lightbulbSenator Bertino-Tarran is pleased to announce that the Will County Center for Community Concerns has begun registration for energy assistance to income-eligible households as a part of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Applications are currently accepted for households that contain a senior receiving Social Security benefits. Today, funding assistance is also available to those whose heating systems have already been disconnected by their utility company and households with children under the age of five.

All other income-eligible households will become eligible on November 1st.  Applications will be accepted through May 31st, 2014 or until all funding has been exhausted.

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JBTSandwichFlyerNext week, Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant will be partnering with Representatives Manley and Cross to host an event for the many members of our community who find themselves not only still caring for their young children, but also caring for their aging parents.

'The Sandwich Generation' event will be held on Saturday, October 12th from 10-11:30am at the Edward Plainfield Outpatient Center (Building A, lower level) and will feature presenters Jennifer Lynch and Jim Horvath.

"Being the caregiver for our loved ones on both sides of this spectrum can be challenging and very often we neglect to take adequate care of ourselves," Senator Bertino-Tarrant said. "This event will provide information on the resources available to those of us challenged by being 'sandwiched' between care for our children and our parents, as well as assist attendees at finding the time to focus some of their energy on themselves."

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2013-09-19 18-20-01 923-1Last week, Senator Bertino-Tarrant held her first town hall meeting in the 49th District.  The meeting focused primarily on a few of our states critical issues—pensions and regional transportation.

In addition to attendees having the opportunity to discuss their concerns with Senator Bertino-Tarrant face-to-face, the Illinois Senate Democrats Chief Legal Counsel and representatives from the Illinois  Department of Transportation were also in attendance and able to offer insight on agenda items such as the work of the Pension Conference Committee and upcoming south suburban road projects, respectively.

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Education roundtableLast month, Senator Bertino-Tarrant hosted two roundtable events in the 49th district.  The first roundtable event brought together superintendents from Will and Kendall counties in an effort to identify concerns related to mandates, training and how to best utilize their resources without receipt of adequate education funding from the state.  The group brainstormed for over two hours on ways to work more effectively and efficiently with the limited resources that they have.   Senator Bertino-Tarrant hopes to work in the upcoming legislative session to address some of the concerns of the group, in an effort to help all schools make the best use of their time, funding, directives and continuing education.

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