Budget – FY16
Many providers of mandated state-financed services report they are not being paid despite court orders. In one case, the operation of networks of residential care services for persons with developmental disabilities, a federal judge has ordered that the state pay the networks and the Comptroller has reported that Illinois does not have the money to immediately carry out this order. Approximately 10,000 persons with developmental disabilities are affected.
When the new runway at O'Hare opens in October thousand of new residents will be impacted by adverse noise. I believe it is important for residents to be armed with information so they can make the best decisions possible for their families. Here are links to resources to help you with decision making:

Soundproofing Your Home
For homes within the current flight contour the FAA and the City of Chicago offers sound insulation grants.
For homes outside of the current contour Rep. Winger has introduced new legislation to provide and income tax credit for soundproofing your homes. HB 4273 is working its way through the legislative process. Unlike a property tax reassessment, the income tax credit will not lower the value of your home and will in fact increase its value when sound insulation is added.

Organizations & Resources 
Here are links to several organizations that are working to mitigate noise or that can provide information:

Report Noise 
It is important that you report excessive aircraft noise. Here are several options:

While the FAA and the City of Chicago have authority over all decisions regarding O'Hare airport including the soundproofing program, I remain committed to putting pressure on them through legislation and grassroots initiatives.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns or suggestions.
State Representative Christine Winger (R-Wood Dale) has introduced new legislation that would provide an income tax credit for taxpayers who purchase sound-mitigating windows, doors, insulation and other items to alleviate excessive noise from O’Hare’s new runway patterns.

In October of this year, thousands of new households will be blasted with house-rattling, conversation-halting, sleep-depriving jet engine noise they will endure when aircraft begin flying less than a mile over their rooftops. In spite of the new flight patterns for takeoffs and landings at O’Hare, these residents do not qualify for federal grants to assist with soundproofing projects. Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), who set the parameters for access to the grant money, excluded this new group of property owners, saying that as long as the airport expansion progresses as planned, their exposure to excessive noise would only last six years. According to the FAA, that is when another new runway is scheduled to be operational.
Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB 2042 today, which appropriates money for the pass through of federal dollars without adding to the state’s budget deficit. The clean bill allows the state to provide some services to the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

“Governor Rauner supported and signed this clean pass through bill because it will help those in need without adding to the state’s budget deficit,” Director of Communications Lance Trover said. “While the Governor continues to work on passing a balanced budget with structural reforms to maximize how much we can invest in our schools and important social services, some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens will be able receive additional support.”

After Debbie Roe of Bartlett ran through a row of sprinklers with a 7-year-old pug on a pink leash, the volunteer with Northern Illinois Pug Rescue described the day as "great" and went to play with three more pugs in the shade.

It was all part of Pet Rescue Fair Sunday at James "Pate" Philip State Park in Bartlett. More than 150 guests stopped by despite high temperatures and humidity. For nearly three hours, volunteers from area pet rescue organizations showcased the dogs they foster, and the services they offer.

Volunteers Tom and Ryoko Fujikawa of Naperville visited with guests about the pugs on site, all available for adoption. The couple also shared their own experiences as pug owners who foster with Northern Illinois Pug Rescue.

Carol Ewert of South Elgin has worked with Northern Illinois Pug Rescue for six years. She said no adoptions are processed at events like the one Sunday, as the get togethers are designed for awareness of more animals than just those at the event. Read the rest of the story in the Chicago Tribune.

Governor Rauner signed legislation on Tuesday, sponsored by State Representative Christine Winger that targets allegations of abuse at state-supported youth residential facilities.

Rep. Winger’s initiative specifically acts on a recommendation of a former ward of the state who testified at a legislative hearing that having the ability to submit complaints, concerns and suggestions anonymously would help improve the safety of state wards living in residential treatment centers regulated by DCFS. Anonymity in reporting wrongdoing was paramount to prevent retaliation from abusers.
General Assembly Pay Freeze
House Republicans unanimously co-sponsor bill to block pay increase for FY16; General Assembly approves measure. The automatic 2% “cost of living” pay increase was scheduled to automatically go into effect for the State fiscal year starting July 1, 2015. Many House Republican members do not think the General Assembly deserves to enjoy a pay hike at a time when many Illinois workers have their pay and benefits frozen or cannot find work at all. HB 576 freezes cost-of-living adjustments and other benefit compensations for General Assembly members and other high-ranking elected and appointed State officials in FY16. The bill received final General Assembly approval on Wednesday, August 5, and was sent to the Governor.

House Republicans unanimously supported and helped pass HB 576, and all 47 Republican members were co-sponsors of the measure in the House. The Governor has expressed support for the concept of freezing the pay of Illinois’ top elected officials, and is expected to sign the bill.

Have you ever thought about adopting a pet but didn't know where to begin?

Rep. Christine Winger is making it a little easier by hosting a Pet Rescue Fair where you will learn about animal rescue and meet some very adorable and adoptable animals. Several area rescues and shelters are participating and will be at the fair with information, applications and, most important, dogs, cats and other small animals that need a good home. 

Confirmed rescue/shelter participants include:

In addition to the above organizations, representatives from Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger’s Comptroller’s Critters program and other exhibitors will also be on hand to provide pet-related information, including  7 Paws a Week.  Invisible Fence and Suburban K9 will also be in attendance and will offer dog obedience-training demonstrations beginning at 1:00 PM.

Children will have an opportunity to participate in a scavenger hunt where they will learn about caring for pets and win prizes, too. Attendees are encouraged to come hungry, because hot dogs will be available for a donation, with proceeds supporting Bruno’s Pro Bone-O Pet Food Pantry.

The event is free and fun for the whole family. 

Pet Rescue Fair
Sunday, August 16, 2015
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
2054 W Stearns Rd, Bartlett, IL 60103

Some GPS apps won't get you there. The state park is located on W. Stearns Road just west of Rt. 25 and a little over 2 miles east of Rt. 59. Here is a link to directions.

Please note: Rescue and shelter organizations have their own adoption processes and fees. While you may not be able to take an animal home on August 16th you will meet prospective new pets and can begin the adoption process. 

For more information call Rep. Winger at (847) 252-9311 or contact her here.