caffeine powderPLAINFIELD— It will soon be illegal for toxic caffeine powder to be sold to anyone under age 18 in Illinois.

The new law was sponsored by State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) in response to the death of 18-year-old Logan Stiner of Ohio from a caffeine powder overdose.

According to local reports, Stiner was found by his brother, collapsed on the floor of his home. The same day his brother found him, his mother discovered several bags of caffeine powder in their house. Sadly, Stiner, a popular student-athlete, was one week away from graduating from high school.

The county coroner’s report said that Stiner suffered cardiac arrhythmia and a seizure as a result of ingesting toxic amounts of caffeine. One teaspoon of the powder is equal to drinking approximately 25 cups of coffee.

In order to prevent a death like Stiner’s from occurring in Illinois, Bertino-Tarrant championed the new law making it illegal for toxic caffeine powder to be sold to anyone under age 18.

“Logan Stiner’s death was a tragedy, and I wanted to be proactive about preventing minors in Illinois from being able to use a substance that, by simple mistake, could be deadly,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Powdered caffeine is nearly 100 percent pure caffeine and difficult to measure with common kitchen tools.

Senate Bill 9 is effective Jan. 1, 2016.

Satellite Office Hours DecemberROMEOVILLE— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will be holding satellite office hours in Romeoville next week.

Romeoville satellite office hours will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at Romeoville Village Hall, 1050 W. Romeo Road.

“The 49th District is large, and my district office is too far away for many residents to conveniently access,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Satellite office hours give the residents of Romeoville and nearby communities an opportunity to discuss state issues and programs at an accommodating location.”

Residents are welcome to stop by the Romeoville Village Hall to work with her staff and receive assistance with numerous services.

Attendees can receive help with FOID card applications, food stamp issuance, health care, veteran or disability issues, Medicare paperwork, foreclosure prevention assistance and much more.

If you have additional questions regarding Romeoville satellite office hours, please contact Samantha Marcum in Bertino-Tarrant’s district office at (815) 254-4211.

Romeoville Satellite Office Hours

Date: Thursday, Dec. 17

Time: 9 to 10 a.m.

Location: Romeoville Village Hall

1050 W. Romeo Road

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.



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