State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant today applauded the governor's signage of legislation that imposes stiffer penalties on repeat domestic battery offenders. Bertino- Tarrant was a co-sponsor of the legislation.

"Domestic battery is a problem in all of our communities," Sen. Bertino-Tarrant said. "This new law shows the abusers that we are not going to stand idly by while they continue to assault their partners. It also shows victims that the state and the judicial system are on their side."

The new law increases the penalties for domestic battery from a Class 4 felony with a one-to three-year prison term to a Class 3 felony with a two-to five-year prison term upon the offender's fourth domestic battery conviction. The penalty then increases to a Class 2 felony with a three-to seven-year prison term for all subsequent convictions if the offender has four or more domestic battery convictions.

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Earlier this month, state officials announced that the deadline for new applications for The Illinois Hardest Hit Program's (HHP) temporary mortgage assistance is set for September 30, 2013.

Senator Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) wants to ensure that everyone in need of homeowner assistance is aware of the upcoming deadline.

"Homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages should apply for the program before it's too late," Sen. Bertino-Tarrant said. "This program was designed to help the unemployed and underemployed and anyone who falls into that category should try to take advantage of this resource."

The state of Illinois launched the Hardest Hit Program in September 2011 to assist homeowners struggling to maintain their homes while they worked to regain employment and financial stability. Thousands of homeowners have already been helped through funding from HHP.


Illinois is now the final state in the nation to allow concealed carry. House Bill 183 has been approved by the General Assembly, and will be implemented.

With this change in law come questions about the regulations gun owners need to follow. To learn more about concealed carry please click the Concealed Carry FAQ graffic.


Senator Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will be holding satellite office hours throughout the district over the course of the next few months, beginning this Thursday in Oswego. 

The first satellite office event will be held Thursday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Oswego Village Hall (100 Parkers Mill, Oswego, IL 60543).

“The 49th District is quite large and many times the district office is too far or hours are too inconvenient for area residents,” Sen. Bertino-Tarrant said. “Satellite Office hours give constituents the unique opportunity to meet with their Senator to discuss state or local concerns at a location that is convenient for them.”

Constituents are welcome to attend the satellite office hours to discuss state government or community issues.  Many other services are also provided. Residents can receive assistance with FOID card applications, food stamp issuance, healthcare, veteran or disability issues, Medicare paperwork, foreclosure prevention assistance and much more.

Senator Bertino-Tarrant’s office also invites constituents to participate in a canned food drive in conjunction with the Satellite Office event.

“Please help us help others by bringing a non-perishable donation,” Bertino-Tarrant said.



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