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  • Bush asks out-of-state health care professionals to come to Illinois

    bush030920GRAYSLAKE – Due to the skyrocketing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Illinois and more anticipated cases on the horizon, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) is asking doctors, nurses, EMTs, and other healthcare professionals from border states – especially Wisconsin – to apply for Illinois’ new Out of State Temporary Practice Permits.

    The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has announced several new actions to increase the number of healthcare professionals working to help combat the novel coronavirus. One of the new measures includes an IDFPR proclamation allowing out-of-state nurses, physicians, and various medical professionals to provide care to Illinois residents with COVID-19. 

    “Illinois is home to many well qualified medical professionals, but with health systems increasingly being filled to capacity, we simply won’t have enough people to care for all COVID-19 patients unless we take drastic actions,” Bush said. “The district I represent is on Illinois’ border, and I want to make sure that residents affected by COVID-19 who live close to the Wisconsin border have access to well qualified medical professionals.”

    The application for the Out of State Temporary Practice Permit is available online at www.idfpr.com/Renewals/Apply/Forms/F2398.pdf

  • Bush: Blood banks in urgent need of donations

    Blood donationGRAYSLAKE – Blood banks are facing a sharp decrease in donation appointments around Lake County and the state. Outright cancellations of blood drives have also been occurring with more frequency due to COVID-19. In light of the increasing shortages, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) is encouraging people to donate blood assuming they are willing and able.

    “If you are healthy and eligible to donate, your participation is critical to helping our healthcare system continue to operate,” Bush said. “We need blood donations to continue to treat illnesses like anemia, cancer, kidney and liver disease, or for surgeries that require a blood transfusion. The more we can produce positive health outcomes for patients, the more literal room we’ll create to address the coronavirus pandemic.”

  • Bush asks people to donate to food pantries to address increased need

    food pantryGRAYSLAKE – In light of the current situation, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) is asking people to donate food to local food pantries to help address increased need.

    “With schools and businesses across the state closed, people have lost jobs or seen their incomes reduced. Some are now struggling to put food on the table,” Bush said. “Food pantries are struggling to keep up with higher demand and have no idea how long this will last, so it’s important that we help each other out during this troubling time.”

    Bush is urging people who are able to donate to local food pantries in northern Lake County.

  • Bush plan would make child care less of a barrier to public service

    bush030920SPRINGFIELD – Frustrated by the lack of women in government and politics, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) passed a measure out of the Senate allowing political campaign funds to be used for child-care expenses.

    “Highly qualified and experienced women and other young parents are being locked out of politics because of the cost of child care,” Bush said. “This legislation will allow talented people to run for office, work in politics, and volunteer their time without worrying about finding affordable child care.”

     

  • Bush disappointed by president’s actions, urges passage of ethics reform package

    Sen. Melinda BushSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) released the following statement in response to President Trump commuting ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s sentence:

    “I’m deeply disappointed by President Trump’s move to commute the sentence of Rod Blagojevich. Illinois’ troubling history of corruption is no secret, and Mr. Blagojevich’s attempt to sell a U.S. Senate seat is the epitome of corruption. The president’s own Republican advisors have warned him that Mr. Blagojevich is guilty of corruption, which the president vowed to fight once in office. His actions today are simply incomprehensible. Illinois has a long way to go to clean up its act, and we can start by passing my new package of ethics reform legislation.”

    The package of legislation contains three bills: Senate Bills 2488, 1426, and 74. Each targets a different loophole in the ethics code and would give more investigative power to the Legislative Inspector General.

  • Bush targets corruption with legislative package giving more power to ethics commission

    bush 020720GRAYSLAKE – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) introduced a package of legislation giving more power to the state ethics commission to weed out corruption.

    “I’ve been working with advocates for the last three years to clean up corruption and finally hold people accountable,” Bush said. “In light of the recent revelations involving former members of the General Assembly, we can’t allow this shameful behavior to continue. The only way to stop it is to give our watchdogs more power to investigate and take independent action.”

  • State grant to provide tax relief for Lake County school districts

    bush 013020SPRINGFIELD – Property taxes will be lowered for many home and business owners in Lake County this year thanks to the Property Tax Relief Grant.

    The Property Tax Relief Grant is a state grant program designed to provide financial relief for school districts that are heavily taxed and to help level the playing field to for school districts.

    School Districts account for more than 60% of property tax bills. “I helped create this grant, because it will provide needed property tax relief to families who reside in communities in high tax-rate school districts” State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) said.

    Local school districts that are eligible for the grant include:

    • Grayslake Community High School District 127
    • Round Lake Area Schools Community Unit School District 116
    • Zion Elementary School District 6
    • Zion-Benton Township High School District 126

    Eligible districts must submit an abatement resolution – a local taxing district’s approved plan to reduce property taxes – to their county clerks by March 30. The Illinois State Board of Education will then distribute the grants to each eligible district after receiving the Certification of Abatement Form from the county clerk. 

    “Regardless of where they live, every child in Illinois deserves a quality education and opportunity to succeed, but the State of Illinois must continue to explore and find ways to reduce the burden born by property taxes,” Bush said.

    More information on the Property Tax Relief Grant can be found at www.ISBE.net/proptaxrelief.

  • Bush seeks answers on possible rape cover-up

    bush 053019 2GRAYSLAKE – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) is urging anyone with information about the possible cover-up of a sexual assault to come forward.

    “If anyone has information, they should absolutely report it to authorities immediately,” Bush said. “It’s appalling that someone would use their political position to cover up a rape or any other crime.”

    Bush’s outrage comes in response to a WBEZ article alleging the participation of state officials in purposefully hiding information about a rape in an email exchange in 2012, during former Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration.

    Senator Bush would like provide a reminder that there is no longer a statute of limitations on criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual assault or aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Illinois. Therefore any new information will be helpful to authorities during the investigation.

    “These actions are the kinds of abuses against women we’re fighting in Springfield, so it’s essential for the people responsible to be held accountable,” Bush said. 

    Anyone with information on the matter should contact:

    • Champaign County State’s Attorney, 217-384-3733
    • Illinois State Police, 217-786-7107
    • Illinois Executive Inspector General, 217-558-5600 or 312-814-5600.
  • Bush allows Lake County jurors to donate earnings to Children’s Advocacy Center

    Sen. Melinda BushSPRINGFIELD – Jurors in Lake County will continue to have the option to donate their compensation to the Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), under a bill co-sponsored by State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake).

    A pilot program that currently allows Lake County jurors to donate their wages to the CAC is set to expire at the end of the year. The CAC has requested the program be extended until Jan. 1, 2022, because it has increased revenue and public awareness of children’s advocacy issues. In 2019, jurors contributed nearly $1000 to the Children’s Advocacy Center.

    “The Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center helps child abuse victims find their voice and brings offenders to justice,” said Bush. “We should continue to aid their efforts by allowing jurors the option to donate their compensation.”

  • Bush job fair brings more than 100 jobseekers

    Round Lake Area Job FairState Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) held her 6th Annual Round Lake Area Job Fair at Magee Middle School in Round Lake.

    The more than 100 jobseekers who attended had the opportunity to meet with 50+ employers from diverse industries, including Amazon, College of Lake County, United States Postal Service, Pharma Logistics, Illinois State Police, Marriott Hotels, Six Flags, and many more.

    Individuals who are looking for a job but weren’t able to make this week’s job fair are invited to attend Senator Bush’s 7th Annual Zion Job Fair on Wednesday, August 21. Click here to register for the Zion Job Fair.

  • Bush measure guaranteeing right to reproductive health care signed into law

    Reproductive Health Act bill signingSPRINGFIELD – The Reproductive Health Act, which repeals outdated abortion laws that have been blocked by the courts and ensures that reproductive health care is treated like all other health care and not as a crime, was signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker this morning.

    “The Reproductive Health Act sends a clear message that we trust women to make their own decisions,” said State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake), chief sponsor of Senate Bill 25. “Women can now rest assured that regardless of what happens at the federal level, they will have access to comprehensive reproductive health care here in Illinois.”

  • Bush passes sweeping reforms targeting harassment, discrimination and ethics

    Sen. Melinda BushSPRINGFIELD – Private sector workers who experience sexual harassment and discrimination will have greater protections under the law thanks to a major piece of legislation from State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) that passed unanimously out of the Illinois Senate today.

    “This bill gives victims of workplace harassment and discrimination more protections and ensures they are able to seek justice,” Bush said. “We’re not only changing the law—we’re changing the culture. We’re standing with victims and saying enough is enough.”

    Senate Bill 75 also includes major reforms to the state’s ethics investigation process, including making the process more transparent and giving additional rights to victims of harassment and discrimination who file ethics complaints.

  • Bush demands action on Reproductive Health Act

    bush 051519SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) joined legislators and activists in demanding the House take action to protect women’s reproductive rights by passing the Reproductive Health Act. The move comes a day after the Alabama State Senate voted to ban abortion and criminalize doctors who perform the procedure.

    “There’s a very real possibility that Roe v. Wade will be overturned in the next few years,” Bush said. “We need to take action now in Illinois to make sure that, regardless of what happens at the federal level, Illinois women maintain the right to a safe, legal abortion.”

  • Bush advances measure protecting seniors from home repair scams

    bush 051019SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) advanced a measure yesterday to provide seniors additional protections from door-to-door home repair scams.

    “We’ve seen cases where people have posed as city inspectors or police officers and used scare tactics to pressure seniors into making costly and unnecessary home repairs,” Bush said. “This bill will give seniors more time to cancel home repair contracts, making them less likely to fall victim to financial scams.”

  • Bush holds Senate hearing on infrastructure and transportation needs in Lake County

    bush 050719GRAYSLAKE – State lawmakers heard from local elected officials, educators and stakeholders on transportation and infrastructure needs in Lake County today during a Senate capital hearing.

    The hearing, hosted by State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake), marked the seventh stop on the lawmakers’ statewide tour to hear about local infrastructure concerns and discuss a potential statewide construction plan.

    “What we heard today was not a surprise to me,” Bush said. “When it comes to infrastructure, road congestion is the biggest problem in Lake County. We’ve seen a major population boom in Lake County, but our infrastructure hasn’t kept up with that growth.”

  • Bush fights to protect victims, targets sexual harassment in the private sector

    Sen. Bush discusses SB1829 and Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention

    SPRINGFIELD – A measure from State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) that provides greater protections for private sector workers who experience sexual harassment and discrimination passed out of the Senate without opposition this afternoon.

    “Right now, Illinois workers who are harassed or discriminated against don’t have the protections they need to seek justice and hold perpetrators accountable.” Bush said. “This bill strengthens workers’ rights and includes reasonable requirements for employers that will create safer workplaces.”

    The measure was drafted based on recommendations that were made last year during the Senate sexual harassment task force hearings.

  • Bush advances measures to protect employees and victims of sexual harassment

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  • Bush demands ethylene oxide testing in Lake County

    bush 031419SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) passed a resolution in the Illinois Senate Environment and Conservation Committee today calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct ambient air monitoring and testing in and around the two Lake County facilities that emit ethylene oxide.

    “While I’m pleased the U.S. EPA is conducting testing around Sterigenics, it’s well past time they do the same in Lake County,” Bush said. “Residents need to know if the air they’re breathing is safe. They deserve to know if they’re at a higher risk for cancer, but right now they’re being left in the dark.”

  • Illinois lawmakers unveil March to Mental Health initiative

    hastings 031319Legislation would improve accessibility of mental health treatment

    SPRINGFIELD – A package of legislation to improve accessibility to mental health treatment was announced this morning at a news conference with Illinois lawmakers.

    State Senator Michael E. Hastings is a supporter of the initiative.

    “It’s no secret that we have a societal problem on our hands with the accessibility of mental health treatment,” Hastings (D-Tinley Park) said. “We must make sure those who need help are able to receive it as quickly and safely as possible. This package is a necessary step as we in the Illinois Senate look to make mental health treatments more accessible to those in need.”

  • 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.”