20180314 KS 3900 RSSPRINGFIELD – A new measure in the Illinois Senate aims to give veterans the tools to launch business start-ups in Illinois.

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is the sponsor of the measure, Senate Bill 43, which strengthens the veteran small business loan program that was enacted last legislative session under her leadership.

Senate Bill 43 ties up a technicality to allow for the administration of loans and expands upon the existing program to help encourage Illinois’ veterans to open up shop in communities across the state. It will also allow the Illinois Finance Authority to administer an increase in low-interest agri-business loans.

“Illinois’s economy relies heavily on small businesses,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Expanding the scope of this vital veterans loan program will help encourage our returning heroes to consider a profession in agriculture.”

Nearly half of World War II veterans and 40 percent of Korean War veterans went on to own or operate a business, according to Syracuse University‘s Institute for Veterans and MilitaryFamilies. But now less than seven percent of returning veterans own their own businesses, in part because veterans have fewer resources than their predecessors did.

“Our veterans have made great sacrifices for our country,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It’s our duty to empower them to channel the life skills and training they received in the field as they transition back to civilian life.”

Senate Bill 43 passed out of the Illinois Senate Commerce and Economic Development Committee Thursday with bipartisan support and will move to the full Senate for consideration.  

Bertino-Tarrant urges veterans to visit www.il-fa.com to learn more about this veteran loan program or contact her Plainfield office at (815) 254-4211 for more information.

2018 Pet Expo Flyer d2PLAINFIELD- State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is searching for local pet and animal businesses and organizations to participate in her free Pet Expo.

The pet expo is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 at Clow Stephens Dog Park (16676 S. Lily Cache Rd, Plainfield, IL).

The pet expo provides area residents a free and fun educational event for animal lovers and families

“As a dog owner, I understand firsthand the importance that pets play in our everyday lives and in our families.” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I look forward to hosting this event every year and I am excited to join families and their pets from our community.”

There are openings currently available for local pet businesses and animal organizations. Bertino-Tarrant invites interested businesses and organizations to register at www.SenatorBertinoTarrant.com. Once registered and approved, interested participants will receive an email confirmation at a later date.

Registration is free.

Local animal businesses will be on hand to showcase their services. Information will also be distributed to attendees regarding recent animal legislation.
Anyone going to the pet expo is encouraged to bring their pets. Nail Trimming for pets will be available. Photos can also be taken at the event of people with their animals.
For more information please call Bertino-Tarrant’s office at (815) 254-4211 or visit www.SenatorBertinoTarrant.com

Pet Expo

Date: Saturday, May 12

Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Clow Stephens Dog Park (16676 S. Lily Cache Rd., Plainfield, IL)

05262017AM3381RSSPRINGFIELD – To make college more affordable, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is working to increase the availability of dual-credit classes in Illinois.

Bertino-Tarrant’s measure, Senate Bill 3190, requires public universities and community colleges to work with local high schools to grant dual credit to a student who completes an accredited course.

“While the cost of college continues to escalate nationwide, dual credit provides a great economic benefit for families and students by empowering students to accumulate college credit while still in high school,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “As the mother of a sophomore in high school, I know what parents are going through. Like any other parent, I want my children to graduate college full of opportunities, not burdened with student loans.”

Dual credit, which allows students to enroll in postsecondary coursework while still enrolled in high school, is a promising approach to improving academic outcomes for students.

Bertino-Tarrant said it helps prepare students for college coursework while helping them meet general high school requirements.

Research has shown that student participation in dual enrollment curriculum often leads to improved academic outcomes, especially for students from low-income backgrounds as well as first generation college students. Students who enroll in dual-credit courses are more likely to get better grades in high school and pursue a secondary education.

Under this bipartisan proposal, students are allowed to receive up to 60 hours of dual credit. Bertino-Tarrant believes this is a step toward making college more affordable by allowing students to meet general requirements at little to no cost.

“We need to continue to explore ways to make college more affordable and help students graduate without mountains of debt,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Senate Bill 3190 passed the Senate’s education committee with bipartisan support and now heads to the full senate for consideration.

04252017CM1305rPLAINFIELD – A new law championed by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will help alleviate the teacher shortage crisis in Illinois.

Bertino-Tarrant’s measure, Senate Bill 863, eases licensure requirements to allow out-of-state educators to be licensed in Illinois if they have already completed comparable state-approved training. It was signed into law last week and will take effect immediately.  

“There are quality educators who want to teach in Illinois classrooms,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This new law is will cut bureaucratic red tape to allow qualified and dedicated teachers to start teaching in our schools without having to jump through extra hoops.”

Senate Bill 863 is an initiative of the State Board of Education that will make Illinois a more attractive home for out-of-state educators by allowing their licenses to transfer to Illinois without forcing them to duplicate certain trainings and applications.  

There are more than 2,000 teacher vacancies in the state, and Bertino-Tarrant believes this new law will help Illinois attract more teachers.

“Teacher shortages are driving up classroom sizes and ultimately shortchanging students,” Bertino-Tarrant said.  “Our classrooms rely on superb teachers. Streamlining the teacher licensure process will help Illinois attract the nation’s best and brightest to guarantee our children are given the best possible educational opportunities.”

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