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Protecting your identity - Rep. Winger hosts Shred Event
Rep. Winger is hosts Shred Event on Saturday, July 30, 2016 to help residents protect themselves from identity theft. Rep. Winger encourages residents of the 45th District to bring up-to 2 boxes of paper documents they would like shredded to the event from 9 a.m. to noon at the corner of Schick Road & 3rd Street in Bloomingdale.

Not sure what documents you should shred? Read: How long should you keep documents before shredding them.
As the heat index soars so does the need for places to keep cool. As part of the Keep Cool Illinois campaign, more than 120 state facilities are open as cooling centers. The cooling centers will provide Illinoisans a place to stay cool and comfortable during hot summer days.

In 1995, 739 people died in Chicago during the deadliest stretch of heat ever recorded. Please share this information with those who do not have air conditioning and need a place to stay cool.

State Cooling Centers
This is a partial list of cooling centers:

DUPAGE COUNTY
DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
146 W. ROOSEVELT ROAD
VILLA PARK, IL 60181-3575
Directions

DUPAGE COUNTY
DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES (DRS)
2901 FINLEY ROAD, Suite 109
DOWNERS GROVE , IL 60515
Directions

DES PLAINES OASIS - TOLLWAY
NORTH OF O'HARE AIRPORT
DES PLAINES, IL 60018
Directions

O'HARE OASIS - TOLLWAY
SOUTH OF IRVING PARK ROAD
SCHILLER PARK, IL 60176
Distance: 10.7 Mile(s)
41.95761017-87.86970787
Directions

The complete list of can be found here:
http://www.illinois.gov/KeepCool/SitePages/CoolingCenters.aspx
Health care – Land of Lincoln
Key provider of Obamacare health insurance must liquidate. Land of Lincoln Health, a health care insurance co-operative set up under the terms of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), has defaulted on its payments. The State of Illinois initiated steps on Tuesday, July 12 to wind up the operations of the failing firm and shut it down. 49,000 Illinois residents had purchased mandatory health care insurance through Land of Lincoln, which sold its policies to the individual, individual family, and self-employment markets. They will have to find emergency new coverage before the close of calendar year 2016.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children and according to the National Safety Council, correctly used children's car seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71%. Unfortunately, nearly 73% of car seats are not installed correctly.

Before properly installing the car seat, parents must first make sure the car seat they selected is appropriate for their child. Choosing the right car seat is complicated at best. Infant, convertible, booster, rear-facing, front-facing: Which is correct for a child's age and weight? When are they ready for a seat belt? These are some of the questions technicians from the National Safety Council will answer at their "Child Car Seat Checkup." They will also teach parents and grandparents how to properly install a car seat, and correctly use booster seats and seat belts.

The National Safety Council Car Seat Checkup will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at NSC headquarters, 1121 Spring Lake Drive, Itasca, IL.

You must reserve a checkup time and be sure to bring the car seat your child uses to the appointment.


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On Tuesday, Rep. Christine Winger (R—Wood Dale) was appointed by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin to serve on the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission formed by Governor Rauner. Members of the bipartisan commission were each hand-selected by their legislative leaders to work on ways to improve the State’s school funding formula.

“For the sake of our children we must find a way for the State to invest more in our schools and at the same time reduce the property tax burden on their families,” said Winger. “Education is a primary obligation that the State has neglected for far too long. I'm thankful for this opportunity to improve educational outcomes for all Illinois children.”
Representative Christine Winger recently visited Misericordia, a not-for-profit corporation that provides a community of care to maximize the potential of the developmentally disabled or physically challenged. During her visit, Rep. Winger toured the 31 acre Chicago campus, met with staff and residents, and saw first-hand the vast residential options available to residents and the variety of programs that serve them.

“This organization does so much good, and is so unique in the magnitude of services it provides to the developmentally disabled,” said Winger. “It’s comforting to know that Misericordia is such a strong pillar in our community and contributes so much to those who need it the most.”

Under the direction of Sister Rosemary Connelly, Misericordia offers a continuum of care to meet the diverse needs of each individual and allows residents to live as independently and in the highest level of community integration possible. Currently, Misericordia serves more than 600 children and adults from diverse racial, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds.
Illinois is ditching the controversial state PARCC exam for high school students, instead giving 11th-graders a state-paid SAT college entrance exam next spring.

The announcement from the Illinois State Board of Education on Monday comes after only two administrations of PARCC, in the spring of 2015 and 2016, following dismal test scores and thousands of students skipping the exams.

Still, third- through eighth-graders will continue taking the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers in reading and math, exams designed to prepare students for college and work. The state tests have drawn opposition from families who questioned the amount of testing at school — part of a national movement that has prompted some states to stop using the PARCC exams, which are based on Common Core standards. Read the rest of the Chicago Tribune story.