FlyerSenator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, along with Senator McGuire and Representatives Manley, Cross, Walsh and McAsey, will be partnering with the American Red Cross this month to sponsor a Holiday Mail for Heroes card drive from 10:00 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at the entrance to Carson’s department store in the Louis Joliet Mall (3340 Mall Loop Dr., Joliet, IL. 60431).

Tables will be set up for card making and signing and participants may bring cards to donate or may craft their own out of the materials provided.

“The holidays can be especially hard for our active military personnel who are stationed far from home and away from their families,” Senator Bertino-Tarrant said. “I’m glad we are able to do something that will bring them some holiday cheer and remind them that we appreciate their service.”

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heroininschoolsflyerState Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant will be joined by Representative Natalie Manley, Will County Executive Larry Walsh and Will County State’s Attorney James Glascow later this month to host a Heroin Abuse & Education Seminar aimed at shedding light on the dramatic increase in heroin use in the south suburbs.

The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at Creekside Elementary School (13909 S. Budler Rd., Plainfield, IL).

“This Heroin Education Seminar is one of the first steps to addressing the underlying issues with heroin abuse and providing education to parents and teens about how dangerous and harmful this drug can be,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Bertino-Tarrant was recently appointed by Senate President John Cullerton to the Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force, a new committee charged with finding legislative solutions to Illinois’ growing teen heroin problem. Representative Manley was also appointed to the task force.

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001Bertino-Tarrant0152Wednesday, the Senate passed a plan that would allow teens to join licensed family members while hunting in the spring. 

“Hunting is a popular activity in Illinois,” said Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant.  “This measure will ensure that young boys and girls are hunting safely with trained and licensed adults.”

Senator Bertino-Tarrant helped Senator Andy Manar’s (D – Staunton) push for a Youth Hunting License that is comparable to a junior hunting permit. The new legislation lets teens begin hunting with family members without taking an expensive hunter’s education course.

The plan has the support of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources since it would offer the youth hunting license for $7 just in time for the opening of youth turkey season (March 29-30).

ACA Seminar 6Last week, Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant held an informational seminar on the Affordable Healthcare Act and how the implementation of the new law may affect people.

Nearly 30 people attended the meeting held at the Edward Plainfield Outpatient Center on Oct. 2 to learn more about the largest reform on healthcare in over 50 years and the coverage that is now being offered to the nearly 2 million Illinoisans without health insurance.

Attendees directed any questions that they had to A.J. Wilhelmi, a former state senator who is now a lobbyist for the Illinois Hospital Association.

The major thing that Mr. Wilhelmi stressed to the group was that all people who do not have some form of health insurance must enroll in the program by January 1. Many people do not understand that enrollment is mandatory for everyone who is uninsured and failure to enroll by the deadline will invoke a penalty.

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