When not in Springfield, Rep. Winger is out in the community listening to constituents and learning about issues important to the district. Below are just of few of the people she had the honor od meeting with in the last 30 days:

Residents of the Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities in Bloomingdale met with Rep. Winger to discuss issues important to them.
Rep Winger and volunteers from Fetching Tails Foundation at the CS Barks Festival in Carol Stream to promote pet adoption and the humane treatment of animals. 
Rep. Winger participated in the annual Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association Golf Outing to benefit children and adults with disabilities.
Each year Rep. Winger sponsors a summer reading club for area students and brings the readers together for an ice cream social at the end of summer.

Equifax, an Atlanta based credit-rating agency, suffered a security breach on July 29th that exposed sensitive information of millions of Americans.   Such information included social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit card numbers, birthdays, and addresses. It has been determined that 5.4 million Illinois residents have been affected by the breach.

The company has set up a website where you can check if your personal information was affected by the breach: www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has opened an investigation into the recent security breach, and called on Equifax to provide free credit freezes to all Illinois residents in the wake of the breach. She urges Illinois residents to take the Equifax breach seriously and take steps to protect themselves from the possibility of identity theft:

· Seriously consider placing a credit freeze on your credit reports with all 3 consumer reporting agencies: TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax;

· Regularly request your free credit reports, inspect them closely, and promptly dispute any unauthorized accounts;

· Inspect all financial account statements closely and promptly dispute any unauthorized charges;

· Consider placing alerts on your financial accounts so your financial institution alerts you when money above a pre-designated amount is withdrawn;

· Beware of potential phishing emails; don't open any email messages or attachments from unknown senders and do not click on any unknown links. Fraudsters will frequently send coercive and misleading emails threatening account suspension or worse if sensitive information is not provided. Remember, businesses will never ask customers to verify account information via email. If in doubt, contact the business in question directly for verification and to report phishing emails; and

· Be on the lookout for spoofed email addresses. Spoofed email addresses are those that make minor changes in the domain name, frequently changing the letter O to the number zero, or the lowercase letter l to the number one. Scrutinize all incoming email addresses to ensure that the sender is truly legitimate.

With questions on the data breach, you can contact Equifax at 866-447-7559, or the Illinois Attorney General’s Identity Theft Hotline at 1 (866) 999-5630.
Representative Winger’s legislation to allow premium finance companies to send notices or documents electronically was recently signed into law. 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. Some exclusions apply, but this will largely improve efficiency.

The need for this legislation was brought to Representative Winger’s attention by a local business, who recognized the necessity of providing this means of document transfer to a larger scope of businesses.

The bill, HB3244, passed smoothly with wide support in both the House and Senate and was signed by Governor Rauner on September 8th, becoming Public Act 100-0495.

State Representative Christine Winger is a sponsor of this year’s CS Barks Dog Festival which is held annually by the Carol Stream Park District.

This year’s festival will be held on Sunday September 10th from 10:00am-3:00pm at the Carol Stream Town Center.

The Festival is filled with dog performances, demos, and contests. There will be Frisbee dog demonstrations, K-9 Noseworks demonstrations, Canine Good Citizens and Trick Dog testing and much more. Vendors will also be present for dog owners at the nearby Fido Shopping Mall, and a trolley will be in service to shuttle both dogs and their owners around the site.

All dogs and their owners are welcome to attend this free event, but must all dogs must be leashed and vaccinated.

Rep. Winger has participated in this event for years, and this year is a proud sponsor. With questions, feel free to contact Rep. Winger’s District Office at (847) 252-9311.

As we watched the devastation in Houston unfold, we’ve tried to figure out how to harness the power of our own community to be a positive force for change and today we’re asking for your help.
Whether it’s just a few items or a whole pallet of supplies, we welcome individuals and fellow businesses in our community to drop off whatever you can manage to:

This community has shown we are capable of amazing things, now let’s help another community to build itself again.
We can accept donations from September 1st through September 18th
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM Monday – Friday
Noon – 7:00 PM – Saturday

Bath Soap
Smoke Detector
Pine Sol
Flashlight with Batteries
Disposable Razors
Bleach Wipes
Heavy Duty Garbage Bags
Shaving Cream
Bottles of Bleach
Garbage Cans
Dishwashing Liquid
Laundry Basket
Nail Clipper
Laundry Detergent
Aluminum Foil
Hand Sanitizer
Broom and Dustpan
Light Bulbs
Towels & Washcloths
Paper Towels
Duct Tape/Scotch Tape
Feminine Hygiene Products
Sealed Dry Storage Containers
Heavy Duty Work Gloves
First Aid Kits
Disposable Gloves
Contact Solution/Cases
Disposable Face Masks
Sledge Hammers
Cases of Water
Shower Curtain
Baby Diapers/Wipes
Toilet Paper
Gas Gift Cards
Toilet Brush
Dog/Cat Food
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Blankets/Bed Sheets

For additional information, contact Bill Wolff @ 630.363.4560