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Rep. Winger celebrates the Grand Opening of Metro Self Storage in Addison alongside Mayor Veenstra.

Report Shows Relatively Strong FY18 Budget Numbers
The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CGFA), the nonpartisan budget accounting arm of the General Assembly, tracked State tax and other receipts throughout FY18, the fiscal management period that ended on June 30, 2018. The monthly report for June 2018 contains final CGFA numbers for the year. General funds receipts totaled almost $42.5 billion for the twelve-month period.

More than half of the receipts were derived from personal income tax receipts ($20.8 billion) and federal reimbursements through Medicaid and other programs. Illinois has to raise and spend Medicaid money in order to get matching funds from the federal government. $5.2 billion in federal matching funds and other federal funds were included in Illinois general funds accounts in FY18.

Illinois’ FY18 sales tax revenues of more than $8.2 billion could be augmented in FY19 by a recent decision of the U.S. Supreme Court. In the June 2018 decision cited as South Dakota v. Wayfair, the federal high court upheld the rights of the states to work with interstate retailers (such as firms that sell goods over the Internet) to enforce the collection of sales taxes that are being sent to an end-user in that state. The State’s FY19 balanced budget includes a projected $150 million annual cash infusion from sales taxes that will be charged on goods sold to Illinois residents. As an increasing percentage of consumers buy goods online, CGFA staff believes this could be a conservative estimate.

Rep. Winger and daughter Sammy participate in “Saturday Stories” and Open Playtime for kids and parents at the Carol Stream Public Library on July 7th.

Honor 200
The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Illinois Bi-Centennial Committee will honor the work of 200 veterans from across the State of Illinois, whose contributions are above and beyond the call of duty as they dedicate their time and energy to assist their fellow veterans and service members. Nominees are evaluated based on their achievements, and on the extent to which their contributions have aided, benefited and provided inspiration to their community at large. Additionally, nominees must have received an honorable discharge from the U.S. military and reside in Illinois. 
This award has a very special meaning for our state. It provides us the opportunity to showcase the value of community service as exemplified by our Illinois Veterans. Whether it’s service to one’s country, one’s family, friends, neighbors or community, the example set by our veterans illustrates how far individuals are willing to go, to help their fellow citizens. Both on and off the battlefield, veterans exemplify the meaning of selfless service, courage and compassion.  In this way, they are the exact role models we need in our communities! 
To access the nomination form, visit

Rep. Winger was honored to attend the opening of the annual Marklund "Summer Games" in Bloomingdale on June 23. Marklund is a non-profit provider of services for individuals with profound disabilities. Marklund's promise is to "make everyday life possible for individuals with profound disabilities."

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Decision in Janus Case 

In a 5-4 decision, the court sided with Mark Janus, who contended his free speech rights were violated by being forced to pay fair share dues to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Janus works as a child support specialist for the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. The job is a union position represented by AFSCME. 

The opinion will mean immediate changes for Illinois state workers. Gov. Bruce Rauner said the state will stop withholding fair share fees from non-union member paychecks. He also said state workers will be notified of the ruling and “be given an opportunity to modify their union status.” He said the average unionized state employee pays more than $900 a year in fees.

The case, which was pursued by conservative organizations and originally launched by Rauner, involved fair share fees. Fair share fees are charged to people in union jobs who do not wish to join the union and pay full union dues. The fees are supposed to help cover the union’s costs in negotiating contracts on behalf of workers in union jobs.

State Representative Christine Winger recently hosted Illinois Farm Bureau representatives from neighboring counties to her 45th District. The Representative was happy to welcome Chastity Welch, Brad Smith and Ed Livengood from the Carroll County Farm Bureau, Melanie Krawczyk, from the DuPage County Farm Bureau, Bona Heinsohn from the Cook County Farm Bureau and Christina Nourie, from the Illinois Farm Bureau for a day in her district! 

Rep. Winger took the group on a tour to show them different aspects of her district, including the Bloomingdale Park District’s Springfield Park and Springfield Park Wetlands. Carrie Fullerton, Executive Director of the Bloomingdale Park District provided the tour of the new baseball fields and infrastructure in the park, and Forrest Rackmyer was able to provide specific information on the updates to the Wetlands to the group.
Representative Winger is pictured above with Forrest Rackmyer of Pizzo and Associates, who is in charge of the Wetlands project at the Bloomingdale Park District. 

Representative Winger is pictured with Carrie Fullerton of the Bloomingdale Park District. 

Rep. Winger recently hosted a Student Art Gallery at her district office, recognizing artistic talents of local students at Westfield Middle School (also pictured: Jon Bartelt, Superintendent of SD 13, Linda Wojcicki, SD 13 board member, Deyana Matt, art teacher at Westfield Middle School).

This weekend Rep. Winger also hosted a paper shredding event in Bloomingdale. The event had a great turnout, and is one the Representative enjoys providing for district residents every year! Special thanks to ComEd for sponsoring the event. Rep. Winger is pictured above with Cynthia Thomas, External Affairs Manager from ComEd. 

Moody's Cites 'Positive' Moves in New Illinois Budget
The 2019 Illinois budget enacted last week includes a voluntary pension buyout plan and a boost in school funding, which are credit-positive moves for the relatively low-rated state and its school districts, Moody’s Investors Service said on Monday.

The $38.5 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1 incorporates $423 million in savings that would be generated by current or former public-sector workers choosing to accept a buyout of their pensions or a retirement benefit in exchange for cash raised by the sale of up to $1 billion of state general obligation bonds.

“The state’s buyout offer is credit positive because it will generate significant pension liability savings to the extent that employees accept the offer,” Moody’s said, adding that actual savings could fall short if participation fails to meet targets of 22 percent of vested former workers and 25 percent of retiring current workers. Read the rest of the story here.
State Representative Christine Winger is hosting her annual paper shredding event on Saturday, June 16th in Boomingdale, at the parking lot on the Northwest corner of 3rd Street and Schick Road. Area residents can drop off up to two bags of paper documents for shredding from 9am-Noon.

Shredding documents to ensure personal information and data is destroyed is now more important than ever, with identity theft and fraud continually on the rise. This is one of the reasons Rep. Winger likes to remind her constituents to take the extra step to protect their information.

The upcoming shredding event is a great opportunity for local residents to destroy sensitive documents to help prevent identity theft and fraud. Documents that should be shredded include mail with personal information such as names, addresses, phone numbers or account information.

The Representative has hosted a paper shredding event every year so that it is convenient for local residents to drop off their documents to be shredded free of charge.

If you have questions about the upcoming event, feel free to contact Rep. Winger’s district office at (847) 252-9311.

Rep. Winger Hosts Annual Property Tax Seminar 

State Representative Christine Winger held her annual Property Tax Seminar recently at the Bloomingdale Public Library. Representative Winger has prioritized this event every year to help residents understand the complex and often confusing property tax system and assessment process.

At this year’s seminar, Rep. Winger was again able to provide her 45th District residents with all the information they need to understand the process of how properties are assessed, and the right tools to learn how to appeal an assessment.

Local Tax Assessors were on hand to lead a detailed presentation on what variables affect your tax bill, how the assessment process works, and what exemptions are available. They were also able to answer residents’ specific questions on their tax bills and provide helpful insight. For any resident who was unable to attend this year’s seminar, but would like to know more, feel free to contact Rep. Winger’s District Office.

FY19 Budget

On Monday, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a $38.5 billion bipartisan compromise budget that holds the line on taxes, increases funding for education, curbs spending, and creates a new adoption tax credit that will make it less costly for Illinois parents to adopt children.

“For the first time in years, we have an opportunity to manage our way into balance, and we don’t have to dip into the pockets of overtaxed Illinoisans to do it,” Rauner said. “Balance is in reach because we were able to accomplish $445 million of pension reform and the economy is stronger thanks to federal tax reform, and we are benefiting from an unexpected boost in tax receipts.”

“I’m signing this legislation because it is a step in the right direction, but it is not perfect,” he said. “We have a lot of work to do before we fully restore the state’s fiscal integrity. We still need to enact reforms that bring down the cost of government, make the state friendlier to job creators, and ignite our state economy so it grows faster than government spending.”

The bulk of the FY19 plan was laid out months ago when the Governor gave his budget address to the General Assembly on Valentine’s Day. It was there that he framed his chief goals for the upcoming fiscal year: spending within our means, and no new taxes.

"This balanced budget was a bipartisan compromise that contains no new taxes and includes full year funding with appropriations for those who rely upon us - schools, universities, corrections, seniors, families, children and the underprivileged," House Republican Leader Jim Durkin said. "I have always said we can achieve great things when we respect the priorities and principles of our counterparts, and with this new framework I look forward to accomplishing more reforms for the state of Illinois."

The General Assembly adopted many of the Governor’s key agenda items. He listed some of them during a press conference attended by legislative leaders, sponsors and budget negotiators.

o Blocked New Spending. Rauner and the Republican leaders staved off $1 billion in spending increases by aggressively managing agency budgets and tabling $500 million in spending increase proposals. That’s a billion and a half dollars in much-needed spending restraint.

o Education Funding. The budget fully funds the new evidence-based formula the administration introduced in 2015 and signed into law last summer. There’s $350 million in new K-12 dollars, which is up $1.4 billion since 2015, and $50 million for Early Childhood Education, which is up $200 million since 2015. AIM HIGH scholarships get $50 million to encourage Illinois high grads to attend Illinois universities. The MAP grant program is funded for four years. Colleges get $25 million of new money and the tuition tax credit program stays intact.

o Pension Reform. The legislature addressed pension costs by making some modest reforms that will reduce long-term liabilities and save $445 million this year.

o Adoption Tax Credit. Rauner said he was “particularly proud” of the work on his measure to create tax credits to encourage more adoptions by Illinois parents. Parents who can provide stable, loving homes for needy children can qualify for tax credits up to $5000 per child.

o Illinois Innovation Network. The budget gives the University of Illinois System $500 million to fund the Governor’s signature economic development program. The initial step is to get the Discovery Partners Institute up and running. DPI envisions a research and business public-private partnership that involves the entire Illinois university system and business innovators. U of I System estimates that the effort could spark $4 billion in annual invested capital for Illinois and create hundreds of thousands of jobs.

o Quincy Veterans’ Home. There is $53 million in FY19 budget to get underway with the administration’s plan to construct a new veteran’s home in Quincy.

The budget was contained in two separate bills. HB 109 appropriates the $38.5 billion contained in the State’s general funds spending plan for FY19. HB 3342, the FY19 Budget Implementation (BIMP) bill, contains changes to the State’s statutory laws necessary to enable the State’s spending to be carried out within the overall $38.5 billion framework.

A major credit rating house, Standard & Poor’s, followed up on the budget enactment by reaffirming Illinois’s investment-grade credit rating. The two bills represented the first bipartisan, balanced budget enacted by Illinois in 15 years. Both HB 109 and HB 3342 were approved by final action of the House and sent to the Governor for signature. HB 109 (now P.A. 100-586) was approved by a vote of 97-18-00, and HB 3342 (now P.A. 100-587) was approved by a vote of 100-14-0. Both votes took place on Thursday, May 31. The two budget bills were signed into law on Monday, June 4.

House Adjourns 2018 Spring Session

Following more than four months of committee and floor action, the Illinois House adjourned on Thursday, May 31. This was the second and final main session of the 100th General Assembly, which was sworn into office in January 2017. As of May 31, the House members of the 100th General Assembly have sponsored 5,913 bills and 1,166 resolutions. In addition, state senators have sponsored more than 5,000 bills and resolutions. Many of these bills have been passed by both houses and sent to the Governor to become law.

The House and Senate look forward to returning to Springfield on Tuesday, November 13 for Veto Session, which is the six-day period set aside for consideration of the Governor’s vetoes of bills passed by both houses. In addition, committees and task forces of lawmakers will continue working throughout the summer and fall, and will hear witnesses offer testimony and guidance on key and ongoing State issues.