Wood Dale's Winger wins House 45 seat
Republican Christine Winger, a member of the Wood Dale City Council, won the 45th House District seat Tuesday, according to unoffical election results.
With all 84 precincts reporting in Cook and DuPage counties, Winger received 16,525 votes while Democrat Jenny Burke received 13,632 votes.
The 45th District includes all or parts of Addison, Bartlett, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Itasca, Keeneyville, Medinah, Roselle, West Chicago and Wood Dale.
Winger, a financial advisor, will fill the seat left by Dennis Reboletti, who ran unsuccessfully for the Senate post vacated by Kirk Dillard.
During her campaign, Winger said she would allow the 2011 income tax increase to sunset. She has also said she would not support a pension cost shift to schools.
Winger said her next step is to go to Springfield for an orientation.
"I feel like it's very positive that people want a change in Illinois and they believe in Christine Winger," Winger said Tuesday night.
She said once she starts working as a state representative, she wants to "begin working right away with my colleagues."
"I'd like to, firstly, get together with Representative Mike Fortner and revitalize his proposed pension reform bill," Winger said. "And also secondly, continue the good work that Representative Dennis Reboletti has done on the O'Hare noise pollution and air pollution."