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Find cheap gas, check for construction and see Metra service changes for your Independence Day travel.

The worst day to hit the road this Fourth of July holiday weekend will be Friday, July 1, when almost 2 million vehicles are expected to be on the Illinois Tollway system.

Vacationers are advised to start weekend travel before lunch or after 8 p.m. Friday, according to the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority.

From Friday to Tuesday, July 5, the Illinois Tollways reports 8 million cars and vehicles will be on the road, a 5 percent increase from the 7.6 million vehicles out and about during the 2015 Fourth of July weekend.

Most construction activities, including most temporary maintenance and construction lane closures, will be restricted from noon July 1 to 9 a.m. July 5 to help keep holiday traffic moving. Drivers are reminded to slow down and follow speed limits in work zones, even if workers aren't present. Read more in Patch.



Budget – FY16 Nears End
Fiscal Year 2016 nears its end without a budget. FY16 will reach its end on June 30th, when the State of Illinois will possibly go an entire fiscal year without a budget. Subsection 2b of Article VIII of the Constitution of Illinois requires the General Assembly to annually enact a balanced budget.
Pet Rescue Fair on Saturday
Reps. Christine Winger and Michael Fortner host their Pet Rescue Fair to promote pet adoption and the humane treatment of animals. Meet adoptable pets, talk to pet experts, enjoy children's activities, food trucks and more at this free family event:

Saturday, June 18, 2016
12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
2054 W. Stearns Rd, Bartlett, IL

Environment – O’Hare Airport Noise
More than 500,000 noise complaints logged from addresses around O’Hare Airport. The complaint log covers the first four calendar months of 2016, ending April 30, 2016. The O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission, which monitors noise complaints, says that relevant panels received approximately 537,000 complaints during this 120-day period. Recipients of the complaints included the city of Chicago’s Department of Aviation, the governing body that operates O’Hare Airport.
State Representatives Christine Winger (Wood Dale) and Mike Fortner (West Chicago) have partnered with area pet rescue and shelter organizations to host their second annual Pet Rescue Fair on Saturday, June 18 at the James "Pate" Philip State Park, 2054 W Stearns Rd in Bartlett. The free event will take place from 12:30 pm until 3:00 pm and is open to the public.

The goal of the Pet Rescue Fair is to promote pet adoption and the humane treatment of animals, something that both Representatives Winger and Fortner strongly support.
There are plenty of good reasons for you to adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue organization. Here are five reasons why pet adoption is not only good for your family but also good for the animals you adopt and your community, too.

1. You help stop cruelty in mass breeding facilities
While there are responsible breeders, there are many more that are not. Throughout the country, thousands of commercial pet-breeding facilities and backyard breeders produce millions of animals for sale in pet stores and through newspaper ads. Often known as puppy and kitten mills, these facilities repeatedly impregnate female animals that spend their entire lives in cages without human companionship. These unfortunate animals are often in intolerable environments, forced to produce litter upon litter, and are destroyed after they become unprofitable assets. Adopting a shelter animal means you don’t support such cruel practices. Read more.  
Budget – FY16/FY17
Second straight year without a State budget. As the end of fiscal year 2016 (FY16) approached, House Republicans filed a budget bill, HB 6585, to cover both FY16 “stopgap” expenditures and some urgently-needed FY17 expenditure areas. It would have appropriated badly-needed money to a wide variety of essential and job-creating state agencies and educational institutions, such as state universities and prisons. The appropriations contained in this bill were fully paid for from existing revenues. HB 6585 was filed by House Republican leader Jim Durkin on Tuesday, May 31.