AARP Driver Safety FlyerTROY TOWNSHIP, SHOREWOOD, IL – Township Supervisor Joseph D. Baltz and Seniors & Veterans Committee Chairman Donald Walden announce that Troy Township will host an AARP Driver Safety Program Course for Troy Township seniors.

Under Illinois law, those above 55 - whether AARP members or not - qualify for a worthwhile multi-year auto insurance discount* by completing this course. *Please check with your insurance company for the exact discount and the correct procedure to obtain it. 

Studies have shown that fewer fatal and injury-causing crashes and fewer violations occur among drivers who have taken this nationally-recognized course. Upon completion of the course, each attendee is awarded a certificate.

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infrastructure projectsThe state Department of Transportation today announced a six-year $12.62 billion transportation construction program.  Millions of dollars in federal and state funds will be dedicated to improving roadways and bridges in the 49th District, which incorporates Plainfield, Oswego, Shorewood, Crest Hill and parts of several other cities.

Senator Bertino-Tarrant is very pleased that there is a long term goal for enhancing transportation in and through Will and Kendall Counties.

“Our roads and bridges have not been able to keep up with the increased population and traffic in our area,” Sen. Bertino-Tarrant said.  “Many of our roadways are in desperate need of repair.” 

Nearly 30 new transportation construction projects in and around District 49 are scheduled between 2014 and 2019.  Most notably, the I-80 bridge between Ridge Road and U.S. 30 will be widened and replaced, and I-55 at Weber Road will also be widened and resurfaced.

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041113br0453Senator Bertino-Tarrant passed her first bill out of the Senate this week.

The bill extends the time that the Joliet Park District has to sell a portion of their land connected to a public golf course.  The Joliet Park District was originally granted 5 years to sell the land, however that time has nearly expired and the land has not yet sold.

The Joliet Park District is interested in selling 8 acres of land adjacent to the golf course for the purpose of retail development and then reinvesting the proceeds from the land sale back into the golf course, specifically to improve the club house by adding a banquet facility.

“Improving this facility will create a new venue where local events can be held,” Sen. Bertino-Tarrant said.  “Having such a venue will keep local events within the community and will keep more tax dollars in Joliet; instead of them going to other facilities outside of our city.”

Senator Bertino-Tarrant’s bill passed the Senate without opposition.  Representative Larry Walsh Jr. is now shepherding it through the House of Representatives.

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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