Please join State Representative Christine Winger for coffee and candid conversation about what is happening at our state capitol. 

There is a lot to talk about between the budget showdown that has been brewing for months and the possibility of a state government shutdown. 

The first round of Coffees will be held on Monday, July 6, 2015 at the following times and locations:

Rep. Winger's Coffee & Conversation
July 6, 2015

8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Savory Restaurant & Pancake House
782 West Bartlett Road
Bartlett, IL

10:30 to 11:30 a.m
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel
900 N. Wood Dale Road
Wood Dale, IL

3:00 to 4:00 p.m. 
Panera Bread
370 West Army Trail
Bloomingdale, IL

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 
Bloomingdale Public Library
101 Fairfield Way
Bloomingdale, IL

There is no cost to attend. For more info please contact Rep. Winger at (847) 252-9311.

Rep. Winger serves the 45th District that includes part or all of Addison, Bartlett, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Hanover Park, Itasca, Medinah, Roselle, Wayne, West Chicago & Wood Dale.  

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Engineering firms are invited to learn how to compete for upcoming contract opportunities.

The Illinois Tollway will host two free Professional Service Bulletin workshops on June 30 and July 1 in Downers Grove.

The workshops will provide an opportunity for large and small businesses – including disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned business enterprises (D/M/WBE), as well as veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses – to learn how to submit statements of interest to participate in upcoming projects.

The Tollway’s Professional Service Bulletin workshops will be held at the Illinois Tollway’s headquarters, 2700 Ogden Avenue in Downers Grove, on Tuesday, June 30, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and on Wednesday, July 1, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The projects are part of the Tollway’s 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.

Read more in the Downers Grove Patch.
Rep. Christine Winger joined the Consulate General of India Chicago, Dr. Ausaf Sayeed and other dignitaries to celebrate the First International Day of Yoga on June 21. 
The Consulate General of India in Chicago in collaboration with nearly two dozen participating organizations celebrated the First International Day of Yoga (IDY) on Sunday, June 21st 2015 at the Odeum Expo Center, 1033 Villa Avenue, North Park, IL from 10:00 AM to 05:00PM.

Dr. Najma Heptulla, Hon'ble Union Minister of Minority Affairs inaugurated the event by lighting of the lamp in a traditional Indian manner. Swami Ishatmanandji, President of Vivekanand Vedanta Society was the keynote speaker on the occasion. State Senator Michael Noland, Illinois State Representative Mrs. Christine Winger, Mayor of Burr Ridge Village Mr. Mickey Straub, Mayor of Oakbrook Village Dr. Gopal Lalmalani, the Democrat Congressional candidate for Illinois's 8th District Mr. Raja Krishnamoorthy, Cook county Board of Commissioner and Chairman Mr. Tim Schneider and Trustee of Schaumburg Township, Mr. Nimish Jani participated in the inaugural ceremony of the First International Day of Yoga, along with Mr. Matthew Abbott, outreach coordinator of Senator Mark Kirk and Mr. Dennis Jung, Outreach coordinator of Governor Bruce Rauner. Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

NerdWallet analyzed 285 places in Illinois, each with a population of at least 5,000. We calculated the overall score for every location based on the city’s business climate and economic health using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Learn more about our methodology at the end of this article.

Chicago suburbs win. The 10 top places on our list are in northern Illinois, with all but one, Peru, clustered around Chicago. Almost all of the top spots are in suburban Chicago, 15 to 30 miles from downtown.

Itasca comes in with the highest-average revenue per business, at $8,827,217. This affordable suburb, where the median monthly housing cost is just under $1,500, is near O’Hare International Airport. Midas Inc., global office supply company Fellowes and insurance brokerage Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. are headquartered in Itasca. It’s also home to the Willy Wonka Candy Factory. The Itasca Chamber of Commerce supports local businesses through networking, seminars, community events and economic development opportunities. The GOA Regional Business Association is located in the community and offers networking, training and other support to businesses in over 80 communities in northeastern Illinois.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune.
Budget – FY16
As budget picture continues to show lack of progress, Comptroller Munger intensifies her warnings. House Republicans continue to demand that Speaker Madigan start negotiations for a real budget for Fiscal Year 2016, which begins on July 1. Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger has sharpened her warnings of the consequence to the State of not having an operating spending plan.
Are you looking for a job or a new career? Are you new to the job hunt or has it been a while since you've looked for a job? Rep. Christine Winger wants to help you succeed. 

Join her on Wednesday, July 29 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 pm at the Itasca Park District for a free Jobs Fair.

Bring plenty of resumes and dress to impress the more than 80 employers participating in the event and be sure to attend the free workshops happening all a day. Learn how to create a standout resume, ace the interview and network for the job you want. 

Contact our office for more information at 847-252-9311. 

Placing telemarketing calls to wireless phones is - and always has been - illegal in most cases.

Why the confusion about telemarketing to wireless phones?

Consumers report receiving emails saying they'll soon begin receive telemarketing calls on their wireless phones. The confusion seems to stem from discussions in the wireless phone industry about establishing a wireless 411 phone directory, much like your traditional (wired) 411 phone directory. A number of email campaigns seem to suggest that if your wireless telephone number is listed in a wireless 411 directory, it will be available to telemarketers, and you will start to receive sales calls. In addition, some of these email campaigns suggest that there is a separate do-not-call "cell phone registry," which you must call to have your wireless phone number covered by the do-not-call rules. This information is inaccurate.

The facts

Even if a wireless 411 directory is established, most telemarketing calls to wireless phones would still be illegal. For example, it is unlawful for any person to make any call (other than a call made for emergency purposes or made with express prior consent) using any automatic telephone dialing system or any artificial or prerecorded voice message to wireless numbers. This law applies regardless of whether the number is listed on the national Do-Not-Call list.

The federal government does not maintain and is not establishing a separate Do-Not-Call list for wireless phone numbers.

Wireless phone subscribers have always been able to add their personal wireless phone numbers to the national Do-Not-Call list, either online, or by calling toll-free 1-888-382-1222 from the phone number they wish to register. The do-not-call rules require callers that are not exempt from the rules to stop telemarketing calls 30 days after you register a number.

There is no deadline for registering a number on the national Do-Not-Call list. There is also no longer any need to re-register a number – it will stay on the national Do-Not-Call list until you cancel your registration or discontinue service. Read more.
In an about-face, Chicago is asking the Federal Aviation Administration to delay action that would cause "irreparable damage'' to diagonal runways slated for closure at O'Hare International Airport, officials said Monday.

The postponement would be in effect at least until the FAA conducts public meetings this summer about noise associated with O'Hare's ongoing airfield expansion project and after city officials meet with an anti-noise group.

That's according to a memorandum of understanding between the Chicago Department of Aviation and 13 members of the Illinois General Assembly that went into effect Friday. The Tribune obtained a copy of the document.

The Emanuel administration has until now refused to compromise on potential noise-abatement measures that would help diffuse jet noise by spreading out flights over more arrival and takeoff corridors. Using O'Hare's diagonal runways is one way to help scatter the volume of planes over a wider area, rather than the existing plan that funnels almost all airliners onto parallel east-west runways.

One thing that should be pointed out in coverage of this issue is while the new runways have created new noise footprints, a lot of the complaining is by a small number of sensitive activists. You can call in a complaint anytime, and there are a few people who call in a complaint for every..

The memorandum of understanding follows passage by the legislature of a bill that authorizes O'Hare to operate up to 10 runways. The bill has been sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner. Existing state law limits O'Hare to eight runways. Read more from the Chicago Tribune.