Association’s 2016 Illinois Action Summit yesterday. The people Bertino-Tarrant met with were in the Capitol to advocate for public policies that will improve the needs of Alzheimer’s patients, family members and caregivers.

“It was nice to meet people from my district who are passionate about finding ways to help Alzheimer’s patients and their families,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This disease impacts so many of us in the State of Illinois.”

One of Bertino-Tarrant’s priorities is supporting good Alzheimer’s public policies. This year, the senator is co-sponsoring Senate Bill 2301, which creates minimum training standards for all residential and community-based programs that offer dementia care.

“We truly appreciate Senator Bertino-Tarrant taking some time to hear our community’s concerns and ideas to make Illinois a dementia-capable state,” said Jen Belkov, Vice-President of Public Policy for the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. “We need more champions like Senator Bertino-Tarrant who have been vocal for the services many Illinoisans suffering from Alzheimer’s depend on.”


JBT Satellite Office Hours OswegoOSWEGO— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will be holding satellite office hours in Oswego.

Oswego satellite office hours will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, April 21, at Oswego Village Hall, 100 Parkers Mill.

“This event is designed to bring my district office to a location that is closer to residents of Oswego and nearby communities,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Community members are welcome to stop by Oswego Village Hall to work with the senator’s staff and receive assistance with different services.

Attendees can receive help with FOID card applications, food stamp issuance, health care, veterans 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, April 21

Time: 9 to 10 a.m.

Location: Oswego Village Hall

100 Parkers Mill


senatefloorSPRINGFIELD— A parent whose child has a serious medical condition can receive time off from work under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). However, that same parent would not be allowed under FMLA to take time off for the death of a child.

In fact, the average bereavement leave for a person who loses a child is three days according to a researcher at Arizona State University.

State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is working to make it mandatory that parents who lose a child can be eligible to get time off work to grieve.

“Losing a child is one of the most horrific tragedies that could happen to any parent, and the last thing he or she needs to worry about is being approved for time off work to mourn,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Under FMLA, employees are entitled to up to three months a year of unpaid leave for the birth of the child, adoption or to care for themselves or a spouse, child or parent with a serious health condition.

Bertino-Tarrant’s proposal, Senate Bill 2613, expands FMLA coverage by ensuring that employees who lose a child will be provided with four weeks of unpaid bereavement leave. This time can be used to make arrangements, attend the funeral and grieve their child’s death.

If signed into law, Illinois would join Oregon as the only states to mandate that employers are required to provide leave to employees who request it after the death of a child.

FMLA applies to all state, local and federal employers as well as schools and private sector employers who employ 50 or more employees for at least 20 workweeks in a year.

To qualify for FMLA leave, an employee must have worked for their employer for one year and worked at least 1,250 hours.

Bertino-Tarrant’s proposal passed out of the Labor Committee today.




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