JBT911SenateIn an emergency situation, we teach children to dial 9-1-1.

Tragically,  the universal number that we teach our children to dial in emergencies did not work when a 9 year-old girl attempted to dial it from a Texas hotel room this past January, as her mother was being stabbed to death.

The hotel, like many hotels nationwide, was on a closed business circuit and the young girl didn’t realize that she needed to dial a 9 to reach an outside line.

Senator Bertino-Tarrant feels that the universal number that we teach children to use in case of emergencies should always work.

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JBTsmallbustaxEmployers and the long-term unemployed could reap the benefits of a new tax incentive proposal that passed out of the Senate today.

Even as the economy continues to recover and the overall jobless rate declines, people who have been unemployed for six months or more are not finding jobs at the same pace as those who have only been unemployed for a short period time.

In fact, only about one in ten of the long-term unemployed get hired every year.

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JBT911A horrific tragedy made nationwide headlines in January when a mother of four was stabbed to death in her hotel room in Texas.

Her eldest daughter attempted to call 9-1-1 from the next room, but the young girl didn’t realize that she needed to dial a 9 to call out of the hotel complex.

Senator Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) feels that the universal number that we teach children to use in case of emergencies should always work and should never need a prefix.

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JBTPensionFixIn the year following Illinois’ attempt at reforming the state pension systems, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant discovered yet another alarming flaw in some of the systems pension codes.

In 2011, a state employee retired from his position as a Secretary of State investigator with the State of Illinois. Nearly a year later, the State Employees Retirement System Board notified the employee that they had miscalculated his pension, resulting in an overpayment.

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