JBTRedIllinois legislators wear red to spread awareness of cardiovascular disease

Senator Bertino-Tarrant showed her support for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement at the Illinois State Capitol today. All state legislators and statewide elected officials were asked to wear red by the Conference of Women Legislators as part of an annual Statehouse event to spread awareness of heart disease in women.  Bertino-Tarrant wore a red sweater to show her support.

Heart disease is the number one killer for both men and women in Illinois, but is under diagnosed in its treatable stages and many people just aren’t aware of the risk factors or simple preventative measures.  The Go Red For Women movement is trying to raise awareness to change that. 

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SenateSenator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant took the oath of office today, beginning her first term representing the 49th Legislative District in the Illinois Senate. Her husband and two children accompanied her to Springfield for the inaugural ceremony.

“It is a tremendous honor to take this oath and begin the important work of serving as my constituents’ voice in the Senate,” Bertino-Tarrant said.  “I look forward to working with my new colleagues to tackle our state’s problems, find reasonable solutions and strive to make Illinois the best it can be.”

Sen. Bertino-Tarrant is a fourth-generation Will County resident who won the newly created 49th District Senate seat in the November 2012 election.  The new district includes all or part of Bolingbrook, Crest Hill, Joliet, Oswego, Plainfield, Romeoville and Shorewood.

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