Winger's Weekly Wrap-Up for August 13th

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.

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