Veterans BreakfastPLAINFIELD— State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) and State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) will be holding a Veterans’ Breakfast next month.

The event will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 21, at the Plainfield American Legion, 24741 W. Renwick Rd.

“I look forward to joining our local veterans and sharing available resources,” Sen. Bertino-Tarrant said. “In addition, I am confident attendees will be inspired by Major Lowder’s initiatives for the veteran community.”

Representatives from the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Kendall County Veterans Assistance Commission, U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs Vet Center and the Will County Veterans Assistance Commission will be on hand to discuss services and programs they offer.

"Serving in elected office carries a special obligation to help the men and women who served in America's military because it's due to their sacrifice that our democracy continues to exist," Sen. McGuire said.

The Veterans’ Breakfast will also feature guest speaker USMC Major Charles “Lynn” Lowder, whose organization 1 Vet At A Time helps entrepreneurial veterans start their own businesses.

"Our veterans are hard-wired for success in business,” said Major Lowder. “They just need someone to give them a chance.”

Veterans wanting to attend the breakfast are asked to RSVP with Samantha in Bertino-Tarrant’s Plainfield office at (815) 254-4211.

Veterans’ Breakfast                                            

Date: Wednesday, October 21

Time: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Location: Plainfield American Legion

               24741 W. Renwick Rd.


Medicare WorkshopSHOREWOOD— State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) and the AARP will be holding a Medicare 101 Workshop next month.

The event will take place on Tuesday, October 6, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Troy Township Community Center, 25448 W. Seil Road, Shorewood, 60604.

“I am excited to be holding another event with AARP,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This workshop will serve as a one-stop location for individuals and families to get their questions answered about Medicare.”

The AARP will have staff on hand to discuss Medicare and help people get signed up for the program. Additionally, information will be provided regarding how the Affordable Care Act impacts Medicare beneficiaries.

Medicare is the federal health insurance program that provides care for people 65 or older and people under 65 with certain disabilities.

Registration is required for the Medicare 101 Workshop. To register, you can call 1-877-926-8300 or click here.

Refreshments will be served at the workshop.

Medicare 101 Workshop

Date: Tuesday, October 6

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Troy Township Community Center

                     25448 W. Seil Road

                     Shorewood, 60604

heroin releaseSPRINGFIELD— Senator Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) voted today to override the governor’s veto of legislation intended to combat heroin use.

Since an override was approved in the House and today in the Senate, House Bill 1 has become law.

“Will County has been working to address its heroin epidemic for several years, and this new law is intended to help prevent tragedies from occurring in our community,” said Bertino-Tarrant. “It includes policy recommendations from several sources, including affected family members and addicts, law enforcement agencies, judges and doctors.”

Under this law, public safety professionals will receive training on how to administer Naloxone. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, can save lives by reversing the effects of an overdose from heroin or opioids.

This new law will help make drug court available to more people and expands insurance coverage for drug rehabilitative services.

This legislation was proposed in response to the significant increase in heroin and opioid- related overdoses and deaths over the last 10 years.

Bertino-Tarrant, a co-sponsor of the measure in the Illinois Senate, has served as the co-chairman of the Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force and hosted local heroin prevention forums in the community.

House Bill 1 is effective immediately.

Town Hall 9 23SHOREWOOD— State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will host a town hall meeting to discuss state issues on Wednesday, Sept. 23. The meeting will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Shorewood-Troy Library (650 Deerwood Drive, Shorewood, 60404).

In the absence of a budget being approved by the governor, Bertino-Tarrant is interested in meeting with residents to hear their thoughts on the impasse in Springfield.

“I continue to support the state having a full year’s budget that funds essential services and helps the middle class,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I wish to give residents an opportunity to ask questions about the budget and other topics.”

In addition to taking questions on the budget, Bertino-Tarrant hopes to discuss legislation from this session that is of interest to community members.

The town hall meeting is open to the public. For more information, or to submit questions ahead of time, please contact Bertino-Tarrant’s Plainfield office at 815-254-4211 or email

Legislative Town Hall Meeting

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 23

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

Location: Shorewood-Troy Library

               650 Deerwood Drive

               Shorewood, IL 60585



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