05072019CM0083RSSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) was thrilled to hear Gov. JB Pritzker’s plans to increase investments in the state’s education system during the State of the State address on Wednesday.

“The most important investment we can make is in our children’s education,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Increasing investments in child care and early childhood education will ensure that we are providing the best resources to help train the future leaders of our great state.”

The governor plans to build upon the historic investments that Bertino-Tarrant has supported to ensure schools are properly funded throughout the state.

In response to the governor’s emphasis on ethics reforms, Bertino-Tarrant agrees changes need to happen in Springfield to restore the public’s trust in elected officials.

“I work hard, and I’m dedicated to the people of Will County,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The bad actors continue to make the rest of us look bad. I look forward to seeing the recommendations made by the bipartisan, bicameral ethics commission and am committed to supporting meaningful ethics reforms.”

The governor’s budget address is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

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

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