JOLIET- State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) was honored to congratulate Mr. Leon O’Brien on his 100th birthday Friday, Feb. 2 at Rosewood Care Center of Joliet.

O’Brien was born Feb. 2, 1918 to John Henry O’Brien and Clara Eve Bertrand in Reddick, Ill. He is a distinguished World War II veteran who served as a United States Army T-Sergeant in North Africa and Italy. On Aug. 23, 1941 he married Velma Hunt, his sweetheart of 77 years. Velma is 99 years young.

PHOTO Bertino Tarrant congratulates WWII veteran Leon OBrien on 100th birthday

Pictured, Leon O’Brien is seated with Velma. State Senator Bertino-Tarrant is standing second from the left with the O’Brien Family.

KidsFair2018PLAINFIELD- State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is inviting area residents to join community organizations and small businesses at her fourth annual free Kids’ Fair.

The fair will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, Feb. 19 at Troy Middle School (5800 W. Theodore St., Plainfield).

This event provides area residents a one-stop shop for parents and children looking for kid-friendly educational resources and fun activities.

“Our Kids’ Fair serves as a vehicle to connect children, parents, grandparents, educators and loved ones with extraordinary organizations that impact our children’s lives in a significant way,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I encourage area families to utilize this free resource to meet and hear from wonderful groups that serve our community and improve the lives of young people throughout our communities.”

The event is free. Storytelling, live animals and other activities are already scheduled for the event.

In addition, free haircuts will be given by the Professional’s Choice Hair Design Academy of Joliet. Special events such as a martial arts demonstration, various dance performances, a kids hip hop fitness demonstration and a stroller fitness class will also take place.

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

Bertino Tarrant2016cSPRINGFIELD – Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-SHOREWOOD) released the following statement in response to Governor Rauner’s state of the state address:

“For the last three years, Gov. Bruce Rauner has given the same speech. Yet for the last three years, we have been waiting for him to make a genuine effort to work with us. The governor’s speeches and soundbites are far from reality. Meanwhile, schools are still waiting for their funding and we are waiting for the governor to quit attacking and to reach across the aisle.”

03142017AM4965rSPRINGFIELD- State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) supported a measure today to restore certainty and stability to Will County schools.

Bertino-Tarrant joined her colleagues in the Illinois State Senate to override Governor Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 444, a technical piece of legislation previously requested by the governor’s administration to help clarify and quickly implement school funding reform. His veto of the measure did the opposite of that.

“The senate worked together to end the chaos and uncertainty created by the governor’s administration,” said Bertino-Tarrant, chairwoman of the Senate’s education committee. “Instead of communicating his concerns to his own administration or the General Assembly, Governor Rauner issued a veto to further delay the implementation of bipartisan education funding reform. It is unacceptable that he sat on his hands until the last possible minute to once again create instability for schools across Illinois.”

Last week, governor’s agencies, the Illinois State Board of Education and Department of Revenue were able to quickly work together to address the governor’s concerns outlined in his veto message.

Bertino-Tarrant thinks it is concerning that the governor decided to work unilaterally to delay school funding reform rather than talking to state agencies, under his administration’s management, to solve the problem.

“How is the governor supposed to work with the General Assembly if he is unable to work with his own agencies,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This is another example of the governor’s lack of leadership. Working together means communicating and be an active partner in making sure government is working for the citizens of Illinois. Somehow these beliefs are lost to him.”

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