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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.
State Representative Christine Winger held her annual Property Tax Seminar yesterday 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. 

“Property taxes in Illinois are too high, and place an unfair burden on our residents,” said Representative Winger. “This seminar is a great resource for residents to learn everything they need to know about their taxes and the system at large. I will continue to be an advocate for real reforms that our residents deserve, until we get it done.”

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.
In the past I rejected budgets that would spend more, tax more and not fix what was fundamentally wrong with the state. This year I voted for a budget that is balanced, funds priorities and does not contain a tax increase.
We began this year’s budget process with three common-sense requests:

1. The budget must be balanced. We cannot spend more than the revenue we expect to bring in. We must live within our means.

2. The budget must cover the entire fiscal year. No short term fixes or partial budgets just to get by.

3. No tax increases. Illinoisans have already been hit hard by two recent tax increases in the last few years and simply cannot endure yet another one.

I am delighted to report that we were able to successfully negotiate our requests and fund our priorities, especially education. The FY 2019 budget:

• Fully funds the new bipartisan K-12 Education funding formula. This will result in more financial support for schools across Illinois and reduce reliance on local property taxes.
• Increases funding for Early Childhood Education that keeps Illinois on track to receive millions in federal matching dollars for these programs.
• Provides for a merit-based scholarship called AIM HIGH that will keep our best and brightest high school graduates in Illinois to attend community colleges and state universities. It also funds MAP grants to help students attending Illinois colleges and universities.
• Offers new pension reform measures like voluntary buyouts and capping end-of-career salary increases that cause pension spiking, which should help school districts control costs.
• Increases funding by 2% to universities and colleges to help reduce the pressure to raise tuition.

The budget also funds a capital plan and road plan that will take care of road projects, park maintenance, and maintenance of state building as well cover the cost of building a new veterans home.

Additionally, the passage of a budget means organizations that provide services to those most in need will receive their funding so they can continue their good work.

For years the majority party in control of Springfield has passed unbalanced budgets that spent billions of dollars more than we took in. While this budget is not perfect, it is balanced and a product of compromise and negotiation. I will continue to advocate for our district in Springfield.

While I am proud to support this budget, the financial future of Illinois will not be secure until we pass real reforms to make Illinois more competitive so we can create more jobs, stem the loss of population and reduce property taxes.

Last week was the deadline for Senate Bills to be approved by the House of Representatives.  It was a busy week in Springfield, and with only a few days to go before the end of spring legislative session, there is still much to be accomplished before the May 31st deadline. 

In the Capitol, Representative Winger had the opportunity of meeting students from her district during the TECH2018 demonstration.  The purpose of this demonstration is to increase awareness of the critical role technology plays in preparing students to succeed.   Students had various exhibits set up to show lawmakers the innovative uses of technology and demonstrate the need for increased state funding for technology in education throughout Illinois.
Pictured above:  Rep. Winger visits students and staff from Itasca District 10 for TECH2018.  This is a technology demonstration in the State Capitol building, where lawmakers could visit different booths and see what students in their legislative districts were working on in the technology field.





New Animal Welfare Act Approved in House

State Representative Christine Winger presented Senate Bill 2380 in the House of Representatives to amend the Animal Welfare Act. This legislation will help create greater transparency on the health and welfare of animals at facilities, and help discern whether a facility has a history of performing high numbers of euthanization.

SB2380 will include animal control facilities on the list of establishments that can transfer animals to other facilities.  In addition, new license renewal requirements are established under the bill for animal control facilities and animal shelters. For license renewal, animal shelters must submit a report of their total intake number for dogs, cats, or other animals from the calendar year.  Also, if a microchip is present in an animal, the registered owner must be contacted before intake.

Upcoming Property Tax Seminar

State Representative Christine Winger is hosting a seminar for local residents on Understanding and Appealing Property Tax Assessments.  The event will be held on June 6th from 6:30—8:00pm at the Bloomingdale Library, 101 Fairfield Way, meeting room A/B.

This is an annual event the Representative hosts, to help residents understand the process behind property tax assessments and how to appeal them if they believe they are unfair.  Several local assessing officers from Rep. Winger’s 45th district will discuss what variables affect your tax bill, how the assessment process works, what exemptions are available, and how to appeal your assessment.

Residents are encouraged to bring their tax bills to the event to ask specific questions.

While the event is free, space is limited and an RSVP is required. Pease contact Rep. Winger’s District Office today to reserve your spot at (847) 252-9311.


State Representative Christine Winger presented Senate Bill 2380 in the House of Representatives today to amend the Animal Welfare Act. This legislation will help create greater transparency on the health and welfare of animals at facilities, and help discern whether a facility has a history of performing high numbers of euthanization.

SB2380 will include animal control facilities on the list of establishments that can transfer animals to other facilities.  In addition, new license renewal requirements are established under the bill for animal control facilities and animal shelters. For license renewal, animal shelters must submit a report of their total intake number for dogs, cats, or other animals from the calendar year.  Also, if a microchip is present in an animal, the registered owner must be contacted before intake.

The bill passed unanimously today with no opposition.