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The Drug Enforcement Agency is sponsoring the 14th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which will be held nationwide on Saturday October 28th.

The DEA started National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to ensure residents can have free access to safe and secure disposal, while also educating the public about the potential for drug abuse through prescription medications. With drug abuse rates at record-highs, this is also an organized effort to relieve prescription drug abuse, especially from opioids, that are used medically but become additive- and can lead to further drug abuse.

Overtime, people acquire prescription drugs, but do not know how to discard of them properly. When these types of prescription drugs are sent to an insecure landfill, or flushed down the toilet, they can cause dangerous contamination. Unneeded or expired prescription drugs should be placed in secure, monitored landfill storage sites that do not leach into groundwater.

Law enforcement agencies around the country are participating to further encourage the safe disposal of prescription drugs. All drugs and containers will be incinerated. Participants do not need to take labels off drug containers before bringing them to the collection sites.

Find the nearest Illinois collection site to you here.

State Representative Christine Winger is hosting a Family Wellness Fair on Saturday October 28th. The event will be held at the Carol Stream Park District, Simkus Recreation Center, 849 Lies Road, from 9:00am-noon.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Representative Winger is excited to present this great opportunity to her constituents, and encourages all area residents and their families to attend to learn more about health, wellness, and safety—and to meet their Representative.

“This fair will have many different organizations giving information, free screenings, and help to those looking to learn more about health and wellness,” said Winger. “This event covers a variety of areas necessary to living a healthy life, and is focused on families. From children to seniors, this event will bring together the various resources families should know about in the community, so they can live a healthy lifestyle and make wellness a priority.”
Some of the screenings available include free flu shots for Medicare B recipients, blood pressure, hearing, and more. In addition to health screenings, representatives from state agencies will be at the event to provide resources on state services. Resources and information on nutrition, college savings plans, senior services, and safety will also be available.

For more information on the event, contact Rep. Winger’s District Office at (847) 252-9311.
State Representative Christine Winger visited the Elmer H. Franzen School in Itasca to serve as the school’s Principal for the Day. The Principal for the Day program is an initiative of the Illinois Principals Association, and provides opportunities for school principals and administrators to build relationships with their State and Federal lawmakers. Lawmakers visit local schools to serve as principals in a variety of capacities, like interacting with educators, students, speaking to classes and performing administrative duties throughout the visit. 

Representative Winger was excited to participate in this year’s program at the Elmer H. Franzen school, and spent her time there meeting students, receiving a building tour, and even testing her four square skills at recess.

Rep. Winger met with the third grade class at the school to spend time discussing state government and her role in the House of Representatives. She especially enjoyed answering their questions about the House of Representatives.

After the historic education funding agreement was passed in the legislature this summer, Winger was eager to visit schools in her 45th district. “Visiting the local school districts and talking with educators is important to gaining a better understanding of what our students need and how current resources are being used,” said Winger. “The students I met today at the Franzen School were impressive and asked intelligent questions on state government, and I was happy to spend my time listening and learning with them.”

Winger also had time to sit down with school principal, Jason Taylor, to learn more about the school administration, history, and concerns for the upcoming school year.

The Representative hopes she will be able to again serve as a Principal for the Day throughout her district, and is looking forward to some students visiting her in Springfield during session.

The effort to repeal the sweetened beverage tax levied on residents of Cook County culminated in a vote today, after 15 Cook County Commissioners stated their support to eliminate it.

State Representative Christine Winger has been a strong opponent of the pop tax since it took effect on August 2nd. Like many lawmakers at the state and local level, Rep. Winger believed the new tax put an unfair burden on Cook County, and stood in support of legislation in the Illinois House of Representatives to repeal it.

Many residents in the county have been unhappy about the added financial cost of buying sweetened beverages, and the movement to repeal the tax has gained momentum over the summer.

Rep. Winger’s legislative district encompasses a portion of Cook County, and she heard first-hand the opposition to the penny-per-ounce tax from residents and businesses alike. She was relieved that Cook County finally took the appropriate action to repeal the tax, especially after the strong opposition only continued to escalate.

“Today’s repeal of the pop tax was the right move. Now our residents and businesses can rest assured that there is an end in sight to this unfair and unnecessary tax,” said Winger.

The Representative heard from local businesses that were severely impacted by the tax, which caused residents in the area to travel a short distance out of the county to not pay the extra price for sweetened beverages and goods.

“This tax was an unfair disadvantage for businesses in the area. With the repeal, the playing field is level again for the businesses on the collar of Cook County.”

The tax will officially end starting December 1st, making it one of the shortest taxes in history.

59 people were killed and at least 527 injured in Las Vegas Sunday night after a mass shooting tragedy occurred at a country music festival. This is the largest mass shooting in history, and the Las Vegas community as well as Americans nationwide have rallied to help those in need following the attack.

State Representative Christine Winger (R-Wood Dale), released the following statement:

“The recent tragedy in Las Vegas is devastating. My heart goes out to all the victims and their families and I will continue to keep them in my prayers. It is heart breaking to continue to see this type of tragedy and my thoughts are with the entire Las Vegas community. We are here for you and we are thinking about you.”

Rep. Winger also noted several organizations that are mobilizing to help victims of the shooting, like Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, the American Red Cross (Southern Nevada Chapter), and the National Compassion Fund.

Steve Sisolak, the Clark County Commission Chair from Las Vegas, has also set up a GoFundMe page for victims of the shooting. His goal is to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting, and the fund has already raised over $3 million dollars.
Rep. Winger pictured at the Shred Event with
volunteer, Gus Mehilos.
State Representative Christine Winger recently hosted a paper shredding event sponsored by the Village of Bloomingdale and DuPage County.

The Bloomingdale event drew a crowd of area residents, who dropped off documents to be safely shredded and discarded on site. Representative Winger has sponsored a local paper shred event every year to conveniently provide residents with an easy opportunity to ensure documents with sensitive information are discarded in the right way—to prevent personal information being stolen and used for fraud or identity theft.

“Every year I like to sponsor a paper shredding event,” said Winger. “It is so important to protect your information, and hosting this event gives residents the peace of mind, knowing papers with sensitive information are discarded the right way to prevent any wrongdoing.”

Shredding documents to ensure personal information and data is destroyed is now more important than ever. Identity theft is on the rise, with last year 15.4 million American’s information being used fraudulently. This was a 16% increase from the previous year, and one of the reasons Rep. Winger likes to remind her constituents to take the extra step to protect their information.

Identity theft is the most common through the loss or theft of a purse or wallet, mail theft, and fraudulent address changes. Online identity theft is also an increasing threat, and it is important to stay vigilant and take the necessary precautions to ensure you and your family’s information remains secure.

Should you feel your information has been compromised, the Illinois Attorney General has created an identity theft hotline. You can call the hotline number, 1-866-999-5630, should you have concerns, or visit the website for more information on identity theft in Illinois.