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Bush’s plan to increase local government transparency signed into law

bush econ develGov. Rauner affirms truth in taxation legislation

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a plan by State Sen. Melinda Bush to ensure news of possible tax changes is more readily accessible to the public.

“I want to express my gratitude to Gov. Rauner for joining with the General Assembly in affirming this unopposed, common sense plan,” Sen. Bush said. “By posting notices online in addition to print advertising, we disseminate information about important tax hearings more quickly, and give constituents the most opportunity to register support or opposition to a proposal.”

Current truth in taxation laws require taxing bodies to post notices in newspapers that compare existing property tax levies to their proposed levies. The new law adds a requirement to taxing districts with websites to post such notices on their webpages.

The new requirements add no additional cost to taxpayers and enable easier sharing of proposals via new media like Twitter and Facebook.

The legislation was Senate Bill 792. It will become effective Jan. 1, 2016.

Bush supports release of federal spending

bush fedfundsCritical federal programs will continue after General Assembly vote Tuesday

SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Melinda Bush issued the following statement Tuesday after a measure to release federal funds passed the Illinois Senate 57-0.

“These funds include important programs that help veterans, mothers, seniors and so many others we have a duty to protect,” said Bush, D-Grayslake. “I’m glad to see the Senate come together in a decisive move to release these federal funds, and I look to our colleagues in the House and to Governor Rauner to swiftly do the same.”

Included in the federal funds dollars for homeless veterans and women’s health services like breast and cervical cancer screening, among a wide variety of others.

Without its passage, the federal dollars in Senate Bill 2042 would not be available for use in the absence of a state budget. The legislation proceeds to the Illinois House for consideration, where it must pass and then be signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner to take effect.

Senator Melinda Bush’s statement on Sunday night storm damage

melb tornadoGRAYSLAKE — State Senator Melinda Bush issued the following statement after a severe storm damaged structures Sunday night throughout the Round Lake area, Hainesville, Grayslake, Wildwood and Gurnee, including her home:

“Elected officials and agencies throughout Lake County are working together on storm damage assessments and power restoration for thousands of Lake County residents,” said Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake). “Across the county, neighbors are helping neighbors, cleaning up trees and debris. We’re seeing a spirit of cooperation that will help piece together some of what was lost in this storm.”

Lake County EMA Coordinator Kent McKenzie said damage assessment continues with other organizations to quickly address residents’ needs.

“We're coordinating with the municipalities and townships that were affected, we're conducting that damage assessment to see what the needs are, and we're working to get ComEd accurate information so they can quickly restore power to those without it, and we're also in touch with human services like the Red Cross to assist those without insurance or other means to get their property repaired,” McKenzie said this morning.

Senator Bush encourages anyone who is having trouble getting the storm assistance they need to contact her District Office at (847) 548-5631, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Governor signs three Bush proposals into law

bush-72215billsLegislation deals with human trafficking, green energy, property tax challenges

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner signed three measures into law today that State Sen. Melinda Bush chief-co-sponsored.

House Bill 2556

Bush, D-Grayslake, served as chief co-sponsor of House Bill 2556 in the Illinois Senate. The new law requires certain businesses in Illinois to post information about the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Concerned citizens can call the center’s 24-hour hotline to report suspected cases of human trafficking.

“We think of human trafficking as something happening far away, but it’s not,” Bush said. “By requiring this information to be posted in places like transit hubs, hospitals and certain businesses, we’re reminding the public that this heinous act happens in our backyard and that we can do our part to fight it.”

House Bill 2554

House Bill 2554 helps property taxpayers who seek to appeal an assessment by making it easier to meet filing deadlines. Under the new law, a challenge will be considered to be filed on time if it is postmarked by the deadline. Under the current law, a challenge misses the deadline if it arrives in the mail after the date in question. Bush was chief co-sponsor of the measure in the Senate.

“This makes the property tax assessment challenge process much more fair to taxpayers,” Bush said. “With this change, we are guaranteeing constituents that if they mail their challenge on time, there is no question they have met the deadline to appeal their property taxes.”

Senate Bill 1312

Senate Bill 1312 requires the Illinois Commerce Commission to provide information about Illinois solar energy usage and barriers to solar energy growth in its annual report.

“We need to focus on renewable energy as we plan the future of Illinois,” Bush said. “By requiring this report, we can get a clear view of what is being done and what needs to be done to more widely adopt a sustainable source of energy.”

The new laws take effect Jan. 1.

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