PLAINFIELD — As more parents continue to head back to work, many of them need safe and reliable child care. State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is encouraging child care providers to apply for Child Care Restoration Grants to help them reopen after months of financial distress.
“As workplaces continue to reopen, many employees are in need of child care and want to make sure they are sending their children to facilities that are clean, safe and adhering to all guidelines,” said Bertino-Tarrant, who voted to create the program. “The grant will allow child care facilities to reopen while ensuring they have the funds to keep children safe.”

The Illinois Department of Human Services is distributing $270 million in available funding to assist child care providers across the state with reopening in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Licensed child care providers that meet the eligibility criteria may apply for Child Care Restoration Grants.

To be eligible for the grant, child care providers must:

  • Have a current license from the Department of Children and Family Services to care for children,
  • Be open and caring for children at the time of application,
  • Be able to demonstrate a “business interruption” from their pre-COVID capacity, and
  • Submit a complete application with all required documents.

Applications are open now until Aug. 14. To learn more and apply, child care providers should visit


School Districts throughout the 49th Senate District are working hard to address the needs of the communities.

Below is a list of current plans by school districts.

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PLAINFIELD — As a result of our current situation, some people are forced to stay in dangerous situations because they have nowhere else to go.

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is reminding people the importance of reporting suspected abuse, neglect and exploitation of all people — but especially those who may not be able to speak up on their own, including older adults and people with disabilities.

“Victims of abuse can be too afraid to report on their own, or do not have the means to do so,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It’s up to everyone to be aware of the signs of abuse and keep an eye on neighbors, customers, and our loved ones.”

Alongside the Illinois Department on Aging, Bertino-Tarrant is advocating to protect seniors and adults with disabilities from abuse. The three-year campaign — pegged as Engage2Change — received a $2.1 million grant from the federal Administration for Community Living.

Through the use of television, email marketing and other digital platforms, the campaign will focus on educating people about the signs of abuse and encouraging them to do their part to prevent future problems.

“People who suspect abuse should report it immediately,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “We need to ensure those who need help get it as soon as possible.”

People who are victims of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation — or know someone who is a victim — are encouraged to call the Department on Aging’s 24-hour abuse hotline at 866-800-1409, or visit Trained professionals are available to take reports of suspected abuse and forward them to local adult protective service agencies.

ROMEOVILLE – Unused documents like bills and medical records can begin to crowd people’s homes. To ensure the items are properly disposed, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Plainfield) will host a free public shred event Aug. 4.

“Shred events allow for a safe, free and convenient way to dispose of unneeded private documents,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It is an extra step to help protect from fraud and identity theft.”

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Bertino-Tarrant has partnered with State Representative Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) to host the event Tuesday at the former Romeoville Target.

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 keep everyone safe and healthy, staff and volunteers will wear necessary PPE when unloading vehicles. People participating should stay in their vehicles during the event for the health and safety of all attending.

Additionally, the Romeoville Police Department will offer medication disposal services. No liquids or sharps will be accepted.

Electronics recycling services will not be offered at this event, and people are limited to bringing two boxes of paper.

"During the stay at home order, many of us have taken the time to clean out our houses, including our file and medicine cabinets," said Manley. "This event will be a perfect opportunity for constituents to safely dispose of sensitive documents and ensure that unused medications are properly taken care of."

If people have questions about the event, Bertino-Tarrant urges them to contact her district office at 815-254-4211 or visit

WHO: All Will County and surrounding residents

WHAT: Free Shred Event

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

WHERE: Romeoville Target parking lot, located at 349 Weber Road. 



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