In the lineSenator Bertino-Tarrant is a co-sponsor of legislation that expands the qualifying factors for line-of-duty death compensation to include suicide, in some cases. 

The bill provides that if a mental health professional deems an officer’s self-inflicted injuries were sustained as a direct result of the officer’s active duty service, the officer’s death will be considered a line-of-duty occurrence and the officer’s surviving family will be eligible for line-of-duty death benefits.

“Our public safety officials put their lives on the line every day,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Protecting their families from the effects of a dangerous job is the least we can do to show our appreciation.” 

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041113br0550The month of March marked the launch of a new initiative of the Illinois Reading Council (IRC).  Illinois Reads! is being hailed as “the first ever statewide literacy program spanning all generations.”

While literacy is something that many of us take for granted, the World Literacy Foundation suggests that more than 796 million people worldwide have severely limited reading and writing abilities. Nearly 4 million of them are from right here in Illinoisans. Illinois Reads! is working to change that.

“As a former educator, I understand as well as anyone, the benefits of enthusiasm for reading at an early age and the lifelong benefits that literacy provides,” Sen. Bertino-Tarrant said. 

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Please join us for our District Office Grand Opening Celebration and Open House!

When: June 13th, 2013 from 5:00pm-7:00pm
           Ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30pm

Where: 15300 Route 59, Suite 202
             Plainfield, IL 60544

Light refreshments will be served

PensionState Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, along with 29 of her colleagues, passed legislation out of the Illinois Senate yesterday that will save the state billions of dollars by reforming the Teachers Retirement System.
 
The bill gives current employees a choice of how they wish to receive a portion of their retirement benefits.  They are asked to choose between cost of living adjustments or health insurance upon their retirement. Retired teachers are not included.
 
This change would create an immediate savings of $4.7 billion and will save the state $18 billion or more over the next 30 years. 
 
"Yesterday, legislators took action to address the pension crisis. It is becoming increasingly clear that a comprehensive reform, as much as it is my preference, does not have a majority of votes at this time," Sen. Bertino-Tarrant said.   "This comes the closest to achieving reforms while doing the least amount of detriment to the retirement security of our teachers.” 
 

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