03012017CM0381WebPLAINFIELD - State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) urges Will and Kendall County residents to shop and buy local this holiday season.

As people across the state begin their holiday shopping this year, Bertino-Tarrant is reminding residents to patronize Will and Kendall County local businesses, especially on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30.

“Small businesses drive our economy,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Take some time to support these businesses that sustain our communities, link us with our neighbors and make our region unique.”

Bertino-Tarrant reminds residents that Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support the small, family-run businesses that do so much throughout the year to support our community.

In 2018, the National Federation of Independent Business reported 104 million shoppers spent a record high of $17.8 billion on Small Business Saturday. The survey also found that, 59 percent of small business owners reporting that Small Business Saturday contributes significantly to their holiday sales each year.

For every $100 spent in locally owned, independent stores, $68 goes back to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures, studies have shown.

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PLAINFIELD – To help ensure residents in Will County are warm during the cold winter months, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is launching a winter clothing drive.

Fromjbt clothing driveresize 1 Nov. 25 to Dec. 13, local and state elected officials are working together to help boost supplies at organizations throughout the region that benefit Will County residents.

“As temperatures continue to drop this winter season, our neighbors, veterans and children will need the proper gear to stay warm,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I’m spearheading this warm clothing drive to help ensure no one goes cold during these winter months. If you have coats, gloves, hats or sweatshirts laying around the house, please consider donating them.”

Organizations are in the need of all sizes of gently used or new winter gear including coats, socks, sweatshirts, scarves, gloves and more.

The winter months are a terrible struggle for low-income families, seniors, veterans and the homeless.

“Seniors, children and veterans in our own communities may struggle to afford the proper winter gear to survive the season,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “For you it may be a simple gesture, but to our neighbors who need an extra helping hand, it may mean the world.”

Bertino-Tarrant urges residents to stop by any of the following locations to drop off donations:

• State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant’s Office (15300 Rt. 59, Unit 202, Plainfield)
• State Senator John Curran’s Office (7501 Lemont Rd., Suite 315G, Woodridge)
• State Senator Napoleon Harris’ Office (1350 E. Sibley Blvd., Suite 403, Dolton)
• State Senator Michael E. Hastings’ Office (20855 S. LaGrange Rd., Suite 102, Frankfort)
• State Senator Patrick Joyce’s Office (270 Main St., Park Forest)
• State Senator Pat McGuire’s Office (16151 Weber Rd., Suite 103, Crest Hill)
• State Senator Sue Rezin’s Office (1421 N. Division St., Morris)
• Plainfield Village Hall (24401 W. Lockport St., Plainfield)
• Channahon Village Hall (24555 S. Navajo Dr., Channahon)
• Romeoville Village Hall (1050 Romeo Rd., Romeoville)
• Crest Hill City Hall (1610 Plainfield Rd., Crest Hill)
• Mokena Village Hall (11004 Carpenter St., Mokena)
• Wilmington City Hall (1165 S. Water St., Wilmington)
• Rockdale Village Hall (79 Moen Ave., Rockdale)
• Lockport City Hall (222 E. 9th St., Lockport)
• Manhattan Village Hall (260 Market Pl., Manhattan)
• Joliet City Hall (150 W. Jefferson St., Joliet)

The winter clothing drive will benefit the Will County Veterans’ Assistance Commission and other organizations in the region.

For more information, please contact Bertino-Tarrant’s office at (815) 254-4211.


PolicyPieSmJOLIET – State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant invites residents to join her for a policy discussion and a slice of pie.

Bertino-Tarrant is hosting Policy & Pie, candid conversation to update area residents on state legislation over a slice of pumpkin pie on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Book & Bean Café located at the Joliet Public Library – Black Rd Branch (3395 W. Black Rd., Joliet).

“As we kick off the holiday season, join us for an informative conversation on legislation impacting our state and community, while enjoying a delicious slice of pie,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Events like this serve as an opportunity for me to hear area residents’ opinions and input on issues concerning us all.”

The event is free and open to residents.

Bertino-Tarrant urges residents to reach out to her office at (815) 254-4211  with any questions or concerns.

american flagPLAINFIELD– State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant wishes veterans across the region a happy Veterans Day.

Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) urges residents to look for opportunities to thank local veterans on Monday, Nov. 11 and throughout the year.

“Veterans Day serves as a reminder of the sacrifices our brave heroes have made to protect our democratic rights and freedoms,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I urge residents to take time this month to reach out to the veterans in your life to thank them for their great service to our nation and community.”

Bertino-Tarrant pushed a number of veterans’ initiatives this year including streamlining the process for Illinois veterans to receive state identification cards or driver’s licenses with a veteran designation, recognizing missing veterans at state airports, and securing funding for veterans programs and state homes to better serve servicemen and -women.

“These new laws are our way of showing appreciation for all they do to keep us safe,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I will continue to look for ways to help streamline processes, ease the stress of transitioning back to civilian life and better serve our veterans, servicemen and -women and military families.”

Bertino-Tarrant urges veterans, service men and women and military families to reach out to her office at (815) 254-4211 for help connecting with state and local assistance programs.



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