Rep. Winger recently hosted a Student Art Gallery at her district office, recognizing artistic talents of local students at Westfield Middle School (also pictured: Jon Bartelt, Superintendent of SD 13, Linda Wojcicki, SD 13 board member, Deyana Matt, art teacher at Westfield Middle School).

This weekend Rep. Winger also hosted a paper shredding event in Bloomingdale. The event had a great turnout, and is one the Representative enjoys providing for district residents every year! Special thanks to ComEd for sponsoring the event. Rep. Winger is pictured above with Cynthia Thomas, External Affairs Manager from ComEd. 

Moody's Cites 'Positive' Moves in New Illinois Budget
The 2019 Illinois budget enacted last week includes a voluntary pension buyout plan and a boost in school funding, which are credit-positive moves for the relatively low-rated state and its school districts, Moody’s Investors Service said on Monday.

The $38.5 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1 incorporates $423 million in savings that would be generated by current or former public-sector workers choosing to accept a buyout of their pensions or a retirement benefit in exchange for cash raised by the sale of up to $1 billion of state general obligation bonds.

“The state’s buyout offer is credit positive because it will generate significant pension liability savings to the extent that employees accept the offer,” Moody’s said, adding that actual savings could fall short if participation fails to meet targets of 22 percent of vested former workers and 25 percent of retiring current workers. Read the rest of the story here.
State Representative Christine Winger is hosting her annual paper shredding event on Saturday, June 16th in Boomingdale, at the parking lot on the Northwest corner of 3rd Street and Schick Road. Area residents can drop off up to two bags of paper documents for shredding from 9am-Noon.

Shredding documents to ensure personal information and data is destroyed is now more important than ever, with identity theft and fraud continually on the rise. This is one of the reasons Rep. Winger likes to remind her constituents to take the extra step to protect their information.

The upcoming shredding event is a great opportunity for local residents to destroy sensitive documents to help prevent identity theft and fraud. Documents that should be shredded include mail with personal information such as names, addresses, phone numbers or account information.

The Representative has hosted a paper shredding event every year so that it is convenient for local residents to drop off their documents to be shredded free of charge.

If you have questions about the upcoming event, feel free to contact Rep. Winger’s district office at (847) 252-9311.


Rep. Winger Hosts Annual Property Tax Seminar 

State Representative Christine Winger held her annual Property Tax Seminar recently at the Bloomingdale Public Library. Representative Winger has prioritized this event every year to help residents understand the complex and often confusing property tax system and assessment process.

At this year’s seminar, Rep. Winger was again able to provide her 45th District residents with all the information they need to understand the process of how properties are assessed, and the right tools to learn how to appeal an assessment.


Local Tax Assessors were on hand to lead a detailed presentation on what variables affect your tax bill, how the assessment process works, and what exemptions are available. They were also able to answer residents’ specific questions on their tax bills and provide helpful insight. For any resident who was unable to attend this year’s seminar, but would like to know more, feel free to contact Rep. Winger’s District Office.

FY19 Budget

On Monday, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a $38.5 billion bipartisan compromise budget that holds the line on taxes, increases funding for education, curbs spending, and creates a new adoption tax credit that will make it less costly for Illinois parents to adopt children.

“For the first time in years, we have an opportunity to manage our way into balance, and we don’t have to dip into the pockets of overtaxed Illinoisans to do it,” Rauner said. “Balance is in reach because we were able to accomplish $445 million of pension reform and the economy is stronger thanks to federal tax reform, and we are benefiting from an unexpected boost in tax receipts.”

“I’m signing this legislation because it is a step in the right direction, but it is not perfect,” he said. “We have a lot of work to do before we fully restore the state’s fiscal integrity. We still need to enact reforms that bring down the cost of government, make the state friendlier to job creators, and ignite our state economy so it grows faster than government spending.”

The bulk of the FY19 plan was laid out months ago when the Governor gave his budget address to the General Assembly on Valentine’s Day. It was there that he framed his chief goals for the upcoming fiscal year: spending within our means, and no new taxes.

"This balanced budget was a bipartisan compromise that contains no new taxes and includes full year funding with appropriations for those who rely upon us - schools, universities, corrections, seniors, families, children and the underprivileged," House Republican Leader Jim Durkin said. "I have always said we can achieve great things when we respect the priorities and principles of our counterparts, and with this new framework I look forward to accomplishing more reforms for the state of Illinois."

The General Assembly adopted many of the Governor’s key agenda items. He listed some of them during a press conference attended by legislative leaders, sponsors and budget negotiators.

o Blocked New Spending. Rauner and the Republican leaders staved off $1 billion in spending increases by aggressively managing agency budgets and tabling $500 million in spending increase proposals. That’s a billion and a half dollars in much-needed spending restraint.

o Education Funding. The budget fully funds the new evidence-based formula the administration introduced in 2015 and signed into law last summer. There’s $350 million in new K-12 dollars, which is up $1.4 billion since 2015, and $50 million for Early Childhood Education, which is up $200 million since 2015. AIM HIGH scholarships get $50 million to encourage Illinois high grads to attend Illinois universities. The MAP grant program is funded for four years. Colleges get $25 million of new money and the tuition tax credit program stays intact.

o Pension Reform. The legislature addressed pension costs by making some modest reforms that will reduce long-term liabilities and save $445 million this year.

o Adoption Tax Credit. Rauner said he was “particularly proud” of the work on his measure to create tax credits to encourage more adoptions by Illinois parents. Parents who can provide stable, loving homes for needy children can qualify for tax credits up to $5000 per child.

o Illinois Innovation Network. The budget gives the University of Illinois System $500 million to fund the Governor’s signature economic development program. The initial step is to get the Discovery Partners Institute up and running. DPI envisions a research and business public-private partnership that involves the entire Illinois university system and business innovators. U of I System estimates that the effort could spark $4 billion in annual invested capital for Illinois and create hundreds of thousands of jobs.

o Quincy Veterans’ Home. There is $53 million in FY19 budget to get underway with the administration’s plan to construct a new veteran’s home in Quincy.

The budget was contained in two separate bills. HB 109 appropriates the $38.5 billion contained in the State’s general funds spending plan for FY19. HB 3342, the FY19 Budget Implementation (BIMP) bill, contains changes to the State’s statutory laws necessary to enable the State’s spending to be carried out within the overall $38.5 billion framework.

A major credit rating house, Standard & Poor’s, followed up on the budget enactment by reaffirming Illinois’s investment-grade credit rating. The two bills represented the first bipartisan, balanced budget enacted by Illinois in 15 years. Both HB 109 and HB 3342 were approved by final action of the House and sent to the Governor for signature. HB 109 (now P.A. 100-586) was approved by a vote of 97-18-00, and HB 3342 (now P.A. 100-587) was approved by a vote of 100-14-0. Both votes took place on Thursday, May 31. The two budget bills were signed into law on Monday, June 4.

House Adjourns 2018 Spring Session

Following more than four months of committee and floor action, the Illinois House adjourned on Thursday, May 31. This was the second and final main session of the 100th General Assembly, which was sworn into office in January 2017. As of May 31, the House members of the 100th General Assembly have sponsored 5,913 bills and 1,166 resolutions. In addition, state senators have sponsored more than 5,000 bills and resolutions. Many of these bills have been passed by both houses and sent to the Governor to become law.

The House and Senate look forward to returning to Springfield on Tuesday, November 13 for Veto Session, which is the six-day period set aside for consideration of the Governor’s vetoes of bills passed by both houses. In addition, committees and task forces of lawmakers will continue working throughout the summer and fall, and will hear witnesses offer testimony and guidance on key and ongoing State issues.
State Representative Christine Winger held her annual Property Tax Seminar yesterday at the Bloomingdale Public Library. Representative Winger has prioritized this event every year to help residents understand the complex and often confusing property tax system and assessment process.

At this year’s seminar, Rep. Winger was again able to provide her 45th District residents with all the information they need to understand the process of how properties are assessed, and the right tools to learn how to appeal an assessment. 


Local Tax Assessors were on hand to lead a detailed presentation on what variables affect your tax bill, how the assessment process works, and what exemptions are available. They were also able to answer residents’ specific questions on their tax bills and provide helpful insight. 

“Property taxes in Illinois are too high, and place an unfair burden on our residents,” said Representative Winger. “This seminar is a great resource for residents to learn everything they need to know about their taxes and the system at large. I will continue to be an advocate for real reforms that our residents deserve, until we get it done.”

For any resident who was unable to attend this year’s seminar, but would like to know more, feel free to contact Rep. Winger’s District Office.
In the past I rejected budgets that would spend more, tax more and not fix what was fundamentally wrong with the state. This year I voted for a budget that is balanced, funds priorities and does not contain a tax increase.
We began this year’s budget process with three common-sense requests:

1. The budget must be balanced. We cannot spend more than the revenue we expect to bring in. We must live within our means.

2. The budget must cover the entire fiscal year. No short term fixes or partial budgets just to get by.

3. No tax increases. Illinoisans have already been hit hard by two recent tax increases in the last few years and simply cannot endure yet another one.

I am delighted to report that we were able to successfully negotiate our requests and fund our priorities, especially education. The FY 2019 budget:

• Fully funds the new bipartisan K-12 Education funding formula. This will result in more financial support for schools across Illinois and reduce reliance on local property taxes.
• Increases funding for Early Childhood Education that keeps Illinois on track to receive millions in federal matching dollars for these programs.
• Provides for a merit-based scholarship called AIM HIGH that will keep our best and brightest high school graduates in Illinois to attend community colleges and state universities. It also funds MAP grants to help students attending Illinois colleges and universities.
• Offers new pension reform measures like voluntary buyouts and capping end-of-career salary increases that cause pension spiking, which should help school districts control costs.
• Increases funding by 2% to universities and colleges to help reduce the pressure to raise tuition.

The budget also funds a capital plan and road plan that will take care of road projects, park maintenance, and maintenance of state building as well cover the cost of building a new veterans home.

Additionally, the passage of a budget means organizations that provide services to those most in need will receive their funding so they can continue their good work.

For years the majority party in control of Springfield has passed unbalanced budgets that spent billions of dollars more than we took in. While this budget is not perfect, it is balanced and a product of compromise and negotiation. I will continue to advocate for our district in Springfield.

While I am proud to support this budget, the financial future of Illinois will not be secure until we pass real reforms to make Illinois more competitive so we can create more jobs, stem the loss of population and reduce property taxes.

Last week was the deadline for Senate Bills to be approved by the House of Representatives.  It was a busy week in Springfield, and with only a few days to go before the end of spring legislative session, there is still much to be accomplished before the May 31st deadline. 

In the Capitol, Representative Winger had the opportunity of meeting students from her district during the TECH2018 demonstration.  The purpose of this demonstration is to increase awareness of the critical role technology plays in preparing students to succeed.   Students had various exhibits set up to show lawmakers the innovative uses of technology and demonstrate the need for increased state funding for technology in education throughout Illinois.
Pictured above:  Rep. Winger visits students and staff from Itasca District 10 for TECH2018.  This is a technology demonstration in the State Capitol building, where lawmakers could visit different booths and see what students in their legislative districts were working on in the technology field.





New Animal Welfare Act Approved in House

State Representative Christine Winger presented Senate Bill 2380 in the House of Representatives to amend the Animal Welfare Act. This legislation will help create greater transparency on the health and welfare of animals at facilities, and help discern whether a facility has a history of performing high numbers of euthanization.

SB2380 will include animal control facilities on the list of establishments that can transfer animals to other facilities.  In addition, new license renewal requirements are established under the bill for animal control facilities and animal shelters. For license renewal, animal shelters must submit a report of their total intake number for dogs, cats, or other animals from the calendar year.  Also, if a microchip is present in an animal, the registered owner must be contacted before intake.

Upcoming Property Tax Seminar

State Representative Christine Winger is hosting a seminar for local residents on Understanding and Appealing Property Tax Assessments.  The event will be held on June 6th from 6:30—8:00pm at the Bloomingdale Library, 101 Fairfield Way, meeting room A/B.

This is an annual event the Representative hosts, to help residents understand the process behind property tax assessments and how to appeal them if they believe they are unfair.  Several local assessing officers from Rep. Winger’s 45th district will discuss what variables affect your tax bill, how the assessment process works, what exemptions are available, and how to appeal your assessment.

Residents are encouraged to bring their tax bills to the event to ask specific questions.

While the event is free, space is limited and an RSVP is required. Pease contact Rep. Winger’s District Office today to reserve your spot at (847) 252-9311.


State Representative Christine Winger presented Senate Bill 2380 in the House of Representatives today to amend the Animal Welfare Act. This legislation will help create greater transparency on the health and welfare of animals at facilities, and help discern whether a facility has a history of performing high numbers of euthanization.

SB2380 will include animal control facilities on the list of establishments that can transfer animals to other facilities.  In addition, new license renewal requirements are established under the bill for animal control facilities and animal shelters. For license renewal, animal shelters must submit a report of their total intake number for dogs, cats, or other animals from the calendar year.  Also, if a microchip is present in an animal, the registered owner must be contacted before intake.

The bill passed unanimously today with no opposition.


I recently attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new baseball field renovation at Springfield Park in Bloomingdale.  It was a great day to celebrate with the Bloomingdale Park District!

State Orders CPS to Grant Special Education Oversight

The move followed significant special education findings affecting Illinois’ largest school district.  The overarching theme of criticism against existing Chicago Public Schools (CPS) special education management was that despite spending $900 million annually for the benefit of 52,000 enumerated students with a broad range of special needs, the troubled school district had failed to meet a series of mandates set down by federal special education law.  Many of the 52,000 enumerated student affected by this order are young persons with individualized education programs (IEPs).

Under the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) order published on Wednesday, May 16, Chicago Public Schools are required to grant operational sign-off powers over much of its special education establishment to a monitor appointed by ISBE.  The monitor will oversee the implementation of a list of 40 mandated corrective actions.  Students affected by the order include students with learning issues, behavioral disabilities, and physical disabilities.  In cases uncovered by investigation, students and their families with diagnosed needs and challenges were unable to get help in a timely manner.

The duration of the takeover order will be at least three years.  Chicago Public Schools will have to get permission from the monitor to implement any changes to its special education policies and procedures.  Stakeholders will have the right to talk to the monitor and report ongoing special education problems and challenges within CPS.  The monitor will have the right to attend any and all CPS senior staff meetings at which operations are discussed.  The role of the appointed ISBE monitor will be akin, in some facets, to the “special masters” that can be appointed by federal courts under current law to oversee or assist in the oversight of school systems and other units of public infrastructure.  

U.S. Supreme Court Sports Betting Decision Affects Illinois

Placing large-scale and electronic bets on sports teams is currently prohibited in Illinois.  The Criminal Code ban on Illinois gambling covers many forms of wagering activity, with one sports-related exception that covers bets on horse racing.  Until this week, this ban was buttressed by a federal law enacted by Congress in 1992 that froze in place the laws of 46 U.S. states that forbade betting on sporting events.  Pushed by the state of New Jersey, the U.S. Supreme Court this week struck down this federal law.

The action by the federal high court opens the door for the General Assembly to begin to debate the amendment or modification of Illinois’ ban on sports betting.  Many Illinoisans will continue to oppose expansion of the State’s gambling industries.  Others may look at the revenues that taxing a gambling transaction can bring in – money that does not have to be extracted by incomes, sales, or property taxes.  Potential revenue estimates from the legalization of sports betting in Illinois range from $300 million to more than $600 million.

Record year announced for Illinois Tourism. 

Records from Illinois hotels, motels, and tourist attractions show that nearly 114 million visits were made to Illinois in 2017, up 1.4% from 2016.  The visitors spent $39.5 billion, up 3% from 2016, and supported the creation and maintenance of 335,500 jobs.  The numbers for 2017 were announced by Governor Rauner on Tuesday, May 15.   

The Illinois Office of Tourism encourages visits to Illinois as a way for persons from elsewhere to enjoy authentic U.S. “heartland” products and experiences.  Illinois experiences are featured in our State’s “Illinois Made” campaign.  Visitors pay taxes for goods and services such as hotel rentals, restaurant meals, local beverages, and rental motor vehicles.  Tourist travel to Illinois generated $2.95 billion in 2017 State and local tax revenue, representing $1,300 in tax payments for the average Illinois household.    




“The event had an amazing turnout, and I have already received a great amount of feedback from job seekers and employers who were happy to have this opportunity.  I recently heard from one constituent who attended the Job Fair and has already been hired,” said Rep. Winger. “As a State Representative, it is important for me to provide necessary outreach services like this, to connect our employers with job seekers in the community."





Behavioral Health Initiative Announced

Gov. Bruce Rauner announced this week that Illinois has received federal approval to launch a sweeping $2 billion behavioral health initiative designed to deliver better outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries suffering from mental health and substance abuse disorders.

The Better Care Illinois Behavioral Health Initiative is the culmination of a 30-month long effort to involve state health agencies, legislators and behavioral health organizations in a coordinated plan to help people with disorders that require treatment of the whole person.

"The Better Care Illinois effort is one the most significant developments in the history of Illinois' health programs," Governor Rauner said. "For the first time here in Illinois, we are in a position to devote massive integrated resources to the devastating effects - personal and societal - of behavioral health problems."

"This effort puts a strong new focus on prevention and public health; pays for value and outcomes rather than volume and services; makes evidence-based and data driven decisions; and moves individuals from institutions to community care, to keep them more closely connected with their families and communities."

"The waiver will allow the state to care for its most vulnerable citizens earlier and more efficiently," Rauner continued. "Better Care Illinois will use an integrated approach, so we can focus on helping the whole person and get the right services to the right person in the right setting at the right time."

The waiver is not a grant but rather an opportunity to use $2 billion Medicaid dollars differently to increase the efficiency and quality of care for Medicaid populations. The state got the go-ahead to launch the initiative from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) which approved the state's application for an 1115 Waiver.

The waiver means that beginning July 1, 2018, Illinois can begin investing $2 billion of federal funds in 10 pilots to demonstrate better care alternatives and outcomes. The pilots will feature newly-created delivery systems designed to improve care, increase the value of patient experiences, and produce better outcomes for the dollar. The federal government has also been approving related innovations called state plan amendments.

Better Care Illinois is a win for state taxpayers who over time will see better health outcomes without spending more state dollars. The demonstrations will result in more early help for beneficiaries, so savings can eventually be invested in more cost-effective services.  More than 750,000 beneficiaries, 25 percent of Illinois' Medicaid population, have behavioral health conditions, and they account for 52 percent of Medicaid spending.

The application process was led by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), the state's Medicaid agency. Thirteen state agencies participated in the development of the approved application.

"The opioid crisis and violence in our communities call on us to find better ways to help those in need, and that is what we are accomplishing with this transformation," said HFS Director Felicia Norwood. "Smarter spending will lead to healthier lives and safer communities. By bringing state agencies and medical providers into closer cooperation for our members, we ensure stronger whole-person care for vulnerable individuals."

According to the Governor, the pilots will help Illinois address a variety of vexing societal problems that are impacted by behavioral disorders: mental health, violence, public safety, and opioid abuse among them.

The 10 CMS-approved pilot projects involve a variety of treatment, intervention, case management and home health programs. Summaries of the 10 pilots in the Better Care Illinois Behavioral Health Initiative can be accessed here.

State Budget

For more than 24 months, from the end of June 2015 until mid-July 2017, the state of Illinois spent taxpayers’ money without an approved budget.  The partial withdrawal of Illinois’ legislative branch from the job of overseeing and controlling Illinois spending effectively kicked this oversight power over to the federal and state judiciary, and created wide gaps between Illinois spending areas.  Although the General Assembly maintained partial oversight of state spending through continuous public hearings and discussions of spending programs and issues, this partial oversight fell short of the mandate contained in subsection 2(b) of Article VIII of the state Constitution.  This subsection requires the General Assembly to make annual formal appropriations for all expenditures based upon funds estimated to be available in the approaching fiscal year. 

Despite the explicit language of the state Constitution, as the spring 2018 session of the Illinois General Assembly moves towards its mandated May 31 adjournment once again no action has been taken to adopt a binding revenue estimate or to pass appropriations and a budget for FY19.  FY19 will begin on July 1, 2018.  The more than two dozen members of the House Republican Caucus who are currently freshmen or serving their second term in office have never seen the Illinois House adopt a binding revenue estimate as required by constitutional law.  House Republicans continue to demand that the House and Senate come together, discuss the State’s spending challenges in FY19, and adopt a binding revenue estimate in line with the demands of the Constitution.              


State Revenue Numbers Published

The numbers for State of Illinois revenues were published by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA), the nonpartisan budgeting arm of the Illinois General Assembly.  COGFA works with the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) and other State agencies to track Illinois general funds revenues on a month-to-month basis.  The data gathered by COGFA is reported to the General Assembly annually and is supposed to be used by the House and Senate to adopt a revenue estimate to control spending in the appropriations process.

COGFA’s most recent report to the General Assembly, which covers the month ended on Monday, April 30, was published on Wednesday, May 2.  The report showed total general funds revenues from federal and state sources of $5.1 billion in the month of April 2018, which was marked by significant income tax payments.  COGFA tracks trends not only in tax revenues but in other features of the Illinois and U.S. economy in order to establish precise estimates of how money will be paid to the State in FY19, beginning July 1, 2018.  It will be necessary to restrict spending to numbers within this estimate in order to enact a balanced budget in line with the mandate imposed on the General Assembly by the state Constitution.

Illinois Republican leaders continue to call for the adoption of a revenue estimate for FY19.  With the new fiscal year beginning in less than 2 months and the General Assembly scheduled to adjourn in less than 4 weeks’ time, the House and Senate should be using COGFA’s numbers to regain control over state spending and to ensure that the State does not appropriate or spend more money than it has.  The ability to put forth an official revenue estimate and to match this estimate with state budget appropriations is, however, the responsibility of the General Assembly’s majority party.  Previous acts of non-compliance by Illinois with the balanced-budget requirements laid upon it by the state Constitution have led to the State’s economy suffering under a mountain of debts, unpaid bills, and delinquent pension obligations.

House Passes Bill to Alleviate Local Teacher Shortages

For many Illinois school pupils and families, a shortage of teachers in elementary and secondary education has become a standard part of the school experience.  Examples include special education teachers for pupils with individualized education programs (IEPs), logistics directors and schedulers for students with IEPs, and multilingual teachers for students who use English as a second language.  

The House with bipartisan support has passed and sent to the Senate legislation to help alleviate these shortages.  HB 5627 contains measures aimed at streamlining the process of affirming that out-of-state teacher credentials are in line with Illinois-mandated requirements for licensed teaching status.  Other sections of the bill create a new, alternative substitute teacher re-certification process that targets retired teachers who want to continue teaching on a part-time basis.  Moving towards reciprocity with other states in the standing of Illinois teaching credentials and licenses is a longstanding goal of the Illinois school reform community. 

Illinois Remembers Sacrifices Made by Illinois Firefighters and First Responders

International Firefighters’ Day, which is observed on Friday May 4, is a day to remember firefighters throughout the world.  The Illinois Firefighters’ Memorial in Springfield is our State’s place of firefighter remembrance.  The annual observance at the Illinois Firefighter’s Memorial is always held on a Tuesday close to International Firefighters’ Day.  It will be held this year on Tuesday, May 8.   


IEPA to Study O’Hare’s Environmental Effect

State Representative Christine Winger’s bill, HB5272 requires the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to conduct a study of the effects of both noise and the toxic atmospheric impacts around O’Hare Airport.  The results of this study would be presented to the Illinois General Assembly no later than October 31, 2020.

HB5272 recommends that the IEPA pay particular attention in their study to the impacts of air pollution, noise pollution, and the emission of gases and fluids by aircrafts as they can impact the quality of life, health and property of residents who live in close proximity to the flights patterns used by O’Hare Airport.

Representative Winger stressed the importance of this study, as the environmental and noise concerns could only be exacerbated with the upcoming O’Hare transformation project. 

Representative Winger presented the bill to the Transportation committee where it unanimously passed.  Rep. Winger also had Mayor Nunzio Pulice and Deputy Mayor Art Woods from Wood Dale present to testify in support of the bill. 


Upcoming Job Fair

Representative Winger is hosting a Job Fair that will bring over 80 hiring employers to her district.  The job fair will be held on Monday, May 7th at the Itasca Park District, 350 E. Irving Park Road, from 10am-1pm. 

A variety of employers will be at the event to discuss available positions. Skills workshops will also be held throughout the day at the event, which will help candidates in their job search.  The workshops will include job search strategies, interview tips, and how to avoid job scams, and are all free to any attendees.

Representative Winger is committed to getting Illinoisans back to work, and encourages job seekers to dress to impress and bring plenty of resumes to the Job Fair.

“This is an opportunity for residents to easily meet with hiring managers and discuss employment opportunities,” said Winger.  “The goal of the event is to bring as many hiring companies as possible together under one roof, to maximize the opportunities for those seeking jobs.”

Admission to the event is free and it is open to the public.  With questions, contact Rep. Winger’s District Office at (847) 252-9311. To view the event flyer and participating employers, visit www.repwinger.com.

State Representative Christine Winger’s bill, HB5272 requires the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to conduct a study of the effects of both noise and the toxic atmospheric impacts around O’Hare Airport. The results of this study would be presented to the Illinois General Assembly no later than October 31, 2020.

HB5272 recommends that the IEPA pay particular attention in their study to the impacts of air pollution, noise pollution, and the emission of gases and fluids by aircrafts as they can impact the quality of life, health and property of residents who live in close proximity to the flights patterns used by O’Hare Airport.

Representative Winger stressed the importance of this study, as the environmental and noise concerns could only be exacerbated with the upcoming O’Hare transformation project. 
  
Representative Winger presented the bill to the Transportation committee where it unanimously passed. Rep. Winger also had Mayor Nunzio Pulice and Deputy Mayor Art Woods from Wood Dale present to testify in support of the bill.


House Republicans Call for Independent Redistricting Reform

Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, along with all members of the House Republican Caucus, has filed a resolution demanding an independent redistricting reform solution.

House Resolution 995 shows broad support for maps to be drawn without regard to incumbency and partisanship, and allows voters the opportunity to choose a candidate based on the issues and policies most important to them. Legislative district maps are redrawn every ten years based on the newest census results.

According to a poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, 72 percent of Illinois residents, including a majority of both Republicans and Democrats, support the creation of an independent commission to draw legislative district maps. Based on the current legislative calendar, the deadlines for passage are April 27 in the House and May 3 in the Senate.

Illinois House Prepares for Final Week of Consideration for House Bills

The House bill voting deadline will come at the end of the final full week of April on Friday, April 27.   The final House vote on a House bill is called “Third Reading,” and this date is the Third Reading deadline.  April 27 will be the cutoff date for House bills to be favorably considered by the full House in floor debate and sent to the Senate for final passage.  Bills that are not passed by the deadline will be sent to the House Rules Committee, which is the primary pathway under the rules of the House to “table” bills that will no longer be considered. 

Following the House deadline for consideration of its own bills, the focus will shift toward consideration of Senate bills.  The House will reconvene on Tuesday, May 8 to hold committee hearings for testimony and discussion of bills from the Illinois Senate.  Both houses of the Illinois General Assembly will have a four-week period to consider the bills passed by the other chamber and reach final compromises on the difficult issues of 2018.  The House and Senate are scheduled to adjourn on Thursday, May 31.  

“Enjoy Illinois” Maintains List of Illinois Farmers’ Markets. 

As trees and berries bud and blossom, Illinois residents are beginning to look forward to the first fresh-food supplies appearing in Illinois farmers’ markets.  Early foodstuffs for sale in late spring include lettuce, radishes, rhubarb, and many other crops.  Depending on local public health regulations, many farmers’ markets sell refrigerated goods such as eggs and fresh meat.  Farmers’ market operations will multiply throughout Illinois starting on Tuesday, May 1.

One frequently-updated list of places to buy locally-grown produce and locally-made products can be found at the “Enjoy Illinois” website maintained by the state’s Office of Tourism within the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.  Money for this Division and website comes from the State’s tax on hotel and motel rooms and does not come from income or sales tax money.


State Representative Christine Winger is hosting a Job Fair that will bring over 80 hiring employers to her district.  The job fair will be held on Monday, May 7th at the Itasca Park District, 350 E. Irving Park Road, from 10am-1pm. 

A variety of employers will be at the event to discuss available positions. Skills workshops will also be held throughout the day at the event, which will help candidates in their job search.  The workshops will include job search strategies, interview tips, and how to avoid job scams, and are all free to any attendees.

Representative Winger is committed to getting Illinoisans back to work, and encourages job seekers to dress to impress and bring plenty of resumes to the Job Fair.

“This is an opportunity for residents to easily meet with hiring managers and discuss employment opportunities,” said Winger.  “The goal of the event is to bring as many hiring companies as possible together under one roof, to maximize the opportunities for those seeking jobs.”

Admission to the event is free and it is open to the public.  Click here to view participating employers.  With questions, contact Rep. Winger’s District Office at (847) 252-9311. 

State Representative Christine Winger passed an animal welfare measure in the House today.  The bill, HB5477, will require an animal shelter or animal control facility to report the total number of dogs, cats, and other animals taken in by the shelter, the number of animals that leave the shelter and the ending inventory of the shelter at the end of every year.  The inventory will be reported to the Department of Agriculture, and will serve as part of animal shelters’ annual renewal application.

Currently, Illinois shelters and rescues are not required to report to the Department of Agriculture on the numbers of dogs they are importing or where these dogs originate. Rep. Winger’s legislation will require better records to be kept of dogs and cats in our State’s animal shelters.

Representative Winger’s bill will help increase transparency in animal shelters throughout Illinois, and help promote better health and wellness for animals in such shelters.  The legislation had no opposition and moves forward to the Senate for further consideration.

State Representative Christine Winger has advanced a legislative measure to help reduce noise from O’Hare Airport on the surrounding communities, and increase awareness of the airport’s environmental effects. 

Representative Winger has sponsored legislative measures throughout her tenure in the House to advocate for solutions for the neighboring communities who have been dealing with increased noise from the airport, as well as other adverse effects. This week, Rep. Winger presented a House Resolution to urge the Federal Aviation Administration to focus on the environment surrounding O’Hare Airport.

The resolution, HJR110, provides that more money be allocated from the Federal Aviation Administration Passenger Facility Charge. These additional funds would be provided to the FAA to support community airport noise mitigation and community airport air quality monitoring.

This initiative, which was adopted by the Transportation, Roads and Bridges committee this week in Springfield, is another step forward in her effort to fight for O’Hare’s neighbors.
Chicago-Area Homeowners Pay Higher Property Taxes than 93% of U.S 

Homeowners in the Chicago area are paying higher property tax bills, on average, than 93 percent of the country, according to a new report.  The average 2017 tax bill on a single-family home in Lake County was higher than nearly 99 percent of the 1,414 U.S. counties covered by the report, released this week by Attom Data Solutions.

The region's other counties aren't far behind. The average bill in DuPage County is higher than nearly 98 percent, followed by Kane County and McHenry County (both 96 percent), Cook County (94 percent) and Will County (93 percent).

The report covers only counties with 10,000 or more single-family homes. In all, the nation has 3,144 counties, or more than twice the number in Attom's study. The report includes
a county-by-county map of the average property tax bill for single-family homes. Read more in Crain's.

Property taxes are especially high in Illinois due to the state’s overall high-tax political environment. State Representative Christine Winger has supported property tax reforms, and legislative measures such as HB 4066, which have sought to enact comprehensive property tax reforms, including freezes on the levels of property tax “extensions” demanded by local taxing bodies.  However, these measures have all been bottled up in the House Rules Committee by the Democrat majority and have not been allowed to be debated or voted upon.

State Needs Full-Year Balanced Budget 

Speaking to the press on Monday, April 9, Governor Bruce Rauner framed his overall legislative agenda around the State’s need for a balanced, full –year budget for FY19. The Governor’s call came in the context of widespread rumors in Springfield that some people may want a partial budget or a deficit budget for non-policy reasons. 

Illinois’ budget picture has been clouded by the State’s continuing inability to enact permanent reforms to its pension systems. Illinois is legally responsible for $130 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, an expense which must be paid by state taxpayers. The unfunded pension crisis is a key element in the continuing decision by New York’s three major credit-rating agencies to rank Illinois debt at close to “junk bond” level.

Rauner and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin are calling for the State to return the traditional practice of determining and certifying the revenues that the State of Illinois can reasonably expect to receive in FY19, the fiscal year that will begin on July 1, 2018. Once the revenue estimate is determined, the State can develop a budget and spending plan, including appropriations bills, to spend no more money than will come in. Fiduciary experts believe that a repeated demonstration by Illinois that it has returned to sound budget practices will enable the State to slowly retrieve the lost ground that it has suffered in its now-near-junk-level credit rating.