Rep. Winger visits the Itasca Cares charity at National Night Out in Itasca on August 7th!

Praise for Illinois High Schools 

14 of the top 100 public high schools in the U.S. are located in Illinois, according to an annual ranking by “Niche.” High-ranking Illinois public high schools include the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora; Walter Payton College Prep in Chicago; and the Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire.

The “Niche” website provides reviews of schools across the U.S. Their 2019 report, which uses data compiled by the U.S. Department of Education and its user base, ranks the Illinois Math and Science Academy as the top public high school in the U.S. More than half of the data used to generate the rankings was generated from academic numbers and competition, including SAT/ACT standardized test scores.

Illinois high schools made up five of the “Niche” top 20 and eight of the top 50. Students from schools such as Northside College Prep High School in Chicago were highly ranked for their ability to move from high school graduation into attendance at America’s finest colleges and universities.

New Law Authorizes Police to Take Action to Protect Pets 

Many Illinoisans have been saddened to see companion animals trapped in overheated vehicles. SB 2270, which became law this week, authorizes law enforcement to take temporary custody of a dog or cat if the companion animal is exposed to extreme temperature conditions for a prolonged period of time. The new law is worded so as to apply not only to companion animals trapped in motor vehicles, but also to animals forced to stay outdoors in conditions of extreme cold.

After unanimous House passage, the measure was sent to Gov. Rauner for his signature. The bill was signed and became law on Tuesday, August 7.

Illinois State Fair Underway

The Illinois State Fair opened on Thursday, August 9, and will continue until Sunday, August 19. Fair events will include concerts, races, carnival rides, judging competitions, children’s events, and festival food. Grandstand concerts will kick off with Boy George and Culture Club on Friday, August 10. Other events will fill every night of the Grandstand’s Fair schedule. The State Fair has drawn as many as 350,000 visitors in recent years. The State Fairgrounds, located on the north side of Springfield, have been the headquarters of the State Fair since 1894.

Representative Winger recently attended a Car Seat Check-Up Event in Itasca hosted by the National Safety Council. Proper use of a child restraint can lower a child’s risk of injury or death in most car crashes. You can find out more about child passenger safety resources here.
Representative Winger is greeted by Itasca Fire Department Deputy Chief John Radzinski at the car seat safety check on August 4th. 
Thank you to the Illinois State Police who partnered with the Village of Itasca to check child car seats for proper installation. 

New Diabetes Solution Center
A new Diabetes Solution Center will be available August 1st of this year. The new helpline, to be launched by Eli Lilly and Company, will assist individuals who need help paying for their insulin. Through customized solutions that meet an individual’s personal needs, including increased financial assistance, multi-lingual operators will provide short- and long-term options for diabetes patients so we never again hear of diabetes patients that cannot access life-saving insulin.

The goal of this new initiative is to help increase affordable access to care for patients. Additional information on the new Diabetes Solution Center can be found here.
The Illinois State Police Merit Board is currently processing applications for Cadet Class 129, tentatively scheduled for April, 2019. In order to be considered for Cadet Class 129, the Merit Board must receive a completed application and required documentation by August 15, 2018.

You can apply online at:

The Illinois State Police has fostered and served with a reputation for integrity, service and pride. This includes working to protect life and property, enforcing both criminal laws and motor vehicle safety laws, responding to emergencies and disasters and providing a myriad of diverse specialized services to both the public and the criminal justice community.

You can read more about the recruitment process on their website, and to watch the ISP recruitment video click here.