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Governor signs law to prohibit smoking on college campuses

no smokingSPRINGFIELD – Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) applauded the governor’s decision to sign a law to limit smoking on college campuses yesterday.  

The new law prohibits smoking on state university and community college campuses in Illinois.

Each campus will have a task force to coordinate the implementation of the Smoke-Free Campus Act.  

Senator Bush applauds new local government accountability law

001Bush007cRSPRINGFIELD – Senator Melinda Bush today applauded the governor for signing a local government transparency and accountability proposal into law. The proposal, which Bush co-sponsored in the Senate, enables county boards to adopt a code of conduct ordinance for county appointees.

In Lake County, there are 57 different appointed boards and commissions. They include the Metra Board, Pace Board, fire protection districts, zoning boards, mosquito abatement districts, drainage districts, merit commissions and more. Under the new law, Lake, McHenry, Kane, Will and DuPage counties would all be able to create codes of conduct.

“We need to create a culture of accountability for county appointees and make our expectations clear for these positions of public trust,” Bush said.

New law ensures sex offenders can’t escape justice by fleeing to Wisconsin

032113br0133rSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Melinda Bush today applauded the governor for signing into law a measure that allows law enforcement to take an escaped sexually violent person into custody, even if that person has fled out of state.

“No criminal should be able to escape our state because of a technicality,” Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) said.

But that is almost what happened last November when a sexually violent person in Urbana, Illinois cut off his ankle monitor and escaped civil custody.  When he was found in St. Louis, he was waiting on a train, ticket in hand, to travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Senator Bush’s proposal to assist military families signed into law

returning-national-guard-soldierRMASCOUTAH – On Saturday, Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) applauded the governor for signing a proposal into law that eases the transitions of military students moving in and out of Illinois schools.

“These families give up so much in order to serve in our military.  The least we can do is ensure that school transfers are as easy on their children as possible,” said Bush, who sponsored the measure in the Senate.

The new law makes school transfers easier for children of active duty military personnel by ensuring that military children who move to Illinois from other states remain in the same grade. If they were in 2nd grade in another state, Illinois schools must also place them in 2nd grade.

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