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Representative Winger visited "Build Day" at Oak Brook Elementary School, Wood Dale. Wood Dale School District 7 received a grant from Discover Financial Services to build a new playground for the students at Oak Brook Elementary. The program is in partnership with KaBoom!, a nonprofit dedicated to giving kids great, safe places to play.

Illinois K-12 High-Speed Internet Connectivity Rises to 96%
It was announced this week that 96 percent of K-12 school districts in Illinois can access the internet at speeds of 100 kbps per student, a substantial improvement from 71 percent just three years ago. Median bandwidths also have markedly improved, increasing 2.5 times since 2015.

High-speed connectivity ensures that students have access to more digital resources, which in turn expands learning opportunities. By making high-speed internet accessible, educators and students gain the benefits of greater interactivity, collaboration, engagement and personal instruction.

Illinois’ digital advances were reported by the EducationSuperHighway which tracks progress toward K-12 connectivity across the United States. The national nonprofit advocates for upgrading internet access in every public school classroom in America.

While Illinois has advanced its school digital resources, work remains. EducationSuperHighway says that 407,093 students in 32 school districts across the state still need adequate bandwidth for digital learning. There also are 136 school campuses that lack scalable fiber-optic broadband connections.

The Illinois Classroom Connectivity Initiative, launched by the Rauner administration in 2016, is an effort to ensure that all districts receive the support and funding to close this school broadband gap. The FY19 education budget includes a $17 million Broadband Expansion fund to help cover costs of fiber upgrades for school districts. There is also provision for free technical assistance.

Illinois State Fire Marshal Wants You to Have a Fire Free Fall
Fall is officially here and so are cooler temperatures. The Office of the State Fire Marshal is offering a few tips that will help Illinoisans stay safe as temperatures continue to drop.

This Fall, be sure to remove leaves and debris such as sticks, branches and shrubs from the roofs and gutters of homes as they act as fuel to a fire. These items should also be cleared before lighting a bonfire. It is recommended that all recreational fires, such as bonfires, be contained in a pit, with sidewalls, and do not exceed 3 feet wide and 2 feet tall.

Avoid burning leaves and debris on windy days, as wind can cause a fire to get out of control quickly. Always follow your local ordinances when burning and disposing of yard waste and remember, embers from burning leaves can spread and start a larger fire. All fires are recommended to be a minimum of 15 feet from structures and combustible materials and should remain attended at all times. This helps ensure the fire is controlled and prevents it from spreading.

Make sure all Fall and holiday decorations are flame retardant and use a battery light instead of a candle in jack o' lanterns.

Anyone opting to use a space heater to keep warm should be sure it is placed at least three feet away from other objects, such as curtains, and always be sure to unplug it when it's not in use. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) space heaters account, annually, for 43 percent of U.S. home heating fires.

All fireplaces should be cleaned and inspected before use to ensure everything is in proper working order. Utilize a fireplace screen to keep sparks from floating out of a fireplace and always put out a fire before going to bed or leaving the house.

Additional fire safety tips can be found on the NFPA website or on the Office of the State Fire Marshal website.

Representative Winger tours Superior Ambulance in Elmhurst, a local provider of emergency medical services.

Illinois Pioneers Community College Pathway to Professional Status
In these times of soaring tuition bills and increased costs of residential campus living, many Illinois families are finding increasing challenges in helping their loved ones afford four years of attendance at a traditional college or university. Many students are responding to these challenges by starting out their higher education in one of Illinois’ 48 community colleges. There, they take courses that build up credits that can be transferred to a four-year institution.

This week, data released by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) shows that many of these students have a bright future. Among all 50 states in the calendar period studied, Illinois now ranks #1 in terms of the rate of bachelor’s degree completion among community college students that transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Illinois, the state with the first community college in the nation (Joliet Junior College), has worked intensively to coordinate community college credits with a baccalaureate pathway that a student can follow to a four-year degree and eventual professional status.

The study tracked a group of first-time college students who enrolled in Illinois community colleges in 2010, and then subsequently transferred to four-year schools. The students were tracked through 2016; by that year, 53.8% of them had earned a bachelor’s degree. This was the highest four-year transfer completion rate of any U.S. state with community colleges.

Representative Winger attends an open house celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Roselle History Museum. The Roselle History Museum provides a dynamic historical and educational resource for residents and visitors.
REMINDER: September Supply Drive
State Representative Christine Winger has joined a group of DuPage County State Representatives and Senators through the entire month of September to help Loaves & Fishes obtain personal care items.

Loaves & Fishes is a not-for-profit food pantry that feeds up to 800 DuPage County families per week. Last year it served 7,607 children and 1,238 senior citizens. Families in need can shop for free in a grocery store-like setting.

According to Loaves & Fishes President and CEO Mike Havala, the pantry is experiencing a shortage of personal care items to supplement the food staples families need. Items needed include diapers and wipes, laundry detergent, toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste and household cleaning products.

Representative Winger will be collecting needed items through the end of September. Those who wish to donate may drop items off at Rep. Winger’s District Office in Bloomingdale: One Tiffany Pointe, Suite G3, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. Please call the office before drop-off at (847) 252-9311. The drive will end on September 28th.

Representative Winger traveled to the White House and met with U.S. Department of Transportation official Anthony Bedell. At the meeting, she discussed what could be done by the Federal Aviation Administration to help decrease noise levels from airports and airplane flight patterns. Noise from planes and has been a constant issue in Rep. Winger’s 45th District especially for those neighborhoods that fall under O’Hare Airports flight patterns.
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Representative Winger with Rick Poole (Executive Director, NEDSRA) and Maryfran Leno (Executive Director, Itasca Park District) at the NEDSRA Special Recreation Golf Classic at White Pines Golf Club, Bensenville. NEDSRA provides recreational and social programs to improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities.   

Winger Concludes Fourth Annual Summer Reading Program
State Representative Christine Winger recently celebrated with students who participated in her 2018 Summer Reading Program. 
The program invited students in grades K-5 to read 10 books over the summer, and with the completion of their reading lists, they were invited to celebrate with their State Representative.

This is the fourth annual summer reading program that Rep. Winger has hosted. Providing this program every summer has been important for the Representative, to provide a fun way for students to continue learning during the months away from school. In fact, research has shown that children who read four or more books over the summer fare better on reading comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books over the summer.

The Representative always loves to hear each student’s favorite books, and encourages the summer readers to keep up the good work throughout the school year.

“In the reading program, the kids get to choose the books they want to read—which helps motivate them to want to read,” said Winger. “Making this program fun and ending the summer with a celebration, makes students eager to read more and be a part of this.”

At the party, the summer readers received Certificates of Recognition from the House of Representatives and enjoyed frozen custard provided by Culvers.

Rep. Winger looks forward to hosting another successful program next year!

State Representative Christine Winger recently celebrated with students who participated in her 2018 Summer Reading Program.

The program invited students in grades K-5 to read 10 books over the summer, and with the completion of their reading lists, they were invited to celebrate with their State Representative.

This is the fourth annual summer reading program that Rep. Winger has hosted. Providing this program every summer has been important for the Representative, to provide a fun way for students to continue learning during the months away from school. In fact, research has shown that children who read four or more books over the summer fare better on reading comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books over the summer.

The Representative always loves to hear each student’s favorite books, and encourages the summer readers to keep up the good work throughout the school year.

“In the reading program, the kids get to choose the books they want to read—which helps motivate them to want to read,” said Winger. “Making this program fun and ending the summer with a celebration, makes students eager to read more and be a part of this.”

At the party, the summer readers received Certificates of Recognition from the House of Representatives and enjoyed frozen custard provided by Culvers.

Rep. Winger looks forward to hosting another successful program next year!

BLOOMINGDALE . . . State Representative Christine Winger (R-Wood Dale) was recently recognized as a Champion of Free Enterprise by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

This recognition was awarded to Rep. Winger based on her votes on the key business legislation of the 100th General Assembly and their impact on the business community.

Legislators with a favorable Illinois Chamber rating over the previous two General Assemblies demonstrated their commitment to legislation that frees the entrepreneurial spirit qualified for the award.

Representative Winger, a member of five local chambers in the 45th District, was honored to receive this recognition. “I am proud to support our local businesses and be an active member in our chambers of commerce throughout my legislative district,” said Winger. “Supporting our business community both at home, and legislatively in the General Assembly is important to the economic success of our State.”

The Champions of Free Enterprise Awards are given biennially. The Chamber will be presenting the awards to lawmakers in their districts at local chamber events in the coming weeks. Representative Winger looks forward to receiving her award in person.



Representative Winger attends the Ribbon Cutting of Drama Kids program at the Arts in Bartlett. Drama Kids is a unique organization offering drama programs for children and young adults to develop confidence and creative thinking. 

DuPage Lawmakers Start Supply Drive to Help Area Food Pantry
Representative Christine Winger is joining a group of DuPage County State Representatives and Senators through the entire month of September to help Loaves & Fishes obtain personal care items.

Loaves & Fishes is a not-for-profit food pantry that feeds up to 800 DuPage County families per week. Last year it served 7,607 children and 1,238 senior citizens. Families in need can shop for free in a grocery store-like setting. According to Loaves & Fishes President and CEO Mike Havala, the pantry is experiencing a shortage of personal care items to supplement the food staples families need.

“I am happy to join forces with my neighboring lawmakers to bring necessary supplies to those that need it the most,” said Rep. Winger. “As a lawmaker, I want to do my part to help out an organization that already does so much to help others—and this is a great opportunity to give back.”

Rep. Winger will be collecting items in her district office that Loaves and Fishes is most in need of. These items include: diapers and wipes, laundry detergent, toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste and household cleaning products.

Those who wish to donate may drop items off at Rep. Winger’s District Office in Bloomingdale: One Tiffany Pointe, Suite G3, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.

With questions about the supply drive, feel free to contact Rep. Winger’s district office at (847) 252-9311.

Healthy Revenue Numbers Posted in August 2018

The new numbers reflect taxes paid into our State through key State revenue pipelines in August 2018. The figures were posted this week by the Committee on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CGFA), the nonpartisan budget watchdog arm of the Illinois General Assembly. Measured on a year-over-year basis, August 2018 personal income tax revenues were up $127 million, sales tax revenues were up $54 million, and corporate income tax revenues rose $35 million.

The Illinois private sector makes goods and services that are sold all over the world. After studying current Illinois exports, CGFA summarized the picture in this month’s revenue report. Illinois residents may be surprised to learn that facilities within our State sell almost $6 billion worth of goods and services every month to buyers outside our American borders. The U.S. dollar is an expensive currency for many of our international customers, and so many of these Illinois exports are not commodities: they are specialty goods and services produced by highly trained Illinois workers who are working as team members for an enterprise that enjoys a global high or dominant market share.