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Equifax, an Atlanta based credit-rating agency, suffered a security breach on July 29th that exposed sensitive information of millions of Americans.   Such information included social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit card numbers, birthdays, and addresses. It has been determined that 5.4 million Illinois residents have been affected by the breach.

The company has set up a website where you can check if your personal information was affected by the breach:

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has opened an investigation into the recent security breach, and called on Equifax to provide free credit freezes to all Illinois residents in the wake of the breach. She urges Illinois residents to take the Equifax breach seriously and take steps to protect themselves from the possibility of identity theft:

· Seriously consider placing a credit freeze on your credit reports with all 3 consumer reporting agencies: TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax;

· Regularly request your free credit reports, inspect them closely, and promptly dispute any unauthorized accounts;

· Inspect all financial account statements closely and promptly dispute any unauthorized charges;

· Consider placing alerts on your financial accounts so your financial institution alerts you when money above a pre-designated amount is withdrawn;

· Beware of potential phishing emails; don't open any email messages or attachments from unknown senders and do not click on any unknown links. Fraudsters will frequently send coercive and misleading emails threatening account suspension or worse if sensitive information is not provided. Remember, businesses will never ask customers to verify account information via email. If in doubt, contact the business in question directly for verification and to report phishing emails; and

· Be on the lookout for spoofed email addresses. Spoofed email addresses are those that make minor changes in the domain name, frequently changing the letter O to the number zero, or the lowercase letter l to the number one. Scrutinize all incoming email addresses to ensure that the sender is truly legitimate.

With questions on the data breach, you can contact Equifax at 866-447-7559, or the Illinois Attorney General’s Identity Theft Hotline at 1 (866) 999-5630.
Representative Winger’s legislation to allow premium finance companies to send notices or documents electronically was recently signed into law. While previous legislation provides for insurance companies to do so, this bill extends this option to include premium finance companies. 

Delivering notices and important documents by electronic means provides for more efficient communications between consumers and companies. The legal effectiveness, validity, or enforceability of any agreements in documents sent electronically is to be considered the same as if sent in another manner. Some exclusions apply, but this will largely improve efficiency.

The need for this legislation was brought to Representative Winger’s attention by a local business, who recognized the necessity of providing this means of document transfer to a larger scope of businesses.

The bill, HB3244, passed smoothly with wide support in both the House and Senate and was signed by Governor Rauner on September 8th, becoming Public Act 100-0495.

State Representative Christine Winger is a sponsor of this year’s CS Barks Dog Festival which is held annually by the Carol Stream Park District.

This year’s festival will be held on Sunday September 10th from 10:00am-3:00pm at the Carol Stream Town Center.

The Festival is filled with dog performances, demos, and contests. There will be Frisbee dog demonstrations, K-9 Noseworks demonstrations, Canine Good Citizens and Trick Dog testing and much more. Vendors will also be present for dog owners at the nearby Fido Shopping Mall, and a trolley will be in service to shuttle both dogs and their owners around the site.

All dogs and their owners are welcome to attend this free event, but must all dogs must be leashed and vaccinated.

Rep. Winger has participated in this event for years, and this year is a proud sponsor. With questions, feel free to contact Rep. Winger’s District Office at (847) 252-9311.

As we watched the devastation in Houston unfold, we’ve tried to figure out how to harness the power of our own community to be a positive force for change and today we’re asking for your help.
Whether it’s just a few items or a whole pallet of supplies, we welcome individuals and fellow businesses in our community to drop off whatever you can manage to:

This community has shown we are capable of amazing things, now let’s help another community to build itself again.
We can accept donations from September 1st through September 18th
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM Monday – Friday
Noon – 7:00 PM – Saturday

Bath Soap
Smoke Detector
Pine Sol
Flashlight with Batteries
Disposable Razors
Bleach Wipes
Heavy Duty Garbage Bags
Shaving Cream
Bottles of Bleach
Garbage Cans
Dishwashing Liquid
Laundry Basket
Nail Clipper
Laundry Detergent
Aluminum Foil
Hand Sanitizer
Broom and Dustpan
Light Bulbs
Towels & Washcloths
Paper Towels
Duct Tape/Scotch Tape
Feminine Hygiene Products
Sealed Dry Storage Containers
Heavy Duty Work Gloves
First Aid Kits
Disposable Gloves
Contact Solution/Cases
Disposable Face Masks
Sledge Hammers
Cases of Water
Shower Curtain
Baby Diapers/Wipes
Toilet Paper
Gas Gift Cards
Toilet Brush
Dog/Cat Food
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Blankets/Bed Sheets

For additional information, contact Bill Wolff @ 630.363.4560
Today the Illinois House of Representatives approved SB1947 which will allocate necessary state funding for education to school districts state-wide. The bill represented a compromised agreement from legislative leaders to reform school funding in Illinois. Special session convened today in Springfield for a vote on the bill, which passed with bipartisan support.

State Representative Christine Winger (R-Wood Dale) supported the measure that utilizes an Evidence-Based Funding Formula to adequately and equitably fund Illinois schools.

“The funding formula has been broken for too long,” said Winger. “Today’s agreement is a historic step forward for education funding, one that will help our students have the opportunities they deserve to succeed while also ensuring all school districts are treated fairly.”

This model creates an adequacy target for each school district to prioritize funding. Under this bill, no school district will lose money, but rather it secures historic funding levels for all Illinois school districts.

Rep. Winger noted the mandate and property tax relief provided in the bill as extremely beneficial as it “provides greater flexibility for school districts, and also more opportunities for students,” said Winger.

The bill replaces the daily Physical Education requirement in schools with a minimum requirement of three days per week. It also allows 7th-12th graders to be exempt from Physical Education if they participate in athletics. Also included is a property tax referendum to give certain homeowners the ability to reduce their property taxes with a property tax relief provision.

Effective immediately, the passage of SB1947 allows funding to be allocated to school districts.
The Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test program was created by the Chicago Department of Aviation to determine whether alternating flight patterns across different runways at night would better disperse noise and reduce noise levels experienced by residents impacted by O’Hare Airport.

The third O’Hare Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test began the evening of July 23, 2017 and continues for 12 weeks, through the Week of October 8th. Each new week, the tests will begin on Sunday evening at 10 p.m.or after, when demand allows for one arrival and one departure runway.

The purpose of conducting a third test is to test in real time a runway rotation without the use of diagonal runway 15/33, which is slated to be decommissioned in the spring of 2018.

You can find more information on the Fly Quiet program here, and to view the entire schedule for the current 12-week test click here.

Representative Winger has diligently worked to provide noise relief for area residents through legislative initiatives in the General Assembly. “Hearing feedback from area residents on these tests is vital to their success and to finding the best solution that will provide the most relief,” said Winger. The Representative encourages residents to fill out the brief survey about the current Fly Quiet runway test to provide their feedback.

The survey will be available until October 14th. All questions must be answered in order to complete the survey.

Two of State Representative Christine Winger’s bills were recently signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner.

HB3240 and HB3251 are now public acts. The bills represent two important initiatives Rep. Winger worked on this year in the General Assembly, to better provide for the safety and well-being of the 45th District community.

HB3240 sets a deadline for implementation of the O’Hare noise monitoring upgrade already approved and mandated by the Illinois General Assembly. The community has been largely affected by adverse effects, especially increased noise, from O’Hare Airport. This bill will provide for the necessary noise monitoring upgrades—and ensure they are implemented by June 30, 2018.

HB3251 creates the offense of illegal electronic monitoring in the statute concerning cyberstalking. Rep. Winger filed this bill to help protect citizens’ privacy and safety from spyware and tracking software being unknowingly installed or downloaded onto cell phones for the purpose of harassment or stalking.

Both bills became effective as law when they were signed by the Governor on August 18th, 2017.