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Budget – Unpaid Bills
Unpaid bill total now well above $11 billion. The total of unpaid bills reported by the Office of the Comptroller is now greater than $11.3 billion. The unpaid-bill total includes bills that are in the Comptroller’s office waiting to be paid, and bills that are still in the various agencies of the State, such as the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, that the Comptroller knows about but which have not yet been forwarded for payment. These are past-due bills that represent services that providers have expended resources for, pursuant to State law, but for which they have not yet been paid.
Heads up, Gmail users: a new phishing attack is making the rounds and it's fooling even technically-savvy, security-conscious users.

The ruse aims to steal usernames and passwords for Gmail and other services, and "is being used right now with a high success rate," according to Mark Maunder, CEO of WordPress security plugin Wordfence, who described the campaign in detail. Like other phishing attacks, this one starts with an email. Instead of a random person, the email may appear to have been sent by someone you know, and it may include an image of an attachment you recognize from the sender.

"You click on the image, expecting Gmail to give you a preview of the attachment. Instead, a new tab opens up and you are prompted by Gmail to sign in again. You glance at the location bar and you see accounts.google.com in there," Maunder wrote.

Once you sign in, the attackers have full access to your account. Read the rest of the story by PC Magazine.
Winger takes the oath of office.
Rep. Wingers begins her 2nd term. On Wednesday, State Representative Christine Winger (R-Wood Dale) took the oath of office with 117 other members of the 100th General Assembly. The historic inauguration took place at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Winger won re-election to the Illinois Legislature last November and will begin her second term in the House of Representatives. Read more.

100th General Assembly Convenes
On Wednesday, State Representative Christine Winger (R-Wood Dale) took the oath of office with 117 other members of the 100th General Assembly. The historic inauguration took place at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Winger won re-election to the Illinois Legislature last November and will begin her second term in the House of Representatives

“I am honored to continue representing 45th District families,” said Winger. “Over the last two years I’ve learned a great deal about how Springfield works and look forward to being an effective voice on behalf of my constituents.”

The human trafficking of children for sex in Illinois happens in every small town and big city throughout the state. In 2016, DCFS investigated 143 calls to the hotline for allegations of Human Trafficking. Many of the reports involved children being victimized within blocks of where they live.

Trafficking is not just an issue that happens to people in other countries. The United States is a source and transit country, and is also considered one of the top destination points for victims of child trafficking and exploitation. Cases of human trafficking have been reported in all 50 U.S. States; anyone can be trafficked regardless of race, class, education, gender, age, or citizenship when forcefully coerced or enticed by false promises (source: unicefusa.org). It’s important to remember that anyone under the age of 18 involved in this crime is a victim.
191 new laws take effect January 1, 2017. Here is a preview of 21 laws you should know about:

Social media right to privacy 
Public Act 99-610, House Bill 4999
Amends the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act to make it illegal for an employer or prospective employer to request or require an employee or applicant to access a personal online account (such as Facebook) in the presence of the employer. It is also illegal to request or require that an employee or applicant invite the employer to join a group affiliated with any personal online account of the employee, or applicant, or join an online account established by the employer.
Rep. Winger hosts reception for art students from
Westfield Middle School to showcase their artwork.
O’Hare 
Fly Quiet Test Program Set to Expire. Created as a temporary effort, the trial period of the Fly Quiet Program will expire on December 25th of this year. The decision to make the program permanent is partially based on community response to a survey created by O’Hare officials. Rep. Winger urges all residents affected by noise from O'Hare to complete the survey. Read more.

Illinois Lottery
Winger explores legislative options to get to the heart of newly identified concerns at the Illinois Lottery. Earlier this month the Chicago Tribune reported that lottery scratch off winning tickets were not entirely random and grand prizes were not always paid out. Here's the original story.