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 Senator Bush moves for Dyslexia Awareness Week in Illinois

052714CM1026RSPRINGFIELD - The State Senate adopted a resolution today naming the second week of December 2014 as Dyslexia Awareness Week in Illinois.  

“We need to do a better job of identifying dyslexia," said State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake), who sponsored the resolution.  “We need to increase awareness so that parents and teachers understand the signs and can make determinations about screening and support early on.”

Dyslexia affects 70-80% of people with reading difficulties and is more common than autism or attention deficit disorder. However, awareness and identification of the learning disability are still severely lacking in Illinois.

Work-share benefit program proposal sent to governor

FactoryWorkerRSPRINGFIELD - A measure that would help Illinois businesses retain workers in difficult economic times passed both chambers of the General Assembly yesterday and has been sent to the governor for his approval.  

State Senator Melinda Bush is a co-sponsor of the “work-share” proposal, which allows the Illinois Department of Employment Security to offer partial benefits to employees when an employer cuts the hours of at least 10 percent of its staff and shares the remaining work among the affected employees. The partial benefit allowance will help offset the wage reductions and skilled employees will still be able to keep their jobs.

The state also saves money that would have otherwise been paid to laid-off workers drawing full benefits.

A Safe Place in Zion receives AT&T Investing in Illinois Award

ATT Award RZION - AT&T Illinois yesterday announced A Safe Place in Zion as the winner of an “AT&T Investing in Illinois Award.”

A Safe Place receives public recognition and a contribution of $2,000 from AT&T to be used for housing services for victims of domestic violence which includes shelter, transitional and permanent housing.

Illinois State Senator Melinda Bush and State Representative Sam Yingling nominated the organization for the recognition from AT&T Illinois.  

Senator Bush’s business retention plan signed into law

opensignRSPRINGFIELD - An economic development and job retention proposal was signed into law recently that seeks to improve business retention in Illinois counties that border other states.

State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) was the Senate sponsor of the new law that recognizes the unique business retention concerns specific to border communities.

As a life-long resident and board member of a county that borders another state, Bush knows all too well about about the business-poaching practices of the states surrounding Illinois. She feels that the new law will improve the economic conditions of Illinois border communities, keeping them competitive with the states that they border.

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