OnlineChartersSenator Jenifer Bertino-Tarrant is asking both proponents and opponents of online charter schools to take a deep breath and relax.

There has been a great deal of public outcry regarding legislation that creates a one-year hold on further development of online charter schools in Illinois. The delay would allow for studies of similar schools in other states.

Proponents of online charter schools claim that this learning platform is the most significant advancement in the way we educate our children since the internet, while opponents worry that by not properly regulating online education, students could fall through the cracks and not receive a quality education.

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BertinoTarrant-GamingSenator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant issued the following statement following her vote against the gaming expansion bill.

“While I understand the revenue that gaming expansion can provide our state, especially in terms of education and social services, I am worried about the impact that this expansion will have on my community.”

Bertino-Tarrant fears the economic and local impact that increased gaming will have on residents of Will and Kendall counties.

The bill, SB 1739, narrowly passed out of the Senate yesterday. It will now be sent to the House for Representatives for further action.

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AARP Driver Safety FlyerTROY TOWNSHIP, SHOREWOOD, IL – Township Supervisor Joseph D. Baltz and Seniors & Veterans Committee Chairman Donald Walden announce that Troy Township will host an AARP Driver Safety Program Course for Troy Township seniors.

Under Illinois law, those above 55 - whether AARP members or not - qualify for a worthwhile multi-year auto insurance discount* by completing this course. *Please check with your insurance company for the exact discount and the correct procedure to obtain it. 

Studies have shown that fewer fatal and injury-causing crashes and fewer violations occur among drivers who have taken this nationally-recognized course. Upon completion of the course, each attendee is awarded a certificate.

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