SB 2043 PicturePLAINFIELD — Senate Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Rauner’s veto of higher education funding, Senate Bill 2043:

I’m disheartened by the governor’s decision. He’s once again demonstrated that giving students an opportunity to receive an affordable higher education isn’t a priority to him.

Approved JBT 2016 Kids Fair pictureOn Presidents Day when school was not in session, State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) held a fun, educational event for area students.

More than 50 organizations participated in Bertino-Tarrant’s Kids’ Fair.

Children in attendance were entertained by storytelling, live animals, crafts, treats, mascots and characters. Free haircuts were also provided and special events, such as a martial arts demonstration, dance performance and musical performance by DUCAP’s Rise UP, also occurred.

“I would like to thank all of the children, parents and organizations that participated in my Kids’ Fair,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This event was a collaborative community effort to ensure students throughout my district could be entertained at a safe location.”

Bertino-Tarrant plans on hosting the Kids’ Fair again next year.

Details on Bertino-Tarrant’s other events this year can be found on the upcoming events section of her website.

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

Joliet satellite office hours will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Joliet Public Library, Black Road Branch, 3395 Black Road.

“With my district office in Plainfield, I wanted to have office hours at a location that is more accessible to area residents,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Community members are welcome to stop by the Joliet Public Library to work with the senator’s 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 Joliet satellite office hours, please contact Samantha Marcum in Bertino-Tarrant’s district office at (815) 254-4211.

Joliet Satellite Office Hours

Date: Thursday, Feb. 25

Time: 9 to 10 a.m.

Location: Joliet Public Library

Black Road Branch

3395 Black Road

IL School Psychologist Association AwardSPRINGFIELD— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) has received an award from the Illinois School Psychologists Association in appreciation of her sponsoring legislation that supports schools and schoolchildren in Illinois.

Bertino-Tarrant worked with the Illinois School Psychologists Association in 2014 to get a law approved that makes it easier for school psychologists and other school support personnel to become principals.

“I was proud to work with the Illinois School Psychologists Association to make it easier for school psychologists to serve as principals,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I am grateful to receive this award, and I look forward to continued collaborations with the association on issues that will help our students and schools.”

House Bill 5286, which Bertino-Tarrant sponsored, allows school psychologists who have four or more years’ experience to become principals. They would also still have to complete a principal preparation program and have a master’s degree or higher.



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