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Jul 12, 2016

Illinois ends much-debated PARCC test for high school students

Illinois is ditching the controversial state PARCC exam for high school students, instead giving 11th-graders a state-paid SAT college entrance exam next spring. The announcement from the Illinois State Board of Education on Monday comes after only two administrations of PARCC, in the spring of 2015 and 2016, following dismal test scores and thousands of students……

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Jul 12, 2016

Misericordia Welcomes Rep. Winger

Representative Christine Winger recently visited Misericordia, a not-for-profit corporation that provides a community of care to maximize the potential of the developmentally disabled or physically challenged. During her visit, Rep. Winger toured the 31 acre Chicago campus, met with staff and residents, and saw first-hand the vast residential options available to residents and the variety……

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Jul 8, 2016

Winger’s Weekly Wrap-up

Budget – Stopgap Budget Bill Signed Money begins to flow after Gov. Rauner signs stopgap budget bill. SB 2047 was signed on Thursday, June 30. Money began to flow on the first day of the new FY17 (Friday, July 1), and continued during the first full week of July. Emergency spending authorizations were concentrated on……

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Jul 6, 2016

O’Hare night flight shakeup debuts Wednesday through Dec. 25

The biggest official shakeup to O’Hare Airport night flights in nearly 20 years debuts late Wednesday with the launch of a plan aimed at more evenly distributing overnight jet noise. Starting Wednesday evening, night runways will be rotated every week, over a 12-week cycle, as part of a six-month test due to end Christmas morning….…

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Jul 6, 2016

O’Hare Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Schedule

Tonight, O’Hare Airport implements a temporary nighttime runway rotation plan that will run through December 25 of this year. The goal is to reduce the impact of adverse nighttime noise for residents living in jet flight paths. After December it will be evaluated for effectiveness. This Fly Quiet plan is one of several actions I……

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Jul 5, 2016

How long should you keep documents before shredding them?

To fight identity theft, experts agree that you should shred documents sooner rather than later. But, how long should you keep documents before shredding them? Here’s what the experts have to say according to the “Rat Pack’s Guide to Shredding“by the Federal Trade Commission: Save forever Keep documents related to major life events locked  securely:……

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Jul 5, 2016

Rep. Winger hosts shred event on July 30

Rep. Christine Winger is hosting a Shred Event on Saturday, July 30, 2016 to help residents protect themselves from identity theft. Rep. Winger encourages residents of the 45th District to bring up-to 2 boxes of paper documents they would like shredded to the event from 9 a.m. to noon at the corner of Schick Road &……

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Jul 1, 2016

Winger’s Weekly Wrap-up

Budget – stopgap budget deal enacted New FY17 spending bills will enable full K-12 school operations for entire school year. By contrast, however, many other State operations will only be funded through December 2016. The “stopgap” bills do not balance the budget and do not solve Illinois’ fiscal woes. The State’s leaders believe that the……

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Jun 29, 2016

4th of July Weekend Travel Guide for Illinois Tollway, Metra

Find cheap gas, check for construction and see Metra service changes for your Independence Day travel. The worst day to hit the road this Fourth of July holiday weekend will be Friday, July 1, when almost 2 million vehicles are expected to be on the Illinois Tollway system. Vacationers are advised to start weekend travel……

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Jun 24, 2016

Winger’s Weekly Wrap-up

Budget – FY16 Nears End Fiscal Year 2016 nears its end without a budget. FY16 will reach its end on June 30th, when the State of Illinois will possibly go an entire fiscal year without a budget. Subsection 2b of Article VIII of theConstitution of Illinois requires the General Assembly to annually enact a balanced……

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