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New laws, executive order helps 16,000 kids. The laws and executive order are oriented towards 16,000 children under the legal care and supervision of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). It is the universal goal of youth authorities, when a child needs a guardian, to select an adult relative or friend from the child’s background, but this is not always possible. In some cases, a court assigns guardianship over a young person or pre-adult to the State of Illinois. Young people in this category were traditionally called “wards of the state,” and one of the effects of this policy change will be to request that people in this standing now be called “youth in care.” Gov. Rauner signed the executive order on Friday, August 19.
Representative Winger was able to successfully champion important issues this legislative session, from reducing O’Hare Noise and supporting property tax relief to expanding services to veterans and ensuring the health and safety of our children.  

To find out more, click here to read some of the highlights of this year’s legislative session and accomplishments here at home in the 45th District.

As always, your feedback is much appreciated.  For any questions or concerns you may have on state issues, contact Rep. Winger's district office at (847) 252-9311 or visit
The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Office of Energy Assistance recently announced that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications for winter heating assistance for seniors and people with disabilities beginning September 1, 2016.

LIHEAP and the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) program are funded as part of the stopgap funding plan signed into law by Governor Rauner.
On Friday, Governor Rauner signed two important pieces of legislation sponsored by Rep. Christine Winger (R-Wood Dale) that will positively impact children by providing them with new opportunities for positive growth and development.

Identify hearing impairment in newborns

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) two to three out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a hearing impairment. If hearing loss is not identified early, language development is delayed, affecting a child’s ability to learn and develop social skills.
Governor signs bills honoring Gold Star Families, increasing services to Illinois veterans. Governor Bruce Rauner on Sunday, took action on several bills as part of Veterans Day at the 2016 Illinois State Fair. The bills strengthen Illinois’ commitment to our veterans and their families by providing needed assistance and honor to those who have sacrificed so much for our country and our state.

“The selflessness of our American heroes can never truly be repaid, but here in Illinois we are making it easier for our men and women to return home and have prosperous futures,” said Governor Rauner. “We are investing in our veterans’ futures while never forgetting those we have lost along the way.
On Sunday, Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law legislation sponsored by Rep. Christine Winger that will help troubled Veterans get their lives back on track.

The new law, Public Act 099-0807, requires the Chief Judge of every judicial circuit in Illinois to establish a Veterans and Servicemembers Court program.

“Often times, the men and women who have bravely served our country return home suffering from ill effects due in part to their military service, and many turn to alcohol or drugs to combat the emotional and psychological pain,” said Winger. “They risked their lives to protect our nation. We owe them the opportunity for rehabilitation by ensuring every judicial circuit provides them access to a Veterans Court.”
Winger host free kids fair on Saturday
Rep. Christine Winger is hosting a kids health & safety fair this weekend. The event will be held on Saturday, August 6th from 9 AM to 12:30 PM at Westfield Middle School, 149 S. Fairfield Way in Bloomingdale. The first demonstration starts at 9:30 AM with the Bloomingdale Beamers. Other demonstrations to follow will include the Traveling World of Reptiles Show. The Touch-A-Truck portion of the event will feature police squads, a 14-ton Wrecker, a Dump Truck, and more—giving kids the opportunity to get an up close look at each. Click here for more info.