Willow FallsSenator Bertino-Tarrant is excited to announce a Senior workshop scheduled for this coming Tuesday, September 10, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Willow Falls Assisted Living Facility (1681 Willow Circle Drive, Crest Hill). The workshop will provide a unique opportunity for seniors to learn about ways to protect themselves from financial scams and healthcare fraud with the Attorney General’s Silver Beats program. 

Immediately after, Senator Bertino-Tarrant will be partnering with Representative Natalie Manley and AT&T to provide information to the senior community on how they can best use wireless devices and new technology to improve their lives.

“Keeping seniors connected to the ones they love through technology is vital to their overall happiness,” Senator Bertino-Tarrant said.  “Giving them ways to stay united to family and friends, as well as keep themselves safe, can greatly improve their quality of life.”

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is excited to announce Vintage Tech, LLC and Affiliates in Plainfield as the recipient of an Economic Development for the Growing Economy (EDGE) Tax Credit.

The EDGE program is designed to offer special tax incentives to encourage companies to locate or expand operations in Illinois rather than another state. The program can provide tax credits to qualifying companies, equal to the amount of state income taxes withheld from the salaries of employees in the newly created jobs. The Vintage Tech EDGE tax credit will create 25 full-time jobs. It will also aid in the retention of 60 full-time jobs. Because of their expansion, capital investments will increase by $5.1 million in a two-year period.

"I am very happy that Vintage Tech will be receiving an EDGE award," Bertino-Tarrant said. "Growing our local economy and creating jobs will continue to make our area an appealing place for prospective employers and job seekers."

The non-refundable credits can be used against corporate income taxes to be paid over a period not to exceed 10 years. To qualify a company must provide documentation that other states are competing for the project, agree to make an investment of at least $5 million in capital improvements and promise to create a minimum of 25 new full-time jobs in Illinois.

Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant issued a statement today following her vote to override the governor's amendatory veto and finally enact concealed carry in Illinois.

"The bill that we passed in May was the result of many months of hard work and compromise. A number of governor's proposed changes went too far and would have made the bill impossible to pass as amended."

Bertino-Tarrant was adamant about passing reasonable gun safety measures prior to the federal court's deadline, which was today, but also expressed interest in continuing to explore the issue of gun safety in Illinois.

"Making sure we had a solid framework in place by the federal deadline was imperative. However, I will always be interested in continuing the conversation on gun safety and working on ways to improve the measures that we passed."

Although Bertino-Tarrant chose to vote to override a majority of the governor's proposed changes to the concealed carry measure, she did support three modifications to the legislation, which passed the Senate in a separate bill today.

• Duty to Inform —Requires a permit holder to immediately disclose to police that he or she is carrying.
• Mental Health Reporting— Provides that law enforcement and school officials reporting clear and present danger need to report directly to law enforcement.
• No Signage for Per Se Prohibited Places — Locations that are listed as prohibited places (including schools, parks and government buildings) will not be required to post signs indicating that firearms are not allowed on the property.

The House also voted to override the governor's amendatory veto but then failed to pass the three changes approved by the Senate. Therefore, the original concealed carry measure passed by the General Assembly in May is now law.

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant today applauded the governor's signage of legislation that imposes stiffer penalties on repeat domestic battery offenders. Bertino- Tarrant was a co-sponsor of the legislation.

"Domestic battery is a problem in all of our communities," Sen. Bertino-Tarrant said. "This new law shows the abusers that we are not going to stand idly by while they continue to assault their partners. It also shows victims that the state and the judicial system are on their side."

The new law increases the penalties for domestic battery from a Class 4 felony with a one-to three-year prison term to a Class 3 felony with a two-to five-year prison term upon the offender's fourth domestic battery conviction. The penalty then increases to a Class 2 felony with a three-to seven-year prison term for all subsequent convictions if the offender has four or more domestic battery convictions.

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