Budget AddressSPRINGFIELD— State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) issued the following statement after hearing the budget address today:

The governor’s proposals and ideas were harsh. It is not just about making tough decisions, but making the right decisions.

The governor made a commitment to make education funding a priority- he delivered this today. However, educators are compassionate individuals who do not like to see their gain at the expense of other needed and important services. I am committed to working in a bipartisan manner to ensure that this year’s budget protects essential services.

SPRINGFIELD— State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will serve as vice-chair of the Illinois Senate’s Labor Committee, a position she will use to fight for the middle class.

“I am eager to work in a bipartisan fashion on issues that come before the Labor Committee,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “However, Gov. Rauner’s recent attacks on organized labor and public employees concern me. I intend on using my post to stand up for working class values.”

Bertino-Tarrant will also serve on the Education, Transportation, Local Government, Licensed Activities & Pensions and Appropriations II Committees.

SPRINGFIELD— State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) issued the following statement after hearing the State of the State address today:

The Governor had a very bold and sincere message today. I applaud his persistence at making Illinois a business-friendly state and I am eager to work toward these efforts. I am also pleased with his strong focus on education; I will carefully listen and evaluate his ideas. However, his attacks on public employees and organized labor is concerning. Protecting the middle class means protecting the very people he is ostracizing. I am committed to working in a bipartisan manner to make Illinois a better place, while preserving working class values.

JBT caffeine020315SPRINGFIELD — In response to the death of an Ohio high school student who overdosed on caffeine powder, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D- Shorewood) has filed legislation to make the substance illegal for minors in Illinois.

In a story in The State Journal-Register, medical professionals are in agreement that consuming large amounts of caffeine is dangerous and they advise steering clear of the product. One teaspoon of caffeine powder can have the same dose as 25 cups of coffee. Symptoms of caffeine overdose include vomiting, uncontrollable muscle movements, irregular or fast heartbeat and trouble breathing.

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