04252017CM1305rSPRINGFIELD- State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) continues to push for proper funding of Illinois’ schools.

A bill she sponsors will continue that effort by prohibiting the diversion of public funds to scholarship tax programs in any calendar year unless the state has appropriated the $300 million in added education funding required annually by the new school funding formula.

“The state has a constitutional responsibility to fund public education, and this will do so without hurting private schools,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The state must meet the minimum funding formula before we hand out tax credits to wealthy donors and corporations.”

Bertino-Tarrant introduced the bill in response to a 5-year tax credit scholarship pilot program which allows individuals and companies that donate to private school scholarship organizations to receive tax credits up to 75 percent of the amount donated.

Senate Bill 2236 prohibits those tax credits in any year the minimum funding level is not met. Bertino-Tarrant stressed this bill does not eliminate the Invest in Kids Act, it simply holds legislators accountable and increases transparency in the use of taxpayer dollars for rebates to wealthy donors.

“As a mother, educator and a product of Catholic schools, I am a fierce advocate of giving our children the best possible educational opportunities, but we should not be working toward weakening the infrastructure of public schools across our communities,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This scholarship program, as it stands, is not a tax credit for working families to send their children to private schools – it is designed to incentivize donors.”

Bertino-Tarrant said the General Assembly and the public were not given enough time to consider the merits of the program before a vote last year.

“After five years of negotiations, the Invest in Kids program was rammed into the legislation at the eleventh hour without proper vetting by legislators or the public,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “There is a lack of transparency within the program that doesn’t allow the taxpayers of Illinois to know who is receiving state dollars.”

Credits awarded are capped at $1 million per taxpayer and $75 million statewide, but there is no mechanism that allows the public to see who is receiving taxpayer funded tax credits.

“I will continue to introduce this measure until our schools are properly funded as agreed on in the bipartisan school funding reform,” Bertino-Tarrant said.  “Otherwise children across our state will never see an end to the rampant disparities in school resources and funding we see today.”

School Funding 2018 Bertino Largest2SmallestPLAINFIELD - Public schools across the 49th State Senate District will receive more than $22 million in new money under Illinois’ school funding formula overhaul, an initiative supported by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood).

The Illinois State Board of Education has started to issue vouchers to the state comptroller that clear the way for school districts around the state to begin receiving money under Illinois’ new evidence-based model of funding public schools.

The distribution – which is based on detailed enrollment figures, district-specific student learning needs, available local resources and 27 other elements– is the first step toward right-sizing state support for every school district. No schools will ever receive less state funding than they do today under the new plan.

20180314 KS 3900 RSSPRINGFIELD – A new measure in the Illinois Senate aims to give veterans the tools to launch business start-ups in Illinois.

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is the sponsor of the measure, Senate Bill 43, which strengthens the veteran small business loan program that was enacted last legislative session under her leadership.

Senate Bill 43 ties up a technicality to allow for the administration of loans and expands upon the existing program to help encourage Illinois’ veterans to open up shop in communities across the state. It will also allow the Illinois Finance Authority to administer an increase in low-interest agri-business loans.

“Illinois’s economy relies heavily on small businesses,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Expanding the scope of this vital veterans loan program will help encourage our returning heroes to consider a profession in agriculture.”

Nearly half of World War II veterans and 40 percent of Korean War veterans went on to own or operate a business, according to Syracuse University‘s Institute for Veterans and MilitaryFamilies. But now less than seven percent of returning veterans own their own businesses, in part because veterans have fewer resources than their predecessors did.

“Our veterans have made great sacrifices for our country,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It’s our duty to empower them to channel the life skills and training they received in the field as they transition back to civilian life.”

Senate Bill 43 passed out of the Illinois Senate Commerce and Economic Development Committee Thursday with bipartisan support and will move to the full Senate for consideration.  

Bertino-Tarrant urges veterans to visit www.il-fa.com to learn more about this veteran loan program or contact her Plainfield office at (815) 254-4211 for more information.

2018 Pet Expo Flyer d2PLAINFIELD- State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is searching for local pet and animal businesses and organizations to participate in her free Pet Expo.

The pet expo is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 at Clow Stephens Dog Park (16676 S. Lily Cache Rd, Plainfield, IL).

The pet expo provides area residents a free and fun educational event for animal lovers and families

“As a dog owner, I understand firsthand the importance that pets play in our everyday lives and in our families.” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I look forward to hosting this event every year and I am excited to join families and their pets from our community.”

There are openings currently available for local pet businesses and animal organizations. Bertino-Tarrant invites interested businesses and organizations to register at www.SenatorBertinoTarrant.com. Once registered and approved, interested participants will receive an email confirmation at a later date.

Registration is free.

Local animal businesses will be on hand to showcase their services. Information will also be distributed to attendees regarding recent animal legislation.
Anyone going to the pet expo is encouraged to bring their pets. Nail Trimming for pets will be available. Photos can also be taken at the event of people with their animals.
For more information please call Bertino-Tarrant’s office at (815) 254-4211 or visit www.SenatorBertinoTarrant.com

Pet Expo

Date: Saturday, May 12

Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Clow Stephens Dog Park (16676 S. Lily Cache Rd., Plainfield, IL)

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