Funeral Services Held, National Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush

George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States, passed away at his Houston home on Friday, November 30th at the age of 94.

President George H.W. Bush was the last veteran of World War II to serve as president. Bush spent decades in public service, as a congressman, ambassador, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Vice-President for two terms under Ronald Reagan, then President of the United States from 1989-1993.

In addition to serving as president, George H.W. Bush was the father of George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States. They were the only other father-son duo to serve terms as president besides John Adams and John Quincy Adams in the nation’s infancy.

President George H.W. Bush’s flag-draped coffin lied in state at the U.S. Capitol from Monday through Wednesday morning. Wednesday, December 5th was a National Day of Mourning and the date of President Bush’s State Funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Thousands of mourners attended the State Funeral, including the five surviving presidents: Donald Trump, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

Last Thursday, funeral services were held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. Following the service, President Bush’s coffin was transported via a special train that carried him to his burial plot near his presidential library, on the grounds of Texas A & M. He was buried next to his wife of 73 years and daughter Robin, who died in 1953 at age 3 of leukemia.

November Revenue Report Issued by CGFA

The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability issued its November Monthly Briefing detailing revenue receipts for the month. As expected, November 2017's surge in reimbursements resulted in large monthly federal sources decline in 2018.

Excluding $250 million in interfund borrowing, as well as $2.500 billion which was deposited into the GRF stemming from the $6 billion bond sale executed in November 2017, base monthly receipts fell $1.738 billion. The significant drop in revenues was not a surprise and merely reflects last year’s reimbursable spending surge made possible as a result of the bond sale. That important item aside, most of the other revenue sources showed mixed results this November. The month had one less receipting day compared to the prior year.

Sales taxes increased $105 million on a gross basis, or $100 million net of the direct distributions to transportation funds. Gross personal income taxes grew $47 million, or $37 million on a net basis. Public utility taxes posted a gain of $9 million, while cigarette taxes moved up $6 million as a result of receipt timing. Interest income reflected higher rates of return and advanced $6 million. Corporate franchise taxes rose $2 million, and liquor tax as well as vehicle use tax each eked out a $1 million increase.

General Assembly Concludes 2018 Veto Session

The November 2018 veto session came to an end on Thursday, November 29 with final actions on many bills vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Some of the vetoes were overridden; however, many of these veto actions were allowed to stand after sponsors could not gather the three-fifths majorities of both houses required for an override. This was the final week available for a House or Senate bill sponsor to submit a motion to override a veto and have the motion called on the floor of the General Assembly, so the remaining vetoed bills are now all dead for the year.

The General Assembly website includes a bill-by-bill set of sub-pages to let Illinoisans know what happened to the individual legislative bills and other measures they may have been following in veto session. The House will re-convene on Monday, January 7 for what are scheduled to be two days of final work to wrap up the duties of the 100th General Assembly.

House Recognizes Accomplishments of Departing Members

With the 100th General Assembly nearing its end, House Republicans honored their departing colleagues with brief floor comments on Thursday, November 29th. For more information on the legislative careers and accomplishments of retiring House Republican members, please visit The Caucus Blog.






I want to extend my best wishes to you and your family as we begin the holiday season. There is so much to be thankful for, and I am grateful for you and to serve as your State Representative. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

-Christine Winger

Illinois State Fairgrounds’ Historic Coliseum to Get New Name Following Renovation Effort

The century-old centerpiece of the Illinois State Fairgrounds, an oval arena with Illinois-style clerestory windows, is being re-roofed and partly rebuilt. The Coliseum was temporarily closed to the public in 2016. The building’s original ceiling beams, which were part of the first generation of steel-building technology when the Coliseum rose in 1901, have reached the end of their useful life. The project is being funded with donations of $7.5 million from the private sector. When rebuilt, the Coliseum will resume its role as a place to show horses in saddle and in harness.

As part of the celebrations that will be held when the renovated Coliseum is reopened for a new century of use, the building will get a new name. The Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation is hosting a naming contest for participation by eligible Illinois young adults. Current members of three groups – Illinois 4-H, Illinois FFA, and the Illinois Junior Horsemen’s Council – are eligible to submit naming ideas. The Foundation will accept naming ideas through Friday, December 14. A winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

In Quality-of-Life Ranking, Illinois Rated Above Average at #22 of 50 U.S. States

The rating was based on a wide variety of metrics that included household income, state unemployment and percentage of state residents with four-year college degrees. The rating was compiled by Delaware-based website 24/7 Wall St.

Illinois was highly rated for its household income. The state’s current population decline and unemployment rate – both of them reflections of Illinois’ current slow speed at private-sector job creation – dragged what would otherwise have been a healthy Illinois score back towards the median. The 24/7 ranking criteria tended to favor Northeastern states. The website ranked Massachusetts highest, and gave six of its top 10 state rankings to neighboring states on the East Coast.

Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing Debated

A bill is being considered by the General Assembly to strengthen regulations on car sharing, including enactment of legal language specifically adapted towards this fast-growing industry. Illinois already regulates and taxes conventional rental cars, phone-app taxicab services such as Lyft and Uber, and the leasing of cars from car dealers to individual households.

In the case of what is called “car sharing,” the motor vehicle is not really “shared.” It is rented by the owner to a user, with the owner of an intellectual-property phone app serving as the car finder and go-between. The app operator locates the car, tells the prospective driver where to find it, bills the driver, and takes a profit percentage. Many consumer advocates believe that car-sharing services need to be regulated to ensure the safety and drivability of the cars being rented out. At the same time, critics point out that enactment of this bill will create a new set of taxes and regulations. The car sharing regulation bill, SB 2641, may be discussed by the Illinois House in the second week of veto session starting on Tuesday, November 27.
Representative Winger joins Mayor Rodney Craig of Hanover Park in a Veterans Day observance to honor and recognize Hanover Park veterans.

Veto Session Begins in Springfield

The 2018 Veto session has begun. The General Assembly is scheduled to be in the Capitol for six days throughout this month. We will meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week, and then three additional days after Thanksgiving. During this time, the General Assembly will have the opportunity to review 83 bills that Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed this year. Of the 83 bills, 53 of those were total vetoes, meaning that the veto must be overridden with three-fifths majorities in both the House and the Senate in order to become law. Thirty additional bills were given an amendatory veto by Governor Rauner, which means the Governor suggested additional, amendatory, or supplementary language to change a bill. In the case of those thirty bills, both houses of the General Assembly can accept the Governor’s language by simple majority.

Honor 200
The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Illinois Bicentennial Office recently announced the recipients of Bicentennial HONOR 200 to honor the work of 200 veterans who continue to make extraordinary contributions to the people of Illinois.

"America is the greatest nation on earth because of the sacrifice of our veterans," said Governor Bruce Rauner. "We are proud to honor these 200 men and women as part of our Bicentennial celebration. Their service didn't stop when they took off their uniforms. They continue to be heroes among us by going above and beyond the call of duty to take care of the people in their communities."

"The Bicentennial HONOR 200 campaign is one of the most important commemorations of the yearlong Bicentennial Celebration," said Stuart Layne, Executive Director of the Bicentennial Commission. "These 200 Illinois veterans truly make us Illinois Proud."

All the Honor 200 recipients have been invited to attend the state's official 200th birthday celebration at the United Center in Chicago on December 3, 2018.

"Honor 200 provides us with an opportunity to showcase our veterans and the values they have when it comes to serving our communities," said IDVA Director Stephen Curda, Ph.D.

The recipients represent more than 50 counties across the state of Illinois. Nominees were evaluated based on their achievements, and on the extent to which their contributions have aided, benefited and provided inspiration to their community at large. In addition, nominees must have received an honorable discharge from the U.S. military and reside in Illinois.

There are Honor 200 recipients from the 45th District, which I would like to especially recognize:

Robert A. Arciola, Bartlett 

Timothy George O’Neil, Roselle 

William Wolff, Bloomingdale 

Thank you to our veterans for all that you do! You can find out more information on the Honor 200 and the Illinois Bicentennial at www.illinois200.com.

Veteran's Day 2018 is on Sunday, November 11, 2018 and designated as a Federal Holiday on Monday, November 12, 2018. Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans -- who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. Learn more about Veterans Day here.

Illinois Report Card Released
The figures for 2018 were presented as part of the current school-accountability push championed by the Illinois General Assembly. School reform measures, including the school funding formula rewrite of 2017-18, include a massive increase in the metric data that Illinois parents, taxpayers, employers, and educators can use to gauge the effectiveness of individual schools and the state school system as a whole. The Illinois Report Card, released every year since 1996, contains reports on the overall performances of Illinois schools and school districts. Since 2014, the Illinois Report Card has contained enhanced metric data intended to provide a comprehensive look at the productivity and success of Illinois schools and school districts. Data within the Report Card is sorted by school, school district, city, or county.

Illinois Report Card data indicates record Illinois school performance on a variety of measures. Data from a record number of enrolled students was reported, and subgroups also showed record high numbers. More Illinois students are heading to four-year and community colleges than in any previous year in which this data was compiled. In data collected on the Illinois high school Class of 2017, compilers followed how many of these graduates had gone on to college. Twelve months after high school graduation, the Report Card shows that nearly three-fourths of Illinois’ young adults had enrolled. In addition, more students took high school Advanced Placement (AP) courses, which include potential college credits, in 2017-18 than in any previous year.


Representative Winger was a featured speaker at the Addison Chamber of Commerce Multi-Chamber Legislative Luncheon at Medinah Shrine Center in Addison. At the luncheon, the Representative presented a legislative update of current issues affecting Illinois.


State Board of Education Approves Recommendations to Expand and Diversify Highly Qualified Teacher Workforce

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has approved specific recommendations to expand and diversify the state’s highly qualified teacher workforce. The recommendations remove barriers and create new avenues of entry into the profession, while maintaining high standards.

The recommendations stem from a year of study involving focus groups, data analysis, and a review of state and national research. The year of study culminated in the Teach Illinois report released on Sept. 7. ISBE received more than 150 public comments on the report over a three-week period and took each comment into consideration in developing the agency’s next steps and legislative recommendations.

“Tremendous commitment has gone into the Teach Illinois project over the last year,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “We now have a comprehensive set of actions that consider teacher recruitment, educator preparation, and licensure requirements. I look forward to putting infrastructure and energy behind what started as ideas. Now the next round of partnership and dialogue begins.”





















Representative Winger receives the Champion of Free Enterprise award from the IL Chamber of Commerce, in recognition for her voting record on key pro-business legislation during the 2017-2018 legislative session. A legislator must receive an average of 85% or higher voting record over the previous two General Assemblies to qualify. The award was presented on Oct. 18 at the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce. Pictured are Tyler Diers of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Representative Winger, and Nanette Gudenkauf, President & CEO of the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce.

Representative Winger and daughter Samantha join in a Halloween community event sponsored by the Itasca Park District. Pictured with volunteer Celeste Seavey, they tour the Trick or Treat Trail at the newly-opened Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary in Itasca.

Big Jump in Illinois ACT Scores
The aggregated Class of 2018 scores by Illinois high school students on the ACT exam, one of America’s Big Two college-prep examinations, showed a dramatic increase in Illinois high schoolers’ performances. The Illinois members of the high school class of 2018 who took the ACT exam prior to graduation scored an average composite score of 23.9 points out of a possible score of 36.0 – a number that soared 2.5 points from the Class of 2017 average of 21.4. The Illinois Class of 2018 also average marked a considerable advance over the national average of 20.8.

The increase, although inspiring, was statistically affected by changes in Illinois high school testing policies that accompanied the altered performance of the Class of 2018. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has instituted statewide policies that encourage school districts to have their high school students take the ACT’s principal competitor, the Standardized Aptitude Test (SAT) exam, and to use aggregated SAT data as a benchmark of overall district-by-district student performance. Illinois high school students are now expected to take the SAT as a universal standardized test, and the SAT test is paid for by the State. In conformity with these expectations and budget policies, the SAT is now administered to almost all Illinois high school juniors except those whose individualized education programs (IEPs) do not include standardized tests.

The ACT has, meanwhile, reverted within Illinois to its traditional place as a test taken by students preparing for college. Instead of the ACT being taken by almost every student, with respect to the Class of 2018 it was taken by students seeking to demonstrate their higher-education credentials. Many Illinois high school students fall into this category. Tens of thousands of Illinois Class of 2018 students took the ACT prior to graduation, with the exam taken by 43% of the students heading for graduation in that year; but educational statisticians cautioned that this subgroup was likely to contain a disproportionate number of self-selected students with a previous record of high educational performance.

Illinois House Subcommittees Hold Joint Hearing on Gaming Issues
One of the issues discussed by witnesses and panelists was the possibility of legalized sports betting in Illinois. This is a new industry for which the door was opened earlier in 2018 by a U.S. Supreme Court decision. Prior to the May 2018 decision in “Murphy v. NCAA,” most states were forbidden by federal law from allowing persons and businesses to open and operate bookmaking activities when the activities being bet on were sports contests and activities.

Until this year, people who wanted to place legal bets on single teams and games had to go to Nevada, which was exempted from the federal prohibition. The “Murphy” decision, however, struck down this ban and implicitly allowed the other 49 states to set up regulated sports-betting parlors and phone apps. Several states, such as New Jersey, responded to the Supreme Court decision by taking immediate action to legalize sports betting within their state lines. Federal law continues to prohibit sports bets that cross state lines, and an Illinois resident cannot legally place a sports bet in New Jersey. New Jersey sports betting operators are required, by law, to ask a prospective bettor to share his or her phone’s geo-location, and if the phone sends a “beep” that shows it is out of state the operator is not legally allowed to take the bet. Sports betting, if it is to be done legally within Illinois, will require the General Assembly to enact an Illinois sports betting law.

The Illinois House held a joint-panel hearing this week to examine questions relating to Illinois gaming in general, including what an Illinois sports betting law could look like. One outline discussed by witnesses before the hearing was the creation of a limited number of licenses for sports-betting host sites. For reasons of security and regulatory consistency, these licenses could be awarded to owners of existing large-scale gaming locations and destinations, such as casino riverboats and horse racetracks. The sports betting license-holders could then contract with Internet firms to create licensed sports-betting phone apps for legal wagering on sports contests from a customer’s smartphone.

Many concerns were raised at the Illinois House hearing, which was held on Wednesday, October 17. Witnesses representing Illinois major-league sports and associations of major-league athletes expressed concerns about the integrity of some of America’s most-widely-admired sports, and the personal safety and privacy of the athletes who play them. Advocates voiced concerns about gambling addiction and underage gaming. The debate is expected to continue.
Fun fall celebrations like Halloween and Harvest Day are great times for children, who can dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and go trick-or-treating. To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, check out these safety tips ahead of Halloween: 


  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
  • Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision
  • Remind children never to enter a stranger's home or car
  • For trick-or-treating, only travel in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with friends
  • Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing
  • Halloween can be tricky for children with food allergies. It's important that parents closely examine Halloween candy to avoid a potentially life-threatening reaction. Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home
Have fun! Happy Halloween!

Representative Winger and daughter Samantha attend the First Annual West Chicago Food Festival, with food and entertainment, in downtown West Chicago.
Representative Winger visits a community recycling event in Carol Stream, sponsored by the Village of Carol Stream, SCARCE, and CoreCentric Solutions Inc.

Illinois Department of Insurance Releases ACA Exchange Health Care Insurance Rates for 2019
On Wednesday, the Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) released its on-Exchange health care rate and plan analysis for Plan Year 2019, showing that rates have stabilized for the first time in recent years.

Average rates for the 2019 lowest cost silver plans decreased four percent and the lowest cost gold plans decreased by six percent from last year. Overall, rates for the lowest cost bronze plans modestly increased approximately six percent, far less than the 20 percent increase reported for 2018 rates. "Illinois consumers will finally have some relief after facing years of on average double -digit increases in health insurance premium rates," DOI Director Jennifer Hammer said. "We are starting to see signs that the Exchange is stabilizing given this year's rates, a new insurer entering the on-Exchange market in 2019, and no insurers from last year exiting."

Illinois consumers in all counties will have options to purchase health insurance coverage on the Exchange.

Get Covered Illinois (GCI) is the official health marketplace or "exchange" for health insurance for all Illinoisans. Individuals and small businesses can purchase their health insurance on the GCI website. Because GCI facilitates the federal subsidies, consumers are able to see their monthly premium at the discounted price.

DOI is advising consumers enrolling or re-enrolling in coverage to start shopping early, due to the six week enrollment period set by the federal government, and to look at all options available to them on and off the Exchange, from November 1, 2018 to December 15, 2018. "We continue to focus on our core mission - to protect and educate consumers," Hammer said.

"We recognize some families may have to face difficult decisions this fall, and we will be visiting all 102 counties for the second year in a row to discuss coverage and answer questions about mental health and substance use disorder treatment. We want to make sure consumers are aware of all their options."

Consumers are encouraged to visit DOI's GCI website at: https://getcovered.illinois.gov for further information and assistance, or to contact their trusted licensed insurance agent. The Get Covered Connector on the website allows consumers to search for options by zip code to find local, free application help in English or Spanish. Consumers can also use this tool to schedule in-person assistance appointments with navigators and certified application counselors. Anyone may call DOI at 866-311-1119 for additional resources and information regarding health insurance.

Illinois Department of Revenue Launches New Website
The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) is inviting taxpayers to explore the new look of its redesigned website; tax.illinois.gov. The new mobile-friendly website features simplified site navigation and enhanced functionality to provide businesses, tax professionals, and the public easier access to the information needed most.

"As times have changed, so have the ways taxpayers access and consume information," said Connie Beard, IDOR Director. "With this website redesign, we make it easier for the public to navigate our information, no matter what device is utilized."

Key features of IDOR's new website include encrypted security, better accessibility, a drop-down menu system at the top of every page, and real-time traffic-driven listings showing users what questions, forms, and tax types are currently garnering wide interest.

Visitors accustomed to the former IDOR website at http://tax.illinois.gov will be automatically redirected to the new website located at https://www2.illinois.gov/rev. IDOR advises anyone with previously saved bookmarks to visit the new website to update their favorites.

Department of Homeland Security Approves Illinois Drivers’ Licenses for One More Year of Air Travel 

Illinois’ drivers’ licenses are out of compliance with various REAL-ID mandates intended to maintain and increase security of U.S. air travel. The federal agency has granted Illinois a further extension of almost one year, until June 1, 2019, to move further towards compliance with these mandates. During this extension period, federal agencies will be allowed to accept currently valid Illinois drivers’ licenses as adequate ID-card identification for admittance to federal buildings, nuclear power plants, and commercial aircraft takeoff and landing space. Illinois drivers’ licenses are printed and issued by the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State.

As part of its movement towards REAL-ID compliance, the Secretary of State’s office has already consolidated the way that it produces and prints out the license cards. The cards, which were once printed and handed out on the spot to applicants at local Secretary of State Driver Services offices statewide, are now manufactured in a secure facility and mailed to approved applicants. Illinois is being urged to adopt further components of the REAL-ID Act. These additional mandates impose separate sets of additional verification information that (a) new drivers’ license applicants, and (b) applicants for license renewal, will be required to provide. All applicants, including renewal applicants, may soon be asked to bring in a Social Security card, a passport or other form of secure supplemental personal identification, and proof of current address such as a utility bill that has been computer-addressed and mailed to their place of residence. In addition, new applicants may be asked to submit additional information.
Representative Winger visited "Build Day" at Oak Brook Elementary School, Wood Dale. Wood Dale School District 7 received a grant from Discover Financial Services to build a new playground for the students at Oak Brook Elementary. The program is in partnership with KaBoom!, a nonprofit dedicated to giving kids great, safe places to play.

Illinois K-12 High-Speed Internet Connectivity Rises to 96%
It was announced this week that 96 percent of K-12 school districts in Illinois can access the internet at speeds of 100 kbps per student, a substantial improvement from 71 percent just three years ago. Median bandwidths also have markedly improved, increasing 2.5 times since 2015.

High-speed connectivity ensures that students have access to more digital resources, which in turn expands learning opportunities. By making high-speed internet accessible, educators and students gain the benefits of greater interactivity, collaboration, engagement and personal instruction.

Illinois’ digital advances were reported by the EducationSuperHighway which tracks progress toward K-12 connectivity across the United States. The national nonprofit advocates for upgrading internet access in every public school classroom in America.

While Illinois has advanced its school digital resources, work remains. EducationSuperHighway says that 407,093 students in 32 school districts across the state still need adequate bandwidth for digital learning. There also are 136 school campuses that lack scalable fiber-optic broadband connections.

The Illinois Classroom Connectivity Initiative, launched by the Rauner administration in 2016, is an effort to ensure that all districts receive the support and funding to close this school broadband gap. The FY19 education budget includes a $17 million Broadband Expansion fund to help cover costs of fiber upgrades for school districts. There is also provision for free technical assistance.

Illinois State Fire Marshal Wants You to Have a Fire Free Fall
Fall is officially here and so are cooler temperatures. The Office of the State Fire Marshal is offering a few tips that will help Illinoisans stay safe as temperatures continue to drop.

This Fall, be sure to remove leaves and debris such as sticks, branches and shrubs from the roofs and gutters of homes as they act as fuel to a fire. These items should also be cleared before lighting a bonfire. It is recommended that all recreational fires, such as bonfires, be contained in a pit, with sidewalls, and do not exceed 3 feet wide and 2 feet tall.

Avoid burning leaves and debris on windy days, as wind can cause a fire to get out of control quickly. Always follow your local ordinances when burning and disposing of yard waste and remember, embers from burning leaves can spread and start a larger fire. All fires are recommended to be a minimum of 15 feet from structures and combustible materials and should remain attended at all times. This helps ensure the fire is controlled and prevents it from spreading.

Make sure all Fall and holiday decorations are flame retardant and use a battery light instead of a candle in jack o' lanterns.

Anyone opting to use a space heater to keep warm should be sure it is placed at least three feet away from other objects, such as curtains, and always be sure to unplug it when it's not in use. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) space heaters account, annually, for 43 percent of U.S. home heating fires.

All fireplaces should be cleaned and inspected before use to ensure everything is in proper working order. Utilize a fireplace screen to keep sparks from floating out of a fireplace and always put out a fire before going to bed or leaving the house.

Additional fire safety tips can be found on the NFPA website or on the Office of the State Fire Marshal website.

Representative Winger tours Superior Ambulance in Elmhurst, a local provider of emergency medical services.

Illinois Pioneers Community College Pathway to Professional Status
In these times of soaring tuition bills and increased costs of residential campus living, many Illinois families are finding increasing challenges in helping their loved ones afford four years of attendance at a traditional college or university. Many students are responding to these challenges by starting out their higher education in one of Illinois’ 48 community colleges. There, they take courses that build up credits that can be transferred to a four-year institution.

This week, data released by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) shows that many of these students have a bright future. Among all 50 states in the calendar period studied, Illinois now ranks #1 in terms of the rate of bachelor’s degree completion among community college students that transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Illinois, the state with the first community college in the nation (Joliet Junior College), has worked intensively to coordinate community college credits with a baccalaureate pathway that a student can follow to a four-year degree and eventual professional status.

The study tracked a group of first-time college students who enrolled in Illinois community colleges in 2010, and then subsequently transferred to four-year schools. The students were tracked through 2016; by that year, 53.8% of them had earned a bachelor’s degree. This was the highest four-year transfer completion rate of any U.S. state with community colleges.

Representative Winger attends an open house celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Roselle History Museum. The Roselle History Museum provides a dynamic historical and educational resource for residents and visitors.
REMINDER: September Supply Drive
State Representative Christine Winger has joined a group of DuPage County State Representatives and Senators through the entire month of September to help Loaves & Fishes obtain personal care items.

Loaves & Fishes is a not-for-profit food pantry that feeds up to 800 DuPage County families per week. Last year it served 7,607 children and 1,238 senior citizens. Families in need can shop for free in a grocery store-like setting.

According to Loaves & Fishes President and CEO Mike Havala, the pantry is experiencing a shortage of personal care items to supplement the food staples families need. Items needed include diapers and wipes, laundry detergent, toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste and household cleaning products.

Representative Winger will be collecting needed items through the end of September. Those who wish to donate may drop items off at Rep. Winger’s District Office in Bloomingdale: One Tiffany Pointe, Suite G3, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. Please call the office before drop-off at (847) 252-9311. The drive will end on September 28th.

Representative Winger traveled to the White House and met with U.S. Department of Transportation official Anthony Bedell. At the meeting, she discussed what could be done by the Federal Aviation Administration to help decrease noise levels from airports and airplane flight patterns. Noise from planes and has been a constant issue in Rep. Winger’s 45th District especially for those neighborhoods that fall under O’Hare Airports flight patterns.
NEDSRA

Representative Winger with Rick Poole (Executive Director, NEDSRA) and Maryfran Leno (Executive Director, Itasca Park District) at the NEDSRA Special Recreation Golf Classic at White Pines Golf Club, Bensenville. NEDSRA provides recreational and social programs to improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities.   

Winger Concludes Fourth Annual Summer Reading Program
State Representative Christine Winger recently celebrated with students who participated in her 2018 Summer Reading Program. 
The program invited students in grades K-5 to read 10 books over the summer, and with the completion of their reading lists, they were invited to celebrate with their State Representative.

This is the fourth annual summer reading program that Rep. Winger has hosted. Providing this program every summer has been important for the Representative, to provide a fun way for students to continue learning during the months away from school. In fact, research has shown that children who read four or more books over the summer fare better on reading comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books over the summer.

The Representative always loves to hear each student’s favorite books, and encourages the summer readers to keep up the good work throughout the school year.

“In the reading program, the kids get to choose the books they want to read—which helps motivate them to want to read,” said Winger. “Making this program fun and ending the summer with a celebration, makes students eager to read more and be a part of this.”

At the party, the summer readers received Certificates of Recognition from the House of Representatives and enjoyed frozen custard provided by Culvers.

Rep. Winger looks forward to hosting another successful program next year!

State Representative Christine Winger recently celebrated with students who participated in her 2018 Summer Reading Program.

The program invited students in grades K-5 to read 10 books over the summer, and with the completion of their reading lists, they were invited to celebrate with their State Representative.

This is the fourth annual summer reading program that Rep. Winger has hosted. Providing this program every summer has been important for the Representative, to provide a fun way for students to continue learning during the months away from school. In fact, research has shown that children who read four or more books over the summer fare better on reading comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books over the summer.

The Representative always loves to hear each student’s favorite books, and encourages the summer readers to keep up the good work throughout the school year.

“In the reading program, the kids get to choose the books they want to read—which helps motivate them to want to read,” said Winger. “Making this program fun and ending the summer with a celebration, makes students eager to read more and be a part of this.”

At the party, the summer readers received Certificates of Recognition from the House of Representatives and enjoyed frozen custard provided by Culvers.

Rep. Winger looks forward to hosting another successful program next year!

BLOOMINGDALE . . . State Representative Christine Winger (R-Wood Dale) was recently recognized as a Champion of Free Enterprise by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

This recognition was awarded to Rep. Winger based on her votes on the key business legislation of the 100th General Assembly and their impact on the business community.

Legislators with a favorable Illinois Chamber rating over the previous two General Assemblies demonstrated their commitment to legislation that frees the entrepreneurial spirit qualified for the award.

Representative Winger, a member of five local chambers in the 45th District, was honored to receive this recognition. “I am proud to support our local businesses and be an active member in our chambers of commerce throughout my legislative district,” said Winger. “Supporting our business community both at home, and legislatively in the General Assembly is important to the economic success of our State.”

The Champions of Free Enterprise Awards are given biennially. The Chamber will be presenting the awards to lawmakers in their districts at local chamber events in the coming weeks. Representative Winger looks forward to receiving her award in person.



Representative Winger attends the Ribbon Cutting of Drama Kids program at the Arts in Bartlett. Drama Kids is a unique organization offering drama programs for children and young adults to develop confidence and creative thinking. 

DuPage Lawmakers Start Supply Drive to Help Area Food Pantry
Representative Christine Winger is joining a group of DuPage County State Representatives and Senators through the entire month of September to help Loaves & Fishes obtain personal care items.

Loaves & Fishes is a not-for-profit food pantry that feeds up to 800 DuPage County families per week. Last year it served 7,607 children and 1,238 senior citizens. Families in need can shop for free in a grocery store-like setting. According to Loaves & Fishes President and CEO Mike Havala, the pantry is experiencing a shortage of personal care items to supplement the food staples families need.

“I am happy to join forces with my neighboring lawmakers to bring necessary supplies to those that need it the most,” said Rep. Winger. “As a lawmaker, I want to do my part to help out an organization that already does so much to help others—and this is a great opportunity to give back.”

Rep. Winger will be collecting items in her district office that Loaves and Fishes is most in need of. These items include: diapers and wipes, laundry detergent, toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste and household cleaning products.

Those who wish to donate may drop items off at Rep. Winger’s District Office in Bloomingdale: One Tiffany Pointe, Suite G3, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.

With questions about the supply drive, feel free to contact Rep. Winger’s district office at (847) 252-9311.

Healthy Revenue Numbers Posted in August 2018

The new numbers reflect taxes paid into our State through key State revenue pipelines in August 2018. The figures were posted this week by the Committee on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CGFA), the nonpartisan budget watchdog arm of the Illinois General Assembly. Measured on a year-over-year basis, August 2018 personal income tax revenues were up $127 million, sales tax revenues were up $54 million, and corporate income tax revenues rose $35 million.

The Illinois private sector makes goods and services that are sold all over the world. After studying current Illinois exports, CGFA summarized the picture in this month’s revenue report. Illinois residents may be surprised to learn that facilities within our State sell almost $6 billion worth of goods and services every month to buyers outside our American borders. The U.S. dollar is an expensive currency for many of our international customers, and so many of these Illinois exports are not commodities: they are specialty goods and services produced by highly trained Illinois workers who are working as team members for an enterprise that enjoys a global high or dominant market share.
State Representative Christine Winger (R-Wood Dale) is joining a group of DuPage County State Representatives and Senators through the entire month of September to help Loaves & Fishes obtain personal care items.

Loaves & Fishes is a not-for-profit food pantry that feeds up to 800 DuPage County families per week. Last year it served 7,607 children and 1,238 senior citizens. Families in need can shop for free in a grocery store-like setting. According to Loaves & Fishes President and CEO Mike Havala, the pantry is experiencing a shortage of personal care items to supplement the food staples families need.

“I am happy to join forces with my neighboring lawmakers to bring necessary supplies to those that need it the most,” said Rep. Winger. “As a lawmaker, I want to do my part to help out an organization that already does so much to help others—and this is a great opportunity to give back.”

According to Havala, items needed include diapers and wipes, laundry detergent, toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste and household cleaning products.

Those who wish to donate may drop items off at Rep. Winger’s District Office in Bloomingdale: One Tiffany Pointe, Suite G3, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. 

Other participating legislative offices that are also open for item donations include:
  • State Rep. Peter Breen- 929 S. Main St. Suite 105A, Lombard, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm M-F 

  • State Senator Michael Connelly- 552 S. Washington St., Suite 104, Naperville, 8:00 am to 5:00pm M-F 

  • State Senator John Curran- 7501 South Lemont Road, Suite 315, Woodridge, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm M-F (please call prior to drop off) 

  • State Rep. Jim Durkin- 16W281 83rd St. Burr Ridge, 8:30am to 5:00 pm M-F 

  • State Rep. Deanne Mazzochi- 1 S. Cass Avenue, Suite 205, Westmont, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm M-F 

  • State Senator Jim Oberweis- 959 Oak Street, North Aurora, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm M-Th, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm M- F 

  • State Rep David Olsen- 633 Rogers Street, Suite 108, Downers Grove, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm M-F (please call prior to drop off) 

  • State Rep. Grant Wehrli- 55 S. Main Street, Suite 383, Naperville, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm M-Th 

With questions about the supply drive, feel free to contact Rep. Winger’s district office at (847) 252-9311.
DuPage Emergency Communications Center Now Open
Representative Winger recently participated in the dedication ceremony of DuPage County's new DU-COMM 9-1-1 Communications Center in Wheaton.

DuPage Public Safety Communications (DU-COMM) is an intergovernmental agency that was formed in 1975 to provide emergency communications services to police, fire, and emergency medical services for 44 police and fire agencies in DuPage County. The new facility in Wheaton has been upgraded to more adequately facilitate the needs of DU-COMM and the county.

2018 Session Review

Every year Representative Winger produces a newsletter to provide information on what was accomplished in the District community and in Springfield. You can now access this year’s newsletter here.

State Representatives from DuPage and Will Counties recently met with members from local health departments, law enforcement agencies and hospitals for a roundtable discussion on how to coordinate efforts to combat opioid abuse.

Representative Winger attended the discussion to learn more about the efforts focused on DuPage County, which encompasses the majority of her 45th District.
Rep. Winger is pictured with Dr. Dianna Bottari, Medical Director of Pediatric Pain Management at Advocate Children’s Hospital & Crystal Olsen, Government Relations, Advocate Healthcare.


New Business Opens in the 45th District

On August 16th Andigo Credit Union opened its doors in Carol Stream and celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Rep. Winger's office attended the grand opening, and the Representative is happy to welcome Andigo Credit Union to the community!

State of Illinois Sells $965 Million in Bonds
On Wednesday, the State of Illinois sold $965,770,000 in General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series A and Series B of September 2018. The $641,160,000 Series A of September 2018 were a takeout of the State’s $600 million in 2003B variable rate bonds and the termination of five swaps associated with those bonds.

The refunding will eliminate all the variable rate exposure and remove the highest-cost debt from the State’s capital market programs. Proceeds from the $324,610,000 Series B Bonds of September 2018 will be used to refund several series of previously issued general obligation bonds of the State. Total debt service savings of $33,643,047, or 5.89 percent of present-value savings were derived from the Series B Bonds, and each individual bond selected for refunding in this series had in excess of 3 percent present-value savings to the State. The State received bids from 87 institutional investors totaling $4,166,070,000 in orders, or a 4.3 times subscription for the bonds.

This bond issue has an all-in borrowing cost for the combined series of 4.19 percent. The bonds are being issued as fully exempt from federal taxation and are rated BBB by Fitch Ratings, Baa3 by Moody’s Investor Service and BBB- by S&P Global.

“We are very pleased with the strong investor response to today’s bond sale. By refunding the $600 million in variable-rate debt, the State eliminates its highest-cost debt and replaces it with traditional fixed-rate bonds carrying a much lower overall rate of interest,” said Hans Zigmund, budget director for the State. “By refunding other outstanding bonds with higher fixed rates as part of the same bond sale, we maximized savings and minimized the costs of the sale. Taxpayers will realize these savings for years to come.”

Rep Winger recently attended a Veteran’s Pinning Ceremony in Elk Grove Village. Below she is pictured with Congressman Krishnamoorthi, and veteran Eric Shawger of Roselle at the ceremony. 

Vietnam Veteran's Pinning Ceremony at Elk Grove Village VFW. 

Military Veteran Angelo Treslo (uncle of Representative Winger) receives a Veteran's Pin in recognition of his service at the ceremony. 

Rep. Winger holds the Veteran's Pin at the ceremony on August 14th.