02062019CM0116SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is applauding the state’s commitment to better address racial disparities in responding to the opioid crisis by establishing the Governor’s Opioid Overdose Prevention and Recovery Steering Committee.

Illinois is also dedicating $4.1 million state dollars to expand recovery and prevention services for individuals with opioid use disorder.

“I applaud Gov. JB Pritzker’s efforts to help end the opioid crisis that has plagued communities throughout Illinois,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The $4.1 million investment will help increase the state’s investments in communities that need them the most and help create a comprehensive plan to fight the opioid crisis.”

Pritzker’s executive order also focuses on harm reduction strategies that promote safer use of opioids to save lives. These strategies will help reduce both the risks of infectious HIV, HCV and Hepatitis A and fatal overdoses. The plan includes supervised consumption sites, where individuals with opioid use disorder are under the supervision of trained staff with the goal of ensuring the safety of both the individual and the general public.

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2020 Kids Fair RSPLAINFIELD- State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is inviting community organizations and small businesses to participate in her free Kids’ Fair.

The 6th Annual Kids’ Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, Feb. 17 at Troy Middle School (5800 W. Theodore St., Plainfield).

“This free, annual event serves as a one-stop shop for parents, grandparents, educators and loved ones to learn more about local services and organizations in our community,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I hope residents will take advantage of this free resource to learn more about the wonderful work community groups do to assist and improve the lives of our young people.”

There are openings currently available for child-oriented community organizations that gear majority of their work toward elementary school-aged children.

Bertino-Tarrant invites interested organizations to click here to register. Once registered and approved, interested participants will receive an email confirmation at a later date. Registration is free.

For more information please call Bertino-Tarrant’s office at (815) 254-4211

LibraryPLAINFIELD – State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant is thrilled to announce that seven local school districts in the 49th Illinois Senate District will receive nearly $54,000 through grants from the Illinois secretary of state’s School Library Grant program.

The funds help school libraries improve technology by purchasing new computers or improving Wi-Fi connectivity, acquire books, educational CDs and DVDs, and library subscriptions to electronic resources.

“Our school libraries expand and develop the minds of our students,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “These vital funds will help equip our school libraries with the resources to give our students the opportunity to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”

Bertino-Tarrant commends Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White for his work in implementing this program in Illinois and advocating for our schools libraries.

“Thanks to Secretary of State Jesse White’s efforts, Will County schools will receive more than $70,000 in funding,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “His efforts continue to give our school libraries the extra support they need to help our studentslearn and prepare themselves for their future.”

Information about the grant program can be found at: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/schoolpercapgrant.html.

Schools receiving school library grants include:

• Plainfield CCSD 202 — $19,101.75
• Oswego CUSD 308 — $12,984.75
• Valley View CUSD #365U — $11,813.25
• Joliet Township High SD #204 — $5,052.00
• Troy Comm. Consolidated Elementary SD 30C — $2,987.25
• Channahon SD #17 — $888.00
• Richland School District 88A — $750.00

Census flyer RS 2BOLINGBROOK – Will County residents are invited to join local Will County legislators and the Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project for an informative seminar on upcoming census discussion.

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is urging residents to help brainstorm and identify strategies to encourage all Will County residents to get counted in the 2020 census. The Census Seminar is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Fountaindale Public Library, Meeting Room B on Thursday, Jan. 16.

“It’s vital for census counts to be accurate and through to help ensure government entities are directing resources and services in the right places,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This free seminar is a great way for residents to share concerns, give input and learn more about full and part-time job opportunities with the U.S. Census Bureau.

Bertino-Tarrant will be joined by State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Crest Hill) and State Representatives Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) and John Connor (D-Lockport).

“Full participation in the 2020 Census is critical to ensuring that our community is properly represented in Congress and that we don’t lose out on federal resources,” said Manley. “Events like this are helpful for putting together a plan to make sure that every resident in our community is counted.”

For more information on this event, Bertino-Tarrant urges residents to contact her Plainfield office at (815) 254-4211.



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