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State Representative Christine Winger has launched her third annual summer reading program.

The program is open to K-5th graders who live in Rep. Winger’s 45th District. Students are asked to read 8 books of their choice, and send their completed reading list form back to Rep. Winger to be invited to a special party in the fall! You can find the brochure here that includes information and instructions on how to participate.

Winger holds her reading program every summer to encourage students to keep learning during their time away from school. “Reading during the summer months is important so students can continue learning and thinking creatively,” said Winger. “This program is a fun opportunity, to keep students engaged and on track, and something that I hope they look forward to participating in every summer,” said the Representative. Rep. Winger wants every student to enjoy their summer vacation, and have fun choosing good books to read!

The program is officially open and will run through August 21st, when forms are due back in Rep. Winger’s District Office. Click here to find out if you live in Rep. Winger’s 45th Legislative District.

Should you have any questions about the program, contact Rep. Winger’s office at (847) 252-9311.
State Representative Christine Winger recently welcomed students from Westfield Middle School to her district office to celebrate their accomplishments in art.

Twice a year, pieces of artwork completed by the Westfield students is hand selected to hang in Rep. Winger’s Student Art Gallery in her district office.

The students are invited to Winger’s office to see their artwork in the gallery, meet their Representative, and celebrate their artistic talents with the fellow artists and their families. Each student that was honored was presented with a Certificate of Recognition from the Illinois House of Representatives.

Winger encouraged each artist to speak about their work, and say a few words about their process and final product. “Every piece of artwork chosen this time is very colorful, and adds a great touch to the office” said Winger. “It is wonderful to be able to display the talents of local students’ right here for all to see, and a pleasure to be able to meet each artist in person,” she added.

The student art gallery gives the Representative a unique opportunity to connect with young students in the community, and celebrate their creative learning.

Rep. Winger’s student art gallery incorporates a new group of student art twice a year, something the Representative looks forward to every time, to not only meet with students and hear about their creative learning but also celebrate the great talents in the community.
State Representative Christine Winger passed a consumer protection bill this week in the House. HB3251 aims to prevent cyberstalking, or the electronic monitoring of an individual using spyware or electronic tracking software. 

This offense is committed when a person knowingly installs, conceals, or otherwise places electronic tracking software on an electronic device without the consent of the owner for the purpose of monitoring and following the user.

Current law does not mention this type of electronic tracking or monitoring under the existing criminal offense of cyberstalking. HB3251 extends current law to include the offense, a first violation of which would be declared a Class 4 felony and a second or subsequent conviction is a Class 3 felony.

Thousands of cases of cyberstalking are reported to local police departments each year, with women being the victim in the majority of these cases. Rep. Winger believes this legislation is necessary to protect every citizens’ privacy and safety. When spyware or tracking software is installed, it often is done so for the purpose of harassment or stalking. Winger believes the extension of this bill will specifically help protect victims of domestic violence who are trying to conceal their locations from their abusers.

“With the increase in technology and countless software systems available at our fingertips, we need to increase security and protections in response,” said Winger. “A person should not have to worry about their safety, and this will help provide some assurances. This bill will help prevent any malicious tracking and harassment that unfortunately has become all too common in today’s world.”

HB2351 moves onto the Senate where it will continue to proceed through the legislative process.
State Representative Christine Winger passed House Bill 3244 in the House of Representatives this week. The bill will allow premium finance companies to send notices or documents electronically. While previous legislation provides for insurance companies to do so, this bill extends this option to include premium finance companies.

Delivering notices and important documents by electronic means provides for more efficient communications between consumers and companies. The legal effectiveness, validity, or enforceability of any agreements in documents sent electronically is to be considered the same as if sent in another manner.

This bill was brought to the attention of Rep. Winger by a local business, which recognized the need for this option to be extended to include a larger scope of businesses.  HB3244 passed smoothly in the House and is now under consideration in the Senate.
Another runway rotation test is set to begin on April 30th, in order to further determine the best way to mitigate airplane noise from O’Hare Airport on the surrounding community. This plan will alternate the use of diagonal and parallel runways over a period of 12 weeks.

The new runway rotation plan was approved on March 10th by the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission. This is the second runway rotation test, and has addressed several issues that stemmed from the original test. The Suburban O’Hare Commission analyzed data from the first runway rotation test, sorted out any problems and created an improved runway rotation test. This rotation plan will run over a period of 12 weeks, half the time of the previous test, and it is hoped that this method of testing will be more efficient and effective.

The goal of the newest initiative is to provide relief to the surrounding communities who are the most affected by the airport noise at all hours of the day and night. The data from the new tests will be used to create a new Fly Quiet program that will be implemented in 2018. Beginning at the end of the moth, the new test will run through July 22nd. Learn more about the upcoming test and find the 2017 runway rotation schedule here.
Representative Christine Winger filed several bills in the 100th General Assembly to advocate for those communities in her district who are adversely affected by the noise from O’Hare Airport. Two of her bills on the matter, HB3248 and HB3240 recently passed out of the House and are being considered in the Senate.

HB3248 concerns both the safety and quality of life for residents living nearby the airport. The expansion of O’Hare Airport has only exacerbated such concerns, and this bill calls for the IEPA and IDOT to monitor noise and air pollution over the next two years and produce a written report to the General Assembly by October 31st, 2019 on their findings.

The second piece of legislation, HB3240, mandates the city of Chicago’s Department of Aviation to implement an upgraded noise monitoring system by June 30th, 2018. This system is new smart meter technology so that the airport noise can be measured in real time, to more accurately collect data to gauge the overall impact airport noise has on the surrounding communities.

Rep. Winger’s bills continue to proceed through the legislative process after receiving bipartisan support in the House and moving forward.
State Representative Christine Winger (R-Wood Dale) led a subject matter hearing today to fight for property tax rights for veterans. The hearing was held in front of the Property Tax Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, where Rep. Winger explained the need for her legislation, HB3195. This legislation would give any veteran who returned from an armed conflict prior to 2007 a homestead tax exemption for the 2017 and 2018 tax year.

While recent veterans are given a onetime property tax exemption, Winger’s bill would extend this exemption to include veterans who returned from active duty prior to 2007.

“This property tax exemption is a small effort we can make to help benefit our veterans who have already given so much for our country,” said Winger. “It is important to equalize this exemption so that all veterans—no matter the war or generation in which they fought can benefit.”

The tax exemption in the current law provides a $5,000 reduction in the EAV of a veteran’s principal residence upon returning from active duty in an armed conflict beginning in the year 2007. The exemption is for two consecutive years, the year the veteran returns from active duty and the following year.