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Bush passes legislation to allow Lake County Board to remove appointed leaders

bush 030819SPRINGFIELD – A measure from State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) to allow county boards that appoint their chairs to remove them passed out of the Illinois Senate today with unanimous support.

“If an appointed board chair fails to fulfill their duties or fails to meet ethical standards, the board members who appointed them as chair should be able to remove them,” Bush said. “This good-government, common-sense measure helps hold elected officials accountable and gives county boards the ability to take action, should the situation arise.”

Under current law, county boards that appoint their chairs cannot remove a chair until the next election. Last year, Lake County Board members were unable to legally remove the now former chair from his post after it was revealed that he had used taxpayer dollars for personal expenses.

Under Senate Bill 1218, removing a chair would require support from four-fifths of the county board members. The board would then be able to select a new chair.

“Elected officials must be held accountable for their actions,” Bush said. “This measure will provide more transparency and accountability to our government.”

Bush & Curran unveil legislative package offering greater protections from ethylene oxide

Sen. Melinda BushState Senators Melinda Bush and John Curran, joined by Willowbrook residents, unveiled a package of legislation on Tuesday that seeks to address the public health crisis caused by Sterigenics and their release of ethylene oxide into surrounding communities. The announcement comes after the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (ILEPA) issued a seal order against Sterigenics last week, which forced them to cease operations.

While praising the ILEPA’s decision as an important first step, it was reiterated that lawmakers now need to ensure the proper policies and protections are in place to safeguard Willowbrook and all Illinois communities from the impact of this public health hazard.

State to provide millions in property tax relief for Lake County homeowners

bush 013019SPRINGFIELD – Homeowners and small businesses across Lake County will see decreases in their property tax bills under a new state grant program that seeks to provide relief to school districts in high-taxed areas.

The Property Tax Relief Grant was included in the historic school funding reform law that has already provided millions of dollars in new state funds to school districts that need it the most. In the first year alone, schools in the 31st Senate District received $8.5 million in additional state funding.

“For years, Lake County has had to rely heavily on property taxes to ensure our children have access to the best education possible,” State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) said. “As promised, the new school funding law is changing the way we fund our schools by increasing state support and relieving some of the local tax burden.”

Several local school districts will be eligible for the tax relief grant, including: 

  • Zion-Benton Township High School District 126: $1,793,018.36
  • Grayslake Community High School District 127: $2,733,574.72
  • Zion Elementary School District 6: $1,095,379.59
  • Antioch Community High School District 117: $2,890,111.07

In order to receive the state grant, eligible school districts must submit an abatement resolution to their county clerks by March 30. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will then distribute the grants once receiving all abatement certificates. 

More information on the Property Tax Relief Grant and a listing of each eligible school district can be found at www.ISBE.net/proptaxrelief.

Bush, Harmon discuss gender equity at Gatehouse Media panel

bush harmon 120618State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) and State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) discussed the state’s progress toward gender equity at a panel in Springfield on Wednesday.

The panel, hosted by the Better Government Association and Gatehouse Media, asked participants to examine the progress made since the start of the #MeToo movement and what else needs to be done. Senator Jil Tracy and Rep. Carol Ammons also spoke.

Bush said she struggled during her first four years in Springfield, feeling like her thoughts and opinions did not carry as much value as her male colleagues. But, she said, the cultural shift of the past few years has affirmed her value, and she hopes it has for all women.

Sen. Melinda Bush

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31st Senate District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Education; Environment and Conservation (Chairperson); Government Accountability/Pensions; Revenue; Transportation; Subcommittee on Capital (AP); Sub. on Tax Exemptions and Credits; Sub. on Interscholastic Athletics; Opioid Crisis Abatement Spec. Com..

Biography: Born March 18, 1956; former member of the Lake County Board, Forest Preserve Board and former Grayslake village trustee; married (Andy) with one adult son (Chris).

Associated Representatives:
Joyce Mason
Sam Yingling