Economy – Intersect Illinois
New State job-creation agency gets name. Intersect Illinois,’ the name of the new agency, reflects the Prairie State’s position as a focus of U.S. nationwide transportation infrastructure. Intersect Illinois was created as a spinoff from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). Set up to be similar to job-creation agencies in other states such as Georgia and Wisconsin, Intersect Illinois will share traits of the private and public sectors. It will be in charge of “selling” Illinois to potential job creators. The new name was announced on Monday, July 25.
Protecting your identity - Rep. Winger hosts Shred Event
Rep. Winger is hosts Shred Event on Saturday, July 30, 2016 to help residents protect themselves from identity theft. Rep. Winger encourages residents of the 45th District to bring up-to 2 boxes of paper documents they would like shredded to the event from 9 a.m. to noon at the corner of Schick Road & 3rd Street in Bloomingdale.

Not sure what documents you should shred? Read: How long should you keep documents before shredding them.
As the heat index soars so does the need for places to keep cool. As part of the Keep Cool Illinois campaign, more than 120 state facilities are open as cooling centers. The cooling centers will provide Illinoisans a place to stay cool and comfortable during hot summer days.

In 1995, 739 people died in Chicago during the deadliest stretch of heat ever recorded. Please share this information with those who do not have air conditioning and need a place to stay cool.

State Cooling Centers
This is a partial list of cooling centers:

VILLA PARK, IL 60181-3575

2901 FINLEY ROAD, Suite 109


Distance: 10.7 Mile(s)

The complete list of can be found here:
Health care – Land of Lincoln
Key provider of Obamacare health insurance must liquidate. Land of Lincoln Health, a health care insurance co-operative set up under the terms of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), has defaulted on its payments. The State of Illinois initiated steps on Tuesday, July 12 to wind up the operations of the failing firm and shut it down. 49,000 Illinois residents had purchased mandatory health care insurance through Land of Lincoln, which sold its policies to the individual, individual family, and self-employment markets. They will have to find emergency new coverage before the close of calendar year 2016.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children and according to the National Safety Council, correctly used children's car seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71%. Unfortunately, nearly 73% of car seats are not installed correctly.

Before properly installing the car seat, parents must first make sure the car seat they selected is appropriate for their child. Choosing the right car seat is complicated at best. Infant, convertible, booster, rear-facing, front-facing: Which is correct for a child's age and weight? When are they ready for a seat belt? These are some of the questions technicians from the National Safety Council will answer at their "Child Car Seat Checkup." They will also teach parents and grandparents how to properly install a car seat, and correctly use booster seats and seat belts.

The National Safety Council Car Seat Checkup will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at NSC headquarters, 1121 Spring Lake Drive, Itasca, IL.

You must reserve a checkup time and be sure to bring the car seat your child uses to the appointment.

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On Tuesday, Rep. Christine Winger (R—Wood Dale) was appointed by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin to serve on the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission formed by Governor Rauner. Members of the bipartisan commission were each hand-selected by their legislative leaders to work on ways to improve the State’s school funding formula.

“For the sake of our children we must find a way for the State to invest more in our schools and at the same time reduce the property tax burden on their families,” said Winger. “Education is a primary obligation that the State has neglected for far too long. I'm thankful for this opportunity to improve educational outcomes for all Illinois children.”
Representative Christine Winger recently visited Misericordia, a not-for-profit corporation that provides a community of care to maximize the potential of the developmentally disabled or physically challenged. During her visit, Rep. Winger toured the 31 acre Chicago campus, met with staff and residents, and saw first-hand the vast residential options available to residents and the variety of programs that serve them.

“This organization does so much good, and is so unique in the magnitude of services it provides to the developmentally disabled,” said Winger. “It’s comforting to know that Misericordia is such a strong pillar in our community and contributes so much to those who need it the most.”

Under the direction of Sister Rosemary Connelly, Misericordia offers a continuum of care to meet the diverse needs of each individual and allows residents to live as independently and in the highest level of community integration possible. Currently, Misericordia serves more than 600 children and adults from diverse racial, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds.
Illinois is ditching the controversial state PARCC exam for high school students, instead giving 11th-graders a state-paid SAT college entrance exam next spring.

The announcement from the Illinois State Board of Education on Monday comes after only two administrations of PARCC, in the spring of 2015 and 2016, following dismal test scores and thousands of students skipping the exams.

Still, third- through eighth-graders will continue taking the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers in reading and math, exams designed to prepare students for college and work. The state tests have drawn opposition from families who questioned the amount of testing at school — part of a national movement that has prompted some states to stop using the PARCC exams, which are based on Common Core standards. Read the rest of the Chicago Tribune story.

Budget – Stopgap Budget Bill Signed
Money begins to flow after Gov. Rauner signs stopgap budget bill. SB 2047 was signed on Thursday, June 30. Money began to flow on the first day of the new FY17 (Friday, July 1), and continued during the first full week of July. Emergency spending authorizations were concentrated on some of the key areas of state spending and operations that had been deprived of funding in FY16.
Tonight, O’Hare Airport implements a temporary nighttime runway rotation plan that will run through December 25 of this year. The goal is to reduce the impact of adverse nighttime noise for residents living in jet flight paths. After December it will be evaluated for effectiveness. This Fly Quiet plan is one of several actions I strongly supported in my efforts to get officials from the Chicago Department of Aviation and the FAA to take action to reduce the impact of adverse noise on residents living around O’Hare.

While it is but a small measure of relief it is one that signals that O’Hare officials and the FAA are finally responding to pressure and I aim to keep it up.

Below is the runway rotation schedule indicating which communities will be impacted and when (you can also download it here):

It is important the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) hears from you once the rotation plan is in effect. They are setting up a feedback survey that will be up and running soon. I will also be reaching out to impacted residents during the course of the next few months to see how the plan is working.

Here are important links to information you need to know.
Download the schedule
Fly Quiet Schedule (maps) 
Fly Quiet Survey
Fly Quiet Background

Should you have questions about this or any other issues please do not hesitate to contact me through the website or call (847) 252-9311.

The biggest official shakeup to O’Hare Airport night flights in nearly 20 years debuts late Wednesday with the launch of a plan aimed at more evenly distributing overnight jet noise.

Starting Wednesday evening, night runways will be rotated every week, over a 12-week cycle, as part of a six-month test due to end Christmas morning.

The move should give some Northwest Side Chicagoans, as well as suburbanites west of O’Hare, a temporary respite from heavy jet traffic at night. They should be able to plan, with some certainty, undisturbed late-night outdoor parties and get a sound night’s sleep on certain weeks from as early as 10:30 p.m. through 5:30 a.m. Read the rest of the SunTimes story

Find the Rotation Schedule here:
Rep. Christine Winger is hosting a Shred Event on Saturday, July 30, 2016 to help residents protect themselves from identity theft. Rep. Winger encourages residents of the 45th District to bring up-to 2 boxes of paper documents they would like shredded to the event from 9 a.m. to noon at the corner of Schick Road & 3rd Street in Bloomingdale.

Not sure what documents you should shred? Read How long should you keep documents before shredding them?

To fight identity theft, experts agree that you should shred documents sooner rather than later. But, how long should you keep documents before shredding them? Here's what the experts have to say according to the "Rat Pack's Guide to Shredding"by the Federal Trade Commission:

Save forever
Keep documents related to major life events locked  securely:
  • Birth certificates or adoption papers
  • Social Security cards
  • Citizenship papers or passports
  • Marriage or divorce decrees
  • Death certificates of family members
  • Auto titles and home deeds for as long as you own the property 
Budget – stopgap budget deal enacted
New FY17 spending bills will enable full K-12 school operations for entire school year. By contrast, however, many other State operations will only be funded through December 2016. The “stopgap” bills do not balance the budget and do not solve Illinois’ fiscal woes. The State’s leaders believe that the current Springfield policy gap has achieved dimensions great enough that only the voters of Illinois, in the November election, can choose which path the State should follow. One of the key bills was the measure that actually appropriated money for FY16 and FY17; it was SB 2047, which was passed by the House and Senate on Thursday, June 30. Some elements of the package appropriated money so that it could be legally used to match spending/spending commitments made in FY16, which ended on Thursday. Other bills in the package contained “substantive” legislation, effective starting on Friday, intended to implement the FY17 portion of the package and match State law to appropriated spending.