Staycation along the Heritage Corridor RSPLAINFIELD — State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will be hosting a series of informative speakers throughout the summer.

The first speaker series event, Staycation along the Heritage Corridor, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 5 at the Presence Healing Arts Pavilion.

The discussion will be led by Bob Navarro, President and CEO from the Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau, and will cover tourism in Illinois as well as upcoming local events and festivals.

"Stay close to home and scope out opportunities to vacation locally," Bertino-Tarrant said. “Staycations help inject revenue into our communities in a variety of different ways. Take advantage of this free opportunity to learn about local tourist attractions in our own backyard.”  

Throughout the summer Bertino-Tarrant will host additional summer speaker series events. The topics of these seminars will be presented by the Heritage Corridor Convention and

Visitors Bureau, Illinois Rock & Roll Museum and the Will County Forest Preserve.

If you have additional questions regarding the speaker series, please contact Bertino-Tarrant's district office at (815) 254-4211.

Date: June 5, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Presence Healing Arts Pavilion (16615 S. Route 59, Plainfield)

Bertino Tarrant2016cSPRINFIELD— Will County Schools will receive additional school funding, thanks to a measure supported by State Senator Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood).
Bertino-Tarrant supported House Bill 109, which will allocate $350 million in additional funding for Illinois schools this year.

“This year we move one step closer toward ending inequality in Illinois’ classrooms. All children regardless of their zip code will be given an opportunity to be successful,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Funding schools the right way will move us toward lowering Will County property taxes.”

Bertino-Tarrant championed the monumental and bipartisan school funding mechanism outlined in Senate Bill 1947 established an evidence-based funding formula to dispense state dollars to public schools. The formula institutes a base funding minimum that serves as a hold harmless to ensure school districts do not lose state dollars year after year.

Any additional funding the General Assembly appropriates is distributed through a tier-based system that prioritizes the state’s poorest and most disadvantaged schools. The funding plan outlined in the law includes a minimum funding level of $350 million in additional funding each year, which the state will meet this year. The goal of Senate Bill 1947 is to meet the total statewide adequacy target over a period of time.

House Bill 109 also appropriates $50 million for early childhood education.

Bertino-Tarrant also supported House Bill 3342 which would prohibit legislators from receiving raises in Fiscal Year 2019.

“Legislators should not be receiving pay raises while the state’s bill backlog continues to climb,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This measure will ensure we work together to move the state toward fiscal stability and economic growth by directing vital tax payer dollars to where desperately needed.”

Bertino-Tarrant has refused a pay raise every year she has been in office.

11062017RT0026bRSSPRINGFIELD — Illinois taxpayers may soon have more transparency when it comes to their property taxes thanks to a measure passed by State Senator Jennifer Bertino Tarrant (D-Shorewood), Chair of the Senate Education Committee.

Bertino-Tarrant passed Senate Bill 3190 to require school districts to issue quarterly reports on the available cash on hand, funds in reserves and investments.

Senate Bill 3190 passed the Senate with bipartisan support on Wednesday and now heads to the House for consideration.

“School districts should not levy property taxes beyond their needs,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This new measure will require our schools to be transparent with their finances which will give taxpayers and the general assembly a real picture of the economic health of our schools.”

In 2017, the Daily Herald reported an analysis of financial records of 93 suburban school districts that showed 18 school districts had enough in reserve to cover more than a year of operating expenses.

The state board recommends a minimum of 25 percent of annual operating costs be held in reserve, but there is not a limit to the amount. All but eight of the 93 school districts had at least the minimum 25 percent, while more than two-thirds had 50 percent or more.

Last year, Bertino-Tarrant joined the General Assembly in passing monumental school funding reform which would reduce public schools’ reliance on local property tax dollars.

The new school funding mechanism outlined in Senate Bill 1947 established an evidence-based funding formula to dispense state dollars to public schools. The formula institutes a base funding minimum that ensures school districts do not lose state dollars year after year.

Any additional funding the General Assembly appropriates is distributed through a tier-based system that prioritizes the state’s poorest and most disadvantaged schools. The funding plan outlined in the new law includes a minimum funding level of $350 million in additional funding each year, with the goal of meeting the total statewide adequacy target over a period of time.

“As the new funding formula kicks in, we need to work toward ensuring property tax relief for families across Illinois,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Funding schools the right way should mean that folks see property tax bill savings.”

20180314 KS 3900 RSSPRINGFIELD – The United States Department of Education has designated Illinois a teacher shortage area, codifying an ongoing crisis that could cause irreversible damage to Illinois’ education ecosystem.

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is working to combat the crisis by supporting House Bill 5627, a bipartisan, multi-faceted approach to end the shortage.

“Teacher shortages are leading to larger class sizes and inadequate learning experiences for our children. This is simply unacceptable,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It’s important that we empower educators who want to teach in Illinois by implementing commonsense reforms to cut red tape and streamline the teacher licensure process.”

House Bill 5627 creates a short-term substitute teacher license to allow individuals with an associate degree or 60 hours of higher education coursework to substitute teach for up to five consecutive days.

The measure also creates reciprocity for out-of-state educators who have completed education programs, giving them the opportunity to teach in Illinois without duplicating the licensure process.

“Our hope is this bipartisan measure will help our schools fill these vacancies to ensure our children are receiving the best possible learning opportunities,” Bertino-Tarrant said.  

The Illinois State Board of Education supports House Bill 5627, which passed both chambers with bipartisan support and will head to the governor’s desk for final approval

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