5.18.2019 Pet Expo FlyerARSPLAINFIELD – State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is searching for local pet and animal businesses and organizations to participate in her 5th Annual Pet Expo.

The pet expo is from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 18, at Clow Stephens Dog Park (16676 S. Lily Cache Rd, Plainfield, IL).

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

“I’m excited to provide an informative event that connects local businesses and organizations with families to provide the best possible care to our furry friends,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “As a dog owner, I understand the role our pets play in our families. Feel free to bring your dogs and cats for a fun-filled event.”

There are openings currently available for local pet businesses and animal organizations. Bertino-Tarrant invites interested businesses and organizations to click here to register. 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.

For more information, please call Bertino-Tarrant’s office at 815-254-4211.

Pet Expo

Date: Saturday, May 18
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Location: Clow Stephens Dog Park (16676 S. Lily Cache Rd., Plainfield, IL)

Sen. Bertino-TarrantSPRINGFIELD – The temporary appointees who fill vacant seats in the General Assembly and often serve on committees which never meet in the interim period should not be paid an extra stipend, said State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood), who passed legislation to that effect on Thursday.

Bertino-Tarrant’s measure, Senate Bill 112, prohibits short-term appointed lawmakers from receiving taxpayer-funded stipends. It would apply to any member of the General Assembly who is appointed to the House of Representatives or Senate after May 31 of an even-numbered year, and prohibit them from receiving additional salary for service as a chairman or minority spokesman.

“Handing out careless taxpayer-funded stipends is an obvious abuse of vital state funds,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “We cannot afford to waste a single dime in our state’s budget. Tax dollars should be directed toward funding vital programs, not lining the pockets of political insiders.”

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JBT Coffee and Conversation 4.24.19PLAINFIELD — Local residents will have an opportunity to share concerns with State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) on April 24 at her Coffee and Conversation.

Bertino-Tarrant will be hosting another coffee and conversation this month in Plainfield.

Coffee and conversation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24, at Blueberry Hill Café (15521 Rt. 59) in Plainfield.

“We are considering a number of big issues in Springfield this legislative session,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “These monthly events give local residents an opportunity to share their concerns and opinions with me on these big button issues that greatly impact our communities.”

This event offers discussion in a more casual environment and allows local residents to voice their concerns regarding important state issues.

If residents have additional questions regarding the coffee and conversation, please contact Bertino-Tarrant’s district office at (815) 254-4211 for more information.

20180314 KS 3900 RSSPRINGFIELD – Criminals targeting Illinois’ most vulnerable citizens may soon face tougher penalties, thanks to State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood).
Bertino-Tarrant passed Senate Bill 69 which institutes tougher penalties on Class 2 felony offenses against an elderly person or a person with a disability.

“There are malicious criminals cheating our seniors every day,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “To discourage this rising epidemic, we need to put laws in place to protect the financial and emotional well-being of Illinois’ seniors and people with disabilities.”

Senate Bill 69 expands the Class 2 felony offense of theft by deception of more than $5,000 to include offenses committed against a person with a disability.

It also clearly states that consent cannot be used as a defense in a case of financial exploitation of an elderly person or person with a disability if the accused knew or should have known that the victim lacked the ability to consent.

Scam artists perceive senior citizens as vulnerable and relatively wealthy due to their ability to access retirement accounts and pensions, which makes them a prime target.

A 2015 report estimated that older Americans lose $36.5 billion each year to financial scams and abuse.

“It is easier to financially exploit aging senior citizens who live alone than to rob a bank,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “And unfortunately, this makes them a less risky target. It’s important that we educate seniors, family members and community stake holders so they are aware of the latest scams and warning signs of financial exploitation.”

Bertino-Tarrant urges seniors to reach out to the Attorney General’s Office to report consumer fraud scams by calling the free hotline at 1-800-243-5377 or 1-800-964-3013 (TTY).

Senate Bill 69 passed the Senate with bipartisan support and now heads to the House for consideration.

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