Attention All Employers!

State Rep. Christine Winger is encouraging area employers looking for job applicants to participate in a District 45 jobs fair:

Wednesday July 29, 2015
9:00AM-12:30PM

Itasca Park District
350 E. Irving Park Rd., Itasca, IL

There is no cost for employers to participate but space is limited. Click below for more information and to reserve your spot today. 


DuPage County prosecutors have opened an investigation into spending at the College of DuPage following a series of controversies at the Glen Ellyn community college, including lavish drinking and dining by top administrators at a campus restaurant, the Tribune has learned.

The publicly funded community college has received two grand jury subpoenas for financial records in recent weeks, as prosecutors examine expenses from President Robert Breuder's office, according to law enforcement and other sources who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Those expenses are sometimes paid for by the taxpayer-supported college and at other times are picked up by the College of DuPage Foundation, which promotes the college and is its fundraising arm. The college already has turned over a number of records to prosecutors, the sources said.

"The college has and will fully cooperate with any government investigation," college attorney Respicio Vazquez said in a statement to the Tribune.

The investigation is being handled by the DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin's public integrity unit, which prosecutes white collar crime and official misconduct. Berlin on Sunday said he could neither confirm nor deny any investigation because of grand jury secrecy rules. Read more in the Chicago Tribune.
State Representative Christine Winger (R-Bloomingdale) will hosting mobile office house tonight, Monday March 30th at the Addison Public Library, 4 Friendship Plaza, from 4:30PM to 7:30PM.  No appointment is needed and all residents of the district are welcome.

"It is important to hear from constituents about the issues they care about and to let them know I am here to help with their concerns," explains Winger. "Hosting mobile office hours makes it easier for my constituents to access their state representative."

Representative Winger will continue to host mobile office hours throughout the 45th District during the year to give constituents more opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns, and meet with her.

If you have any further questions, please contact the district office at (847) 252-9311 or through our website at http://www.ilhousegop.org/contactwinger.

Here's a snapshot of what happened in Illinois this week.

FY15 Budget Solution
Governor Rauner & General Assembly take steps to resolve FY15 budget shortfall. Faced with a $1.6 billion FY15 budget deficit upon taking office, Governor Bruce Rauner almost immediately asked for executive powers to reorganize spending and enable the State to get through the fiscal year, which covers spending needs through June 30, 2015.
Rep. Winger was honored to join other speakers at a student assembly earlier this week at Indian Trail Junior High School in Addison, IL to talk about bullying prevention. Rep. Winger strongly believes every student should feel safe from harassment from bullies – whether in person or through the use of technology.

She explained to the students that one of the jobs of a state representative is to listen to the people from their districts - even kids – and then to take action based on what they learn – sometimes that action is to create a law.
When State Representative Christine Winger heard that some dog owners chose to have their pets devocalized to stop excessive barking, she decided to learn more. What she discovered was devocalization is usually performed at the request of an animal owner and not for medical necessity.

Devocalization is a procedure to remove a portion of the vocal cords of dogs and cats to reduce the volume of their vocalization. This procedure can lead to serious long-term respiratory and throat ailments for the animals. It also silences communication between the animal and its owner or another animal.
Today the Illinois House of Representatives passed Governor Rauner’s fix to shore-up the current budget shortfall and avert a looming financial crisis. This budget remedy ensures programs for public safety, childcare for working families and services for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled continue.

When Governor Rauner took office in January of this year, he was not only left with a nearly bankrupted state, he also inherited a $1.6 billion budget shortfall for the current fiscal year.

The Governor’s solution did not raise taxes on working families or take money from the Local Government Distributive Fund and will clear the way for FY16 budget negotiations.

"Governor Rauner took responsible action, working in a bipartisan manner to craft a FY15 budget fix that will protect the most vulnerable and keep the state working. He didn’t create the mess but he did take quick action to clean it up."

Governor Rauner – Department of Agriculture
Governor celebrates National Agriculture Day; new Ag Director confirmed. The Illinois Department of Agriculture is the State agency that oversees Illinois’ production of food and fiber. This week, the appointment of Philip Nelson as new Director of the Department was confirmed. A fourth-generation grain and livestock producer, Nelson is a past president of the Illinois Farm Bureau and past president of the Illinois Soybean Association. The confirmation vote by the state Senate came on Thursday, March 19.
O’Hare International Airport is an important economic engine in our communities but it also brings a host of concerns for the people who live and work in the area surrounding one of the world’s busiest airport. Competing priorities have long been the source of conflicts between those who wanted airport expansion and the village and towns experiencing the excessive noise, the negative impact on quality of life and the erosion of property values that it brings.
Gov. Bruce Rauner
State’s chief executive appoints new leader for one of Illinois’ largest agencies. The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) operates 25 prisons throughout Illinois. The Department also operates boot camps, work camps and adult transition centers. Nearly 49,000 persons are residents of State of Illinois confinement facilities. In addition, IDOC supervises about 29,000 men and women who are on parole.

With an annual budget of more than $1.3 billion, IDOC is on the front lines not only of Illinois’ public-safety and security needs but also its current budget situation. Governor Rauner has gone outside Illinois to appoint a new director for the Department. Donald Stolworthy, age 54, will head Illinois’ correctional system. After becoming experienced in corrections management in the Alaska Department of Corrections, Stolworthy moved to the federal government and worked at a high-ranking executive level in Iraq and in the international War on Drugs.

Below you will find the latest news from communities in the 45th Legislative District:

ADDISON 
Fullerton/Lombard Intersection News
Traffic signals at Fullerton Avenue and Lombard Road will be disabled on Tuesday, March 17, from approximately 8 a.m. until noon to allow for ComEd maintenance. Stop signs will be posted at the intersection.  Traffic delays should be expected. Drivers should either avoid, or use caution in this area.

BARTLETT 
St. Patrick's Day Traffic Safety Campaign
The Bartlett Police Department will be participating in the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) upcoming St. Patrick’s Day DUI and seat belt enforcement campaigns from Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 22. The Police Department encourages you to have a safe St. Patrick’s Day by always wearing your seat belt, assigning a designated driver, and not permitting friends or family members to drive under the influence of alcohol.
Each year, The Conference of Women Legislators (COWL) awards college scholarships to women ages 25 years and older to help them attain an undergraduate degree. The purpose of the program is to support women who, for various reasons, have not had the opportunity to begin or complete their education at an earlier stage due to life changes and/or financial difficulties.

The one-year undergraduate scholarship will cover tuition, books and fees up to $2500 per year, including summer school.
The state would be required to operate a hotline to receive complaints about jet noise from O'Hare International Airport and collect scientific data that "creates an accurate overall portrait of the impact of noise on community quality of life," under legislation that was introduced Thursday.

State Rep. Christine Winger, a Republican from Bloomingdale in DuPage County, said residents in her district are concerned about how O'Hare noise may be affecting the health of families as well as potentially lowering property values.

Major changes in O'Hare flight patterns that took effect in October 2013 are sending more planes west and east of the airport, while generally reducing the number of flights north and south of the airfield.

Winger introduced three bills that she said would require the collection of more information by jet noise monitoring devices and implement tougher accountability measures. Read the entire story by Jon Hilkevitch in the Chicago Tribune.

Representative Christine Winger has long shared the concerns of residents in her district about the effects of increased air traffic at O’Hare airport. Residents are concerned about the negative impact of jet noise on property values and they are even more concerned about its impact on the health and well being of their families.

Rep. Winger is spearheading legislation that addresses residents’ concerns by requiring new parameters for monitoring jet noise, better impact studies and the implementation of improved accountability measures.  Those pieces of legislation include:
On Monday March 2nd, State Representative Christine Winger joined Wood Dale Mayor Nunzio Pulice at Westview School in Wood Dale, IL. They joined forces to read Dr. Seuss to Ms. Knopp's 3rd grade class for Read Across America Day.

"Dr. Seuss said it best, 'The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go,' commented Rep. Winger on her involvement in the event. "Reading is one of the most fundamental skills that a child must master to succeed in life. I'm delighted to be here with Mayor Nunzio to encourage children to develop a love for reading."

Theodor Seuss Geisel's birthdate of March 2, has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association. Geisel is otherwise know as children's author, Dr. Seuss. The event is designed to encourage children to read and learn.