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PLAINFIELD — The state’s education package spearheaded by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood), which will provide assistance and relief to teachers and schools that were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, became law today.

“Teachers and students are dealing with a situation they could have never planned for, so it’s our responsibility to ensure they get the support they need,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Our educators must be equipped with the right tools to give students a quality education — even if they do so from a distance.”

The education package does a number of things to help students and teachers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes extending educator license renewals for one year, so teachers don’t have to go through the renewal process while working remotely. It also allows for mandatory tests to be taken remotely, so students don’t have to risk getting sick in order to take an exam they need to apply for college.

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PLAINFIELD — To provide relief and flexibility to property tax owners, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) supported a new law that will defer tax sales and give counties the ability to extend homestead exemptions and waive late fees.

“Property taxes can often be a financial burden, but that burden has risen for many because of the public health crisis,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This new law will provide some relief to our residents.”

Under this legislation, local businesses and residents would see property tax relief in the form of:

  • Empowering county governments to approve 2020 homestead exemptions for those with disabilities, veterans with disabilities and senior citizens, as long as the property had been granted this exemption for 2019;
  • Allowing counties with less than 3 million residents to waive interest penalties and fees for late property tax payments due in 2020;
  • Deferring property tax sales.

County assessment officers can still conduct audits of taxpayers claiming an exemption in order to verify the applicant is eligible to receive the senior citizen’s assessment freeze through the homestead exemption.

The measure — found in Senate Bill 685 — also defers tax sales and gives the county the authority to waive property tax interest penalties.

The measure was signed by Gov. JB Pritzker Friday and took immediate effect.

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Plainfield) released the following statement in response to the Illinois Senate’s passage of a state budget for Fiscal Year 2021:

“As expected, the budget priorities for our state were altered due to the worldwide pandemic. I am glad funding for our schools were held flat and local governments will continue to receive funding through these difficult times. In addition, we focused on funding for our families, unemployment needs, businesses impacted by COVID-19 and local public safety.

“This budget was cut by nearly $1 billion from the governor’s initial proposal and does not include legislators’ pay increases. It does include full pension payments and ensures our needed construction projects continue.

“I recognize our budget will take advantage of much needed federal support, as all states’ budgets will,  but the Senate worked hard, in a bipartisan manner, to address our state’s greatest concerns and direct dollars accordingly.”

SPRINGFIELD — In an effort to provide relief and flexibility to property tax owners, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) voted in favor of a measure that will defer tax sales and give counties the ability to extend homestead exemptions and waive late fees.

“Property taxes can often be a financial burden to many, but even more so because of the public health crisis,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “These measures will provide some relief to our residents.” 

The measure gives county assessment officers the ability to approve homestead exemptions without 2020 applications for residents with disabilities, veterans with disabilities and senior citizens who qualify for assessment freezes.

Under this legislation, local businesses and residents would see property tax relief in the form of:

  • Empowering county governments to approve 2020 homestead exemptions for those with disabilities, veterans with disabilities and senior citizens, as long as the property had been granted this exemption for 2019;
  • Allowing counties with less than 3 million residents to waive interest penalties and fees for late property tax payments due in 2020;
  • Deferred property tax sales for all counties except Cook.

County assessment officers can still conduct audits of taxpayers claiming an exemption in order to verify the applicant is eligible to receive the senior citizen’s assessment freeze through the homestead exemption.

Senate Bill 685 also defers tax sales and gives the county the authority to waive property tax interest penalties.

The measure passed both chambers and awaits final approval from the governor. 

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