04252017CM1305rSPRINGFIELD — State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant issued the following statement regarding the education funding reform vote taken today:

“I have held firm that Illinois needs a new education funding system that is equitable and adequate. In the end, Senate Bill 1947 allows every student a chance to succeed throughout my community and the entire state.”

05092017CM0307SPRINGFIELD — On Sunday, the Illinois Senate voted to override the governor's veto of the school funding reform legislation that would bring nearly $15 million to area schools. Senator Bertino-Tarrant issued the following statement in regards to the action taken:

“An immediate splurge of dollars seems tempting to rule out the validity of SB 1. However, long term outcomes of the amendatory veto will erode the years of work and lead to larger problems. The education funding bill is the most significant reform in over 20 years—reform that will bring certainty to school funding, as well as fair funding for our students.”

Photo 3PLAINFIELD — State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant issued the following statement in response to the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 1:

“After years of work, the children of Illinois are at risk of not seeing any state funding because of the governor’s veto. I am disappointed that the governor would ignore the numerous education organizations that gave their professional input to help improve our inequitable system. I will continue to work towards finding a solution that ensures fair and full funding for schools throughout the 49th District.

“The plan the governor vetoed would ensure every child is given an equal shot at a quality education. This would be a commitment from the state to provide a long term solution to a problem that has plagued our schools for decades.”

WebResizeJBT5.23.17PLAINFIELD — Members of the Illinois General Assembly will not receive an automatic increase in mileage reimbursements or per diem rates thanks to a measure sponsored by Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood).

“This measure prioritizes where state resources should be allocated,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “A pay increase during this tumultuous time does not feel appropriate.”

House Bill 643 freezes the Illinois General Assembly’s mileage reimbursement and per diem rates for the upcoming year. It also would eliminate the cost of living adjustment that was planned for next year.

The new law passed both chambers with bipartisan support.

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