State Representative Christine Winger passed House Bill 3244 in the House of Representatives this week. The bill will allow premium finance companies to send notices or documents electronically. While previous legislation provides for insurance companies to do so, this bill extends this option to include premium finance companies.

Delivering notices and important documents by electronic means provides for more efficient communications between consumers and companies. The legal effectiveness, validity, or enforceability of any agreements in documents sent electronically is to be considered the same as if sent in another manner.

This bill was brought to the attention of Rep. Winger by a local business, which recognized the need for this option to be extended to include a larger scope of businesses.  HB3244 passed smoothly in the House and is now under consideration in the Senate.
Another runway rotation test is set to begin on April 30th, in order to further determine the best way to mitigate airplane noise from O’Hare Airport on the surrounding community. This plan will alternate the use of diagonal and parallel runways over a period of 12 weeks.

The new runway rotation plan was approved on March 10th by the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission. This is the second runway rotation test, and has addressed several issues that stemmed from the original test. The Suburban O’Hare Commission analyzed data from the first runway rotation test, sorted out any problems and created an improved runway rotation test. This rotation plan will run over a period of 12 weeks, half the time of the previous test, and it is hoped that this method of testing will be more efficient and effective.

The goal of the newest initiative is to provide relief to the surrounding communities who are the most affected by the airport noise at all hours of the day and night. The data from the new tests will be used to create a new Fly Quiet program that will be implemented in 2018. Beginning at the end of the moth, the new test will run through July 22nd. Learn more about the upcoming test and find the 2017 runway rotation schedule here.
Representative Christine Winger filed several bills in the 100th General Assembly to advocate for those communities in her district who are adversely affected by the noise from O’Hare Airport. Two of her bills on the matter, HB3248 and HB3240 recently passed out of the House and are being considered in the Senate.

HB3248 concerns both the safety and quality of life for residents living nearby the airport. The expansion of O’Hare Airport has only exacerbated such concerns, and this bill calls for the IEPA and IDOT to monitor noise and air pollution over the next two years and produce a written report to the General Assembly by October 31st, 2019 on their findings.

The second piece of legislation, HB3240, mandates the city of Chicago’s Department of Aviation to implement an upgraded noise monitoring system by June 30th, 2018. This system is new smart meter technology so that the airport noise can be measured in real time, to more accurately collect data to gauge the overall impact airport noise has on the surrounding communities.

Rep. Winger’s bills continue to proceed through the legislative process after receiving bipartisan support in the House and moving forward.