JBT-friends of education awardLast week, Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) received the Will County Friends of Education Award from the Will County Regional Office of Education.

“I am honored to have received this award from the Will County Regional Office of Education,” Senator Bertino-Tarrant said.  “It is gratifying to know they support the work I am trying to do in Springfield.”

The Friends of Education Award recognizes an individual, business, or organization for an innovative or unique contribution that directly supports the mission of excellence in teaching and learning, student achievement and safe schools.

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JBT-Gun2The Illinois State Police has launched a concealed carry website to provide the public with information regarding the Concealed Carry application process.

The new website provides citizens interested in concealed carry licensure with additional information that will assist with eligibility requirements, application fees, training requirements, official forms, information for firearms instructors, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Interested applicants can obtain an Illinois Digital Identification (Digital ID) and electronic fingerprinting prior to Jan. 5 through the State of Illinois Department of Central Management Services.

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JBT-PensionReformYesterday, a pension reform bill passed the General Assembly that adversely affects seniors and retirees in Illinois.

After various pension reform proposals failed to make significant movement last spring, a bi-partisan pension conference committee was tasked with developing a compromise between both parties and both chambers. Yesterday’s legislation reflects all of the concessions of the democratic members of the committee and fails to address the one requirement that Senate Democrats, like Senator Bertino-Tarrant, have stressed since the beginning of pension reform negotiations—that is, fair treatment for those who were already retired.

“Through support of other legislation, as well as numerous meetings with stakeholders, I have held fast to my position to protect retirees who now have no way to change their fiscal futures,” Senator Bertino-Tarrant said. 

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ACA-5In mid-November, Senator Bertino-Tarrant hosted an ACA seminar for residents of the Carillon retirement community.  Nearly 30 residents attended the event and were able to ask questions about the Affordable Care Act and the progress being made with implementation. Information was presented by AARP representative Courtney Hedderman and was specific to the needs and concerns of the retirement community.

“While ACA is most known for the coverage it will provide those currently working, there are benefits for retirees and Medicare recipients as well,” Bertino-Tarrant explained.  “Having AARP explain those benefits to seniors provided useful information to a population of people that have often been overlooked during the course of these informational seminars.”

ACA will positively affect Medicare recipients by covering several additional preventive services, such as annual wellness visits, immunizations, diet counseling, and screenings for cancer, cholesterol and diabetes. It will also begin to close the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage gap, which had many seniors paying high out-of-pocket costs for their medications. It also adds resources to help catch people who commit Medicare fraud.

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