State of the State Address
Governor Rauner optimistic about the State of the State. In his third annual State of the State Address, Governor Bruce Rauner indicated that he is optimistic about the future of Illinois and used the opportunity to talk about Illinois’ accomplishments, as well as the work that still lies ahead.

The Governor recognizes the state’s challenges, but with great challenges comes great opportunity. He is optimistic these challenges can be solved by working together to improve the future of Illinois. He discussed the administration’s accomplishments including ethics reform, record education funding, job creation and making government more efficient. While much work lies ahead, we build on the bipartisan agreement that change to the system needs to occur with passing a truly balanced budget.
Governor Bruce Rauner recently gave his third annual State of the State address to the 100th General Assembly. His optimism about the state’s accomplishments over the last two years was evident throughout, as he acknowledged the major improvements made in education funding, ethics reform, job creation, and criminal justice reform.

Representative Christine Winger appreciated the Governor’s noted optimism, and believes that despite the current challenges facing state lawmakers, “positive change has happened for Illinois, and it is encouraging to remember that we can accomplish great things through compromise.”

Illinois’ biggest challenge is the state budget. Yet, working toward a balanced budget agreement to rectify the state’s financial crisis has been no easy feat.

Governor Rauner recognized the Illinois Senate for their work on a budget proposal, most notably for their efforts in compromise, collaboration, and negotiation. Representative Winger is encouraged to see this progress and continued movement in in the right direction.

“As lawmakers we are responsible for making the hard decisions and working to serve our taxpayers,” said Winger. “I hope we can continue to build on the success we had over the last two years to find solutions on our states biggest issues.”

Winger has embraced the optimism in the Governor’s message and is looking forward to getting back to work when legislative session resumes February 8th in the Illinois House of Representatives.
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Budget – Unpaid Bills
Unpaid bill total now well above $11 billion. The total of unpaid bills reported by the Office of the Comptroller is now greater than $11.3 billion. The unpaid-bill total includes bills that are in the Comptroller’s office waiting to be paid, and bills that are still in the various agencies of the State, such as the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, that the Comptroller knows about but which have not yet been forwarded for payment. These are past-due bills that represent services that providers have expended resources for, pursuant to State law, but for which they have not yet been paid.
Heads up, Gmail users: a new phishing attack is making the rounds and it's fooling even technically-savvy, security-conscious users.

The ruse aims to steal usernames and passwords for Gmail and other services, and "is being used right now with a high success rate," according to Mark Maunder, CEO of WordPress security plugin Wordfence, who described the campaign in detail. Like other phishing attacks, this one starts with an email. Instead of a random person, the email may appear to have been sent by someone you know, and it may include an image of an attachment you recognize from the sender.

"You click on the image, expecting Gmail to give you a preview of the attachment. Instead, a new tab opens up and you are prompted by Gmail to sign in again. You glance at the location bar and you see accounts.google.com in there," Maunder wrote.

Once you sign in, the attackers have full access to your account. Read the rest of the story by PC Magazine.
Winger takes the oath of office.
Rep. Wingers begins her 2nd term. On Wednesday, State Representative Christine Winger (R-Wood Dale) took the oath of office with 117 other members of the 100th General Assembly. The historic inauguration took place at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Winger won re-election to the Illinois Legislature last November and will begin her second term in the House of Representatives. Read more.

100th General Assembly Convenes
On Wednesday, State Representative Christine Winger (R-Wood Dale) took the oath of office with 117 other members of the 100th General Assembly. The historic inauguration took place at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Winger won re-election to the Illinois Legislature last November and will begin her second term in the House of Representatives

“I am honored to continue representing 45th District families,” said Winger. “Over the last two years I’ve learned a great deal about how Springfield works and look forward to being an effective voice on behalf of my constituents.”

The human trafficking of children for sex in Illinois happens in every small town and big city throughout the state. In 2016, DCFS investigated 143 calls to the hotline for allegations of Human Trafficking. Many of the reports involved children being victimized within blocks of where they live.

Trafficking is not just an issue that happens to people in other countries. The United States is a source and transit country, and is also considered one of the top destination points for victims of child trafficking and exploitation. Cases of human trafficking have been reported in all 50 U.S. States; anyone can be trafficked regardless of race, class, education, gender, age, or citizenship when forcefully coerced or enticed by false promises (source: unicefusa.org). It’s important to remember that anyone under the age of 18 involved in this crime is a victim.