June 19 Town HallRSBOLINGBROOK— Area legislators will host their annual town hall meeting to update local residents on important new laws from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19 at the Fountaindale Library.

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will be joined by State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Crest Hill), Representative Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) and Representative John Connor (D-Lockport) at the meeting.

“Our annual town hall meeting is a great opportunity for us to connect with residents and inform them about important legislation that was brought before the Illinois General Assembly this year,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Government works best when there is constant communication and local officials work together to tackle the vital issues we are facing in our communities.”

Lawmakers will be available to answer questions and give a brief update on legislative matters.

"This is a crucial year for Illinois residents,” McGuire said. “Please join us to hear about important new laws.”

The joint town hall meeting is free and open to the media and public. There are a number of important issues the General Assembly has tackled this year, such as passing a bipartisan budget that funds schools, local infrastructure improvements and stronger protections for sexual assault survivors.

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05072019CM0083RSPLAINFIELD – Illinois’ five-hour classroom time will now ensure students receive a balanced education, thanks to the Senate’s Education Chair Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant.

Bertino-Tarrant’s measure, Senate Bill 28, reinstates a minimum of 5 hours of instruction per day in schools, allowing exemptions for students enrolled in dual career, supervised career development experiences and youth apprenticeships.

This section was repealed in the Evidence Based Funding for Student Success Act trailer bill, leaving each school district to determine what counts as an instructional day. The fix was signed into law on Friday

“Utilizing technology in our curriculum helps our children learn better,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “In the 21st century, we need to continue to look for ways to incorporate innovative teaching methods to guarantee our children are prepared to compete in the modern world. However, there needs to be clear and concise guidelines in place to ensure students are receiving the best possible educational opportunities.”

Schools that have received approval from Illinois State Board of Education may still utilize e-learning days to satisfy school day requirements.
Bertino-Tarrant is committed to working with ISBE, educators and advocates to create a streamlined process that will allow school districts to utilize e-learning, especially in cases when schools are forced to cancel days in the classroom.

“E-learning is a valuable tool,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “We just need to make sure there are clear standards in place to prevent abuse of the program.”

Senate Bill 28 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support. The measure go into effect on July 1, 2019.

JBT4PLAINFIELD – Women across Illinois will soon have remedies to fight sexual harassment and discrimination in work places, thanks to a measure supported by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant.

Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) championed Senate Bill 75, which clarifies the ethics investigation process, including making the process more transparent and giving additional rights to victims of harassment and discrimination who file ethics complaints.

“This monumental legislation is helping shift the culture in the work place,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Stopping sexual harassment and ending discrimination helps provide a safe work environment for everyone.”

The bipartisan measure passed the legislature with unanimous support.

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Bertino-Tarrant invites Will County residents to informative speaker series event

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

The first Speaker Series event, Campus Safety, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4 at the Black Road Branch of the Joliet Public Library, located at 3395 W. Black Road in Joliet. The discussion will be led by the Lewis University Police Department and will provide tools for safe campus life.

“As our teens and high school graduates head to college, it is imperative that they know how to stay safe,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This informational series will help equip young adults with the tools to promote safe practices.”

Throughout the summer, Bertino-Tarrant will host two additional Summer Speaker Series events entitled “Self-Defense” and “Freshman Year 101”.

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

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