Breast Cancer Month FBPLAINFIELD – During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant encourages Will County residents to check with their health care providers to learn more about the disease, discuss their concerns and develop the right plan for breast cancer screenings -- because early detection can save lives.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers.

“It is vital that we work as a community to educate our friends and family on the importance of creating a health plan that works with an individual’s lifestyle and history,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “One in 8 women in the nation will develop breast cancer in their lifetimes. It is important that we raise awareness and are equipped with the knowledge to detect breast cancer at its earliest stages.”

According to a study by the Illinois Department of Public Health, 26 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Illinois each day.

Bertino-Tarrant worked with her colleagues in the General Assembly to pass two initiatives to increase and improve breast cancer care this year.

She co-sponsored Senate Bill 162 which will expand insurance coverage for diagnostic mammogram. The new law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

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Shred Medicine Sept 002ROMEOVILLE – Will County residents are invited to participate in a community-wide shred event.

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is partnering with State Representative Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) to host this free recycling event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Abri Credit Union (1350 Renwick Road, Romeoville).

“This free event will allow local residents to dispose of old and sensitive documents in a safe way,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

To help reduce the chances of identity theft, experts recommend shredding things like bank statements, credit card offers and credit card convenience checks. Residents should also shred canceled credit cards, canceled checks, pay stubs, old photo IDs and tax returns that are more than three years old.

“I am happy to host these events so that my constituents have a convenient and secure way to dispose of sensitive documents and old medications,” said Manley. “This is a great way to help people protect themselves from identity theft and to ensure that their unused medicine is properly taken care of.”

To accommodate all participants, each person will be limited to two boxes of residential shredding. Boxes and bags will be returned. Documents will be accepted for shredding until trucks reach capacity. No electronics will be accepted.

Medication disposal services will also be offered by the Romeoville Police Department. No liquids or sharps will be accepted.

“Safely disposing of expired and unwanted prescriptions and medical supplies is a crucial step in fighting the opioid abuse crisis,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I am thankful for the Romeoville Police Department’s partnership in keeping unnecessary drugs out of our homes.”

Electronics recycling services will not be offered at this event.

If residents have questions about the event Bertino-Tarrant urges them to contact her district office at (815) 254-4211 or visit

Shredding Event

Date: Saturday, Sept. 14
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Location: Abri Credit Union (1350 Renwick Road, Romeoville)

02062019CM0116PLAINFIELD – Illinois firefighters and law enforcement officers will now have a new law in place to help end the mental health stigma in their field.

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) lent her support to House Bill 2766, which will ensure individuals tasked with providing peer support counseling to law enforcement and firefighters are properly trained. The measure was recently signed into law.

“Our police and fire personnel often respond and witness some of the most tragic events that happen in our communities,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The stresses they experience have a huge impact on their physical and mental well-being. It is essential that we provide resources to help them sort through these difficult and trying situations.”

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly 1 in 4 police officers have thoughts of suicide at some point in their lives. While the National Fire Protection Association reported that empirical data on mental health issues remains scarce, there are suggestions that behavioral health problems among emergency responders may be widespread; studies have found that as many as 37 percent of firefighters may exhibit symptoms of PTSD.

Also, individuals who seek out mental health treatment will be protected under the law without fear of termination or adverse employment action.

“We need to work together to end the stigma around mental health issues and increase accessibility to services that our emergency personnel need to stay mentally and physically healthy,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Our police officers and firefighters work day and night to keep us all safe – it’s our duty to look out for them.”

The new law creates a task force to study recommendations to help reduce the risk of suicide among first responders.

House Bill 2766 goes into effect immediately.

03012017CM0381WebPLAINFIELD – There will now be higher criminal penalties for felonious scams that target the elderly and disabled, thanks to State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant.

Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) passed Senate Bill 69, which would institute tougher penalties on Class 2 felony offenses against an elderly person or a person with a disability. It was signed into law last week.

“There are scammers preying on our seniors,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “To discourage this awful epidemic, we must put regulations in place to protect the financial well-being of Illinois’ seniors and people with disabilities.”

This new law expands the Class 2 felony offense of theft by deception over $5,000 to include offenses committed against a person with a disability.
It also clarifies 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.

Nearly 5 million older Americans are financially exploited. While scammers are often to blame, more than half of cases involve exploitation by a family member. A 2014 study by Mark Lachs, co-chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian Hospital found that almost 60 percent of cases involve a perpetrator who is a family member.

Lachs also reported that elder abuse victims—including those who suffer financial exploitation—die at a rate three times faster than those who haven’t been abused.

“This new law will give our law enforcement the additional means to act against those attempting to exploit the elderly in Illinois,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “These restrictions will help make scammers think twice before attempting to manipulate seniors and people with disabilities.”

Senate Bill 69 goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.



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