041113br0550The month of March marked the launch of a new initiative of the Illinois Reading Council (IRC).  Illinois Reads! is being hailed as “the first ever statewide literacy program spanning all generations.”

While literacy is something that many of us take for granted, the World Literacy Foundation suggests that more than 796 million people worldwide have severely limited reading and writing abilities. Nearly 4 million of them are from right here in Illinoisans. Illinois Reads! is working to change that.

“As a former educator, I understand as well as anyone, the benefits of enthusiasm for reading at an early age and the lifelong benefits that literacy provides,” Sen. Bertino-Tarrant said. 

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Please join us for our District Office Grand Opening Celebration and Open House!

When: June 13th, 2013 from 5:00pm-7:00pm
           Ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30pm

Where: 15300 Route 59, Suite 202
             Plainfield, IL 60544

Light refreshments will be served

PensionState Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, along with 29 of her colleagues, passed legislation out of the Illinois Senate yesterday that will save the state billions of dollars by reforming the Teachers Retirement System.
The bill gives current employees a choice of how they wish to receive a portion of their retirement benefits.  They are asked to choose between cost of living adjustments or health insurance upon their retirement. Retired teachers are not included.
This change would create an immediate savings of $4.7 billion and will save the state $18 billion or more over the next 30 years. 
"Yesterday, legislators took action to address the pension crisis. It is becoming increasingly clear that a comprehensive reform, as much as it is my preference, does not have a majority of votes at this time," Sen. Bertino-Tarrant said.   "This comes the closest to achieving reforms while doing the least amount of detriment to the retirement security of our teachers.” 

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State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant issued the following statement today after the Senate passed healthcare  expansion legislJBTMedicaidation (SB 26) out of its chamber.

“There are over 4,000 needy people in the 49th District who will benefit from this proposal. I am pleased that the Senate was able to pass legislation that extends protections to people and families whose health and well-being are too often overlooked.”

Key components of Senate Bill 26:

• All adults with incomes at or below 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Limit ($15,415 for an individual) will be able to enroll in Medicaid starting January 1, 2014. Currently, adults are eligible for Medicaid only if they have disabilities or care for dependent children.
• The federal government will reimburse Illinois for 100 percent of the costs of covering these newly eligible enrollees through 2017.
• The reimbursement rate will decrease gradually after 2017 but stay at 90 percent after 2020.
• If the federal government fails to reimburse the state at 90 percent or above, the newly eligible clients will become ineligible; Illinois will not be stuck with the bill.

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