082714JBTA new law was signed by the governor today that rectifies an error in the Illinois pension code.

After spending her first year in the General Assembly immersed in pension reform, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) was stunned to discover that if a mistake was made while calculating a person’s pension benefits, the pension system had no legal recourse to rectify the error.

“We all know that mistakes can happen. However, the systems should have the authority to fix errors,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

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JBT081514The governor today signed into law two measures that make improvements to park districts, both locally and statewide.

The first is a measure that seeks to restore accountability to the Plainfield Park District Board.

Problems within the Park District Board have been a thorn in the side of the Plainfield community for more than a year. The board has been subject to numerous labor relations act violations, ongoing criminal investigations and allegations of waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement.

“Given the seriousness of these allegations of misconduct, it is evident that our community needs this change,” Senator Bertino-Tarrant said. “This law will restore public trust to the Plainfield Park Board.”

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091214JBTA measure to ensure that 9-1-1 can be dialed from any phone line was signed into law on Monday.

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood), who sponsored the legislation in the Senate, feels that the universal number that we teach children to use in case of emergencies should always work.

“The three digit emergency number that we learn should work from anywhere,” Bertino-Tarrant said.  “This is a common sense approach to better safety.”

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JBT052214State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) passed a proposal out of the Senate today that seeks to restore justice and accountability to the Plainfield Park District Board.

Problems within the Park District Board have been the thorn in the side of the Plainfield community for over a year. There have been numerous labor relations act violations, ongoing criminal investigations and allegations of ethics violations and mismanagement.

“This is a difficult proposal for me to present but it is evident that our community needs it,” Senator Bertino-Tarrant said.

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