SB 2043 PictureSPRINGFIELD— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) voted today to give Gov. Bruce Rauner the authority to provide funding for Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants, community colleges and Illinois’ nine public universities.

“Though I am frustrated that the governor has been unwilling to fund higher education, I intend to continue supporting legislation that gives him an opportunity to honor the state’s commitment to students needing aid for college and demonstrate that higher education is a priority,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Bertino-Tarrant’s vote for student aid and higher education funding is part of a broader budget plan Senate Democrats passed out of the Senate today that will support job training programs, mental health services and programs that help seniors, such as home delivered meals.

“Initiatives that improve the quality of life for people throughout my district and across Illinois need to be funded,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Senate Bill 2059 also included funding for Adult Redeploy, which provides counties with incentives to create alternative programs, such as substance abuse treatment, so that non-violent offenders can get the help and rehabilitation they need and not have to go to prison.

 

JBT Satellite Office HoursROMEOVILLE— 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, March 24, at Romeoville Village Hall, 1050 W. Romeo Road.

“I’m holding this event so that the residents of Romeoville and nearby communities can receive assistance with state programs at a convenient location,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Community members are welcome to stop by Romeoville 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 Romeoville satellite office hours, please contact Samantha Marcum in Bertino-Tarrant’s district office at (815) 254-4211.

Romeoville Satellite Office Hours

Date: Thursday, March 24

Time: 9 to 10 a.m.

Location: Romeoville Village Hall

1050 W. Romeo Road

senatefloorSPRINGFIELD— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) has introduced legislation that would close a loophole in the state’s Sex Offender Registry Act.

Bertino-Tarrant’s proposal will allow the courts to require sex offender registration for a person convicted of battery in cases where the battery is sexually motivated.

“A perpetrator who commits a sexual offense should be held accountable and have to register as a sex offender,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

The senator’s legislation was filed in response to a case in her district.

Stephanie of Plainfield was 15 when a neighbor sexually abused her in his basement. Her mother, Tina Estopare, has been a strong advocate of the legislation, reaching out to legislators across the state.

The neighbor was convicted on two counts of misdemeanor battery and sentenced to 364 days in the Will County jail. However, he was released four months later before serving two years of supervised probation. He also did not have to register as a sex offender because battery is not an offense subject to sex offender registration.

Bertino-Tarrant’s initiative, Senate Bill 2201, will be heard by the Criminal Law Committee tomorrow.

JBT MAP GrantsSPRINGFIELD— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) voted today to override the legislation the governor vetoed that would release state funds for Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants and community colleges.

“My support for the override is straightforward,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It’s a priority of mine to ensure that students throughout my district have the aid they need to go to college and obtain a degree.”

Funding for higher education has been held up in the state’s budget impasse.

MAP grants provide financial aid to qualified students. However, due to the governor vetoing higher education budgets the legislature has sent him, funds haven’t been released from the state.

More than 100,000 students traditionally use MAP grants to afford higher education.

In fiscal year 2015, there were more than 2,000 Map grant recipients from Bertino-Tarrant’s district.

Community colleges have also not been receiving state aid.

But funding would be available to them under the plan Bertino-Tarrant voted for today.

With Bertino-Tarrant’s support, the override of Senate Bill 2043 was successful in the Senate.

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