2018ShredEventROMEOVILLE – Consumer fraud and identity theft are growing epidemics in Illinois.

To promote prevention, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) and State Rep. Natalie Manley (D-Joliet ) are offering free paper shredding services for area residents from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 21 at Abri Credit Union (1350 Renwick Rd., Romeoville).

To help reduce the chances of identity theft, experts recommend shredding things like bank statements, credit card offers and credit card convenience checks. Residents should also shred canceled credit cards, canceled checks, pay stubs, old photo IDs and tax returns that are more than three years old.

To accommodate all participants the limit is two boxes of residential shredding per a person. Boxes and bags will be returned. No electronics will be accepted.   

The Romeoville Police Department will be offering free on-site medicine disposal.

No business shredding and electronics recycling will be accepted.

Date: Saturday, July 21
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Location: Abri Credit Union (1350 Renwick Rd., Romeoville, IL)

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

SSS2 2018PLAINFIELD — State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is continuing her Summer Speaker Series to provide updates on the Illinois Rock and Roll Museum that will soon be located in downtown Joliet.  

The second speaker series event, Rock & Roll on Route 66, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 17 at the Presence Healing Arts Pavilion, 16615 S. Route 59, Plainfield.

The discussion will be led by Ron Romero, board chairman and president and creator of the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 museum and organization.

“This new museum is a wonderful addition to downtown Joliet,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Illinois has a rich history of musicians and bands that have made a worldwide impact. The museum will give us an opportunity to pay tribute to their contributions and successes.”

For more information about the museum, visit www.RoadToRock.org.

Bertino-Tarrant will host one more installment in the Summer Speaker Series titled, “Fall in Love with Nature.”

For more information, please contact Bertino-Tarrant's district office at 815-254-4211.


Date: Tuesday, July 17
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Presence Healing Arts Pavilion, 16615 S. Route 59, Plainfield


PLAINFIELD – School districts across Illinois will have additional tools to combat the national teacher shortage thanks to a new law championed by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood).

House Bill 5627 is a multi-faceted, bipartisan effort that removes red tape and allows retired teachers to fill in when needed.  It was signed into law on Friday. 

“Teacher shortages lead to strained resources, large class sizes and impaired learning experiences for our children,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This new approach will help us recruit qualified educators who want to work in our communities.”

According to the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, 86 percent Illinois school districts surveyed have had to pull teachers from planning periods to fill in as substitute teachers in other courses. Superintendents are also struggling to find bilingual, Spanish and special education teachers, as well as school nurses and psychologists.

“There are quality educators that want to teach in Illinois classrooms,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It is important that we empower them by implementing commonsense reforms, cutting red tape and making the teacher licensure process reasonable and fair.”

The law takes the following actions among others:

• Creates a new type of license – a Short Term Substitute Teaching License – to allow individuals that hold an associate’s degree or who have completed 60 hours of Higher Education coursework to substitute teach for five consecutive days;

• Allows full reciprocity for out-of-state educators wishing to teach in Illinois;

• Allows individuals who hold a lapsed Professional Educator License due to failure to complete professional development to qualify for a substitute teaching license;

• Allows downstate retired teachers to substitute teach for 120 days each year (currently 100) without jeopardizing their retirement benefits;

• Requires school districts to offer training to short-term substitute teachers. 

Bertino-Tarrant said allowing Illinois’ retirees more days in the classroom will be a win for everyone.

“Our retired teachers are a valuable resource,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “We can lower the teacher-to-student ratios without increasing cost by expanding the use of our retired teachers on a part-time basis. Our goal is to ensure our children receive the best learning opportunities possible.”

House Bill 5627 will go into effect on July 1, 2018.

“As the new funding formula kicks in, we need to work toward ensuring property tax relief for families across Illinois,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Funding schools the right way should mean that folks see property tax bill savings.”

The 2017 report released by the IARSS can be found here: http://iarss.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/IARSS-Illinois-Educator-Shortage-2017-1.pdf

Bertino Tarrant2016cPLAINFIELD – A group of Will County public officials met last week to examine how the community addresses the safety of students.

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) applauded the efforts taken by community stakeholders to be proactive in preventing school violence. She was joined by several elected officials, school administrators and area police chiefs at the forum.  

“We need to work together to create a school atmosphere that promotes our children’s general well-being. Schools should be a safe place,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

The group discussed the use of School Resource Officers and Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton said he is studying the cost of giving all local schools their own SRO.

Joliet West High School has formed a group comprised of teachers, social workers and deans to identify changes in student’s behavior patterns. All school districts that participated cited their close relationships with community police departments.

“Providing open and honest discussions with our school communities makes us safer,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This meeting will help us continue to work together to ensure our children can focus on their education and feel secure in their schools.”

Other elected officials at the meeting include State Representatives Natalie Manley and Larry Walsh Jr., Crest Hill Mayor Ray Soliman and Romeoville Mayor John Noak.

School administrators include Dr. Cheryl McCarthy, Ilandus Hampton, Teresa Bibson and Brian Shaw of JTHS 204; Dr. Lane Abrell and Tom Hernandez of Plainfield 202; Laura Johnston of IPSD204; and Tamara Mitchell of Joliet Elementary 86.

The police chiefs include Brian Benton of Joliet, Jeff Burgner of Oswego, Aaron Klima of Shorewood and Mark Turvey of Romeoville.

“I’m pleased with the discussion at this meeting. Conversations like this allow us to come up with creative solutions in a changing world,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

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