2019 Summer Speaker SeriesRSJOLIET – State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is hosting her fourth annual three-part Summer Speaker Series to provide support for teens and recent high school graduates in their transition after high school.

She is inviting students to attend her final speaker series event, Freshman Year 101 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8 at the Joliet Public Library, Black Rd Branch (3395 W. Black Rd, Joliet).

Toni Fitzpatrick, Director of Academic Services at Lewis University, will share strategies and skills to support a successful freshman year.

“As our high school graduates and teens kick off their college career, it is vital that we help equip them with the tools to thrive in their educational experiences,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The goal of this informational series is to setup collegefreshman on a path of success.”

Throughout the summer, Bertino-Tarrant hosted two additional Summer Speaker Series events entitled “Self-Defense” and “Campus Safety.”

If you have questions regarding the speaker series, visit www.SenatorBertinoTarrant.com or call her office at (815) 254-4211.


Date: Aug. 8, 2019
Topic: Freshman Year 101
Location: Joliet Public Library, 3395 W. Black Road, Joliet
Time: 6:30 pm

03012017CM0381WebPLAINFIELD – Illinois workers will soon have protections in place to help ensure they receive equal pay for equal work.

Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is a chief cosponsor on House Bill 834, which addresses the salary gap in Illinois by prohibiting employers from requiring job applicants to disclose their past salary during the interview process. The measure was signed into law on Wednesday.

The legislation amends the Equal Pay Act of 2003 to include language banning salary history questions during the hiring process.

“In 2019, a worker should not receive a different wage based on any factor not directly related to their qualifications, experience and job performance,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This new law renews the state’s commitment to policies that promote and ensure pay equity for all of our workers.”

Bertino-Tarrant worked with the sponsor to make the measure more business-friendly. The law will go into effect 60 days after it was signed into law.

The measure was supported by a number of groups, including the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, National Association of Social Workers, Laborer’s International Union and the Illinois National Organization for Women.

Women in Illinois make up almost half the workforce but earn 79 percent of what men earn.

“As other states appear to be moving backward on equal rights, Illinois will continue to move forward to ensure employees are receiving the same pay for the same work,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This new law will help Illinois end the wage gap.”

The new law goes into effect in 60 days.

02062019CM0116PLAINFIELD – Illinois residents’ genetic testing results will now be protected under a new law championed by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant.

Signed into law on Friday, Bertino-Tarrant’s House Bill 2189 prohibits companies that provide direct-to-consumer commercial genetic testing such as ancestry.com and 23andMe, from sharing any test results with health or life insurance companies without the consumer’s consent.

“As genetic testing becomes more popular, it is essential that personal information remain private,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Illinois consumers should have peace of mind that their health information will remain private as they make decisions to manage their health care.”

The number of people who have had their DNA analyzed with direct-to-consumer genetic genealogy tests more than doubled during 2017 and exceeded 12 million in 2018.

Last year, an estimated 1 in 25 American adults now have access to personal genetic data. Ancestry.com and 23andMe Inc. alone have sold more than 15 million DNA kits.

“As technology progresses it is vital that laws evolve to protect our interests,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Representative Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) was the lead sponsor in the House.

House Bill 2189 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support. The law will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

JBT4PLAINFIELD – Illinois parents, school counselors and teachers will have additional resources to help students struggling with mental and emotional issues, thanks to a law championed by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant.

Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is a chief-cosponsor of House Bill 907, which requires the Department of Human Services to maintain a resources page on its website with mental health resources related to bullying and school shootings to ensure this information is readily available. It was signed into law on July 12, 2019.

“Mental stresses affect all of us,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Parents, educators and school counselors need to be equipped with the tools to help students develop life-long skills to combat and deal with mental illness in a healthy way.” 

DHS’s current website does not contain information directly targeted at teachers, parents, or school counselors regarding bullying and school shootings.

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