School Districts throughout the 49th Senate District are working hard to address the needs of the communities.

Below is a list of current plans by school districts.

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PLAINFIELD — As a result of our current situation, some people are forced to stay in dangerous situations because they have nowhere else to go.

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is reminding people the importance of reporting suspected abuse, neglect and exploitation of all people — but especially those who may not be able to speak up on their own, including older adults and people with disabilities.

“Victims of abuse can be too afraid to report on their own, or do not have the means to do so,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It’s up to everyone to be aware of the signs of abuse and keep an eye on neighbors, customers, and our loved ones.”

Alongside the Illinois Department on Aging, Bertino-Tarrant is advocating to protect seniors and adults with disabilities from abuse. The three-year campaign — pegged as Engage2Change — received a $2.1 million grant from the federal Administration for Community Living.

Through the use of television, email marketing and other digital platforms, the campaign will focus on educating people about the signs of abuse and encouraging them to do their part to prevent future problems.

“People who suspect abuse should report it immediately,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “We need to ensure those who need help get it as soon as possible.”

People who are victims of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation — or know someone who is a victim — are encouraged to call the Department on Aging’s 24-hour abuse hotline at 866-800-1409, or visit Trained professionals are available to take reports of suspected abuse and forward them to local adult protective service agencies.

ROMEOVILLE – Unused documents like bills and medical records can begin to crowd people’s homes. To ensure the items are properly disposed, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Plainfield) will host a free public shred event Aug. 4.

“Shred events allow for a safe, free and convenient way to dispose of unneeded private documents,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It is an extra step to help protect from fraud and identity theft.”

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Bertino-Tarrant has partnered with State Representative Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) to host the event Tuesday at the former Romeoville Target.

To help reduce the chances of identity theft, experts recommend shredding things like bank statements, credit card offers and credit card convenience checks. Residents should also shred canceled credit cards, canceled checks, pay stubs, old photo IDs and tax returns that are more than three years old.

To keep everyone safe and healthy, staff and volunteers will wear necessary PPE when unloading vehicles. People participating should stay in their vehicles during the event for the health and safety of all attending.

Additionally, the Romeoville Police Department will offer medication disposal services. No liquids or sharps will be accepted.

Electronics recycling services will not be offered at this event, and people are limited to bringing two boxes of paper.

"During the stay at home order, many of us have taken the time to clean out our houses, including our file and medicine cabinets," said Manley. "This event will be a perfect opportunity for constituents to safely dispose of sensitive documents and ensure that unused medications are properly taken care of."

If people have questions about the event, Bertino-Tarrant urges them to contact her district office at 815-254-4211 or visit

WHO: All Will County and surrounding residents

WHAT: Free Shred Event

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

WHERE: Romeoville Target parking lot, located at 349 Weber Road. 

PLAINFIELD — State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is pleased to learn more than $100 million will go toward bridging the digital divide in schools across the state and protecting the safety of both students and teachers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

photo 1503676260728 1c00da094a0b“Every student in the state deserves a quality education and should not be hindered by access to technology,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Technology is a critical tool in learning and we must invest in it to give students the resources they need to succeed.”

More than $108 million in federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief funds have been allocated to preK-12 public education and higher education institutions to meet the unique challenges of COVID-19. 

A total of $10 million of the funds will support early childhood education programs, while K-12 schools will receive $50 million to close the digital divide, train educators and parents and supply social-emotional supports for students. 

In total, school districts will receive $32.5 million to purchase laptops and tablets and $7.5 million to purchase WiFi hotspots and increase internet connectivity for students and their families. 

Higher education institutions will receive $49 million, most of which will go directly to public universities and community colleges to help students overcome barriers created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The funds will allow students across the state to have access to essential tools they need to be successful in school,” Bertino-Tarrant, who serves as chair of the Senate’s education committee, said. “We need to support students by closing the digital literacy gap and ensuring equitable technology access for all.”



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