employmentSPRINGFIELD – Senator Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) helped pass legislation on Thursday that maintains the state’s investment in a crucial construction program that has put thousands of people to work improving the state’s roads, bridges and schools in recent years.
The legislation also restores severe cuts to the Department of Children and Family Services that threatened to layoff dozens of caseworkers and interrupt services to needy children and their families.
“We need to keep moving forward with our economic revival. This vote protects jobs and helps keep us on track,” Bertino Tarrant said.

The bill also allows for the continued operations of many mental health facilities that would have had to otherwise turn away many of our state’s most critically ill, leaving them without adequate shelter or care.
Additionally, it provides funding for employee training programs that helps keep jobs and skilled workers in Illinois.
“DCFS jobs, mental health jobs and IDOT projects are all needed to support our communities and our state,” Sen. Bertino Tarrant said.
The bill has passed both chambers and was quickly signed into law by the governor.

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