Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant

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Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 49th district
Assumed office
January 2013 (2013-Jan)
Preceded byNew District
Will County Regional
Superintendent of Schools
In office
July 2007 (2007-Jul) – January 2013 (2013-Jan)
Preceded byRichard P. Duran
Succeeded byShawn Walsh
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceShorewood, Illinois
Alma materIllinois State University (B.A.)
University of St. Francis (M.S.)
Loyola University (Ed.D.)

Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant is a member of the Illinois Senate for the 49th district. The 49th district includes all or part of Bolingbrook, Crest Hill, Joliet, Oswego, Plainfield, Romeoville and Shorewood.[1] Prior to her service as an Illinois State Senator, she served as the Will County Superintendent of Schools and as both and educator and administrator in public and private schools.

Early life, education and career[edit]

She attended the University of St. Francis and received a masters in Curriculum and Instruction with a secondary teaching certificate in History/Social Sciences. She later earned a doctorate in education with Superintendent's Endorsement from Loyola University. She has worked as a teacher and administrator in both public and private schools in Will County.[2]

Bertino-Tarrant is a lifelong resident of Will County and is the owner-operator of a family business operating in Joliet. She is also involved in the Joliet Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and the Troy Educational Foundation Board. She is a parishioner at St. Paul the Apostle Church.[3]

Will County Superintendent of Schools[edit]

In 2007, Bertino-Tarrant unseated the incumbent to become the Will County Regional Superintendent of Schools. The Will County Regional Superintendent heads the Regional Office of Education (ROE) for Will County. The office acts as an intermediate between the State Board of Education and local school districts. The office administers truancy prevention, GED testing, life safety inspections of school buildings, bus driver training, continuing education for educators and assisting school districts in complying with various state laws.[4] In her capacity as Superintendent, she also serves as the ex-oficio Secretary of the Will County Regional Board of School Trustees.[5]

As Regional Superintendent, she established Lincoln School as an alternative program for at-risk students. The program is a hybrid of computer-based classes with direct teacher instruction.[6]

Illinois State Senator[edit]

2012 election[edit]

Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant was the Democratic nominee for the 49th State Senate district facing Garrett Peck in the general election. In the general election she was endorsed by the AFL-CIO, Associated Firefighters of Illinois, Illinois Education Association and Illinois Farm Bureau.[7]

On election night, Bertino-Tarrant defeated Peck to become the State Senator elect from the 49th district.[8]

Illinois State Senate District 49 election – 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant 41,766 52.73
Republican Garrett Peck 37,439 47.27
Total votes 79,205 100


Bertino-Tarrant's associated representatives will be District 97 Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) and District 98 Representative Natalie Manley (D-Joliet). In 2018, Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker appointed Bertino-Tarrant to the Educational Success transition committee, which is responsible for state education policy.[9]


  1. ^ "PA 97-0006 Legislative District 49" (PDF). 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2015-09-07.
  2. ^ "Plainfield Patch Candidate Profile". Archived from the original on 2012-11-10.
  3. ^ "Chicago Daily Herald Candidate Profile".
  4. ^ "About the Will County Regional Superintendent".
  5. ^ "Will County Regional Board of School Trustees". Archived from the original on 2012-07-04.
  6. ^ "Official Campaign Biography".
  7. ^ "Official Campaign Endorsements".
  8. ^ "Plainfield Patch Election Night Report".
  9. ^ Miller, Rich (November 27, 2018). "Pritzker transition announces Educational Success Committee". Capitol Fax. Retrieved November 27, 2018.

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