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Bertino-Tarrant advocates for Illinois’ small businesses

JBTAprilSPRINGFIELD- To encourage small business development in Illinois, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) passed a new tax credit to encourage and assist beginning entrepreneurs.

Bertino-Tarrant joined the Illinois State Senate in voting to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 1462, which creates an Entrepreneur Learner's Permit pilot program.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Economic development policies should not be a partisan issue. We all win when Illinois businesses thrive.”

The tax credit will reimburse beginning entrepreneurs forming new businesses in the information service, biotechnology and green technology business sectors for state fees associated with forming a new business in Illinois.

The Department of Commerce and Economic Development will administer the program. The program is capped at a total of $500,000 in reimbursements. 

“Investing in small businesses is a key component to growing Illinois’ economy,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I will continue to advocate for policies that encourage economic development and give small businesses the opportunity to grow right here in Illinois.”

After two years, the Department of Commerce and Economic Development will evaluate the program’s effectiveness and report to Illinois General Assembly and governor to ensure the tax credit is achieving its goal.

The measure passed the Senate and now heads to the House for consideration.

Bertino-Tarrant: “It’s our duty to equip our emergency professionals with the tools to prevent drug related deaths”

nalaxone 100417PLAINFIELD- Emergency professionals will now have easier access to the life-saving drug Naloxone to save Will County residents’ lives.

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is proud to announce Illinois now has a Standing Order to allow eligible organizations, mostly pharmacies and opioid overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) programs, to provide naloxone to any person without a direct prescription.

“The opioid epidemic does not see race, color or socioeconomic status; it is a crisis affecting every community across Illinois,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Naloxone gives us a way to save lives. It’s our duty to equip emergency professionals with the tools to prevent drug related deaths.”

Naloxone is a non-addictive prescription medication that, if used while someone is having a heroin overdose, can save the person’s life. It is more commonly referred to as Narcan. 

With Illinois’ standing order, insurers such as Medicaid and Medicare can be billed. Eligible individuals must complete appropriate training on naloxone administration to use the program.

In 2016, there were a record number of heroin related deaths in Will County, an increase of more than 40 percent from the previous year.  According to the Will County coroner’s office, 77 people died in Will County due to opioid overdoses last year.

Bertino-Tarrant has been working to end the opioid epidemic in Illinois by expanding educational resources to Will County residents.

The new law she championed this year requires the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) to create and maintain a website to educate people on the effects of heroin and prescription opioid abuse. The website will include the warning signs of heroin and opioid addiction, helpful tips for parents on how to discuss the dangers of addiction with their children, available treatment options and services, and other related information.

“We need to provide every possible resource and assistance we can as a state to address the heroin and opioid addiction problems many face throughout Illinois,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Addiction is hurting families in Will County. Educating area residents will help us alleviate and end the opioid overdose epidemic.”

Bertino-Tarrant urges area residents with questions on how to take advantage of resources to help fight opioid addiction to call her Plainfield office at (815) 254-4211.

Bertino-Tarrant prioritizes children over private school tax credits

ed fundingPLAINFIELD - State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) filed legislation to ensure public schools are funded adequately before any state funding is diverted to pay for costly private school scholarship programs.

“Tax credits should not be given out at the expense of our children,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The state should not start handing out tax rebates until we correct the disparities created by generations of systematic inequality in Illinois’ school system.”

Bertino-Tarrant’s measure, Senate Bill 2236, was filed in response to Senate Bill 1947, which includes a five year pilot program that would award a 75 percent tax credit to donors that contribute to scholarship funds for students to attend non-public schools. The credits are capped at of up to $1 million per taxpayer and $75 million statewide.

Bertino-Tarrant measure to publicize information on opioid addiction becomes law

jbt opiate addiction 091117SPRINGFIELD—Information regarding heroin and prescription opioid abuse will be more readily available thanks to legislation signed into law today.

“We need to provide every possible resource and assistance we can as a state to address the heroin and opioid addictions problem many face throughout Illinois,” State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) said. “Addiction is hurting families throughout the entire state and now we can try to help provide the information they need.”

Sen. Bertino-Tarrant

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49th Senate District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Associated Representatives: Mark Batinick; Natalie A. Manley

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Education (Chairperson); Labor; Licensed Activities and Pensions; Transportation.

Biography: Lifelong educator; former Will County superintendent and secretary of Will County Regional Board of School Trustees; B.A., Illinois State University; MS, University of St. Francis; EdD., Loyola.