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State Senator Melinda Bush 31st Senate District
CBS 2's news team dove into the pink tax controversy, with a mention of Sen. Bush's successful push to repeal the tax on women's hygiene products.
Senator Bush joined the Coalition for Healthy Communities for a $2,000 check presentation from AT&T after helping the group secure a grant from the telecommunications company. The Coalition tackles concerns like adolescent substance abuse, cultural diversity awareness, parenting and teen sexuality education, and health concerns like immunization for children and access to primary health care.
From left: Executive Director Marilyn Krieger, Winthrop Harbor Chief of Police Joel Brumlik, Director of External Affairs Tricia Conway, Jiquanda Nelson, and State Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake.
SPRINGFIELD — With the second installment of property taxes due for Lake County residents tomorrow, Senator Melinda Bush reminded constituents that there are additional ways to push for property tax relief in Lake County. “You do not have to accept your property tax bill as-is,” said Bush, D-Grayslake. “If you believe your assessment is wrong, you can and should challenge it. You can even receive help with the process by attending workshops in the area.” Lake County residents can challenge their property tax assessments by contacting the Chief County Assessment Office at (847) 377-2050. Residents can also visit taxpayer advocates in the Assessment Office at 18 N. County St. in Waukegan from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., or filing an online appeal at https://www.lakecountyil.gov/551/Online-Appeal-Filing. Residents can also attend the following seminars at the University of Lake County hosted by taxpayer advocates on the following dates. University Center of Lake County1200 University Center Drive, Grayslake Wednesday, Sept. 74 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 109 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 144 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 214 p.m. – 7 p.m. “While constituents are fighting their property tax assessments, I’m challenging the status quo to reduce the property tax burden,” Bush said. “I passed historic legislation to consolidate government in Lake County, and voted for and sponsored a bill to freeze property taxes. These are reforms we need to enact now.”
Chicago Tribune - Aug. 19, 2016 | Original article
By Kim Geiger and Monique Garcia
Illinois joined a handful of states and the city of Chicago in repealing a so-called "tampon tax" as Gov. Bruce Rauner approved a bill that exempts feminine hygiene products from the state sales tax.
Currently, tampons and sanitary napkins are taxed by the state of Illinois as "luxury items" at 6.25 percent. The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, removes that tax by putting the products in the same category as necessities like shampoo.
Earlier this year, the Chicago City Council and Cook County commissioners voted to exempt the products from their sales taxes. The change comes amid a campaign by advocates for women's issues to end the tax in U.S. states and abroad.
"This is just the start of a conversation about the unfair 'pink taxes' women face as they buy products priced higher than similar ones marketed to men, or in this case, as they have to spend on products that men don't," said state Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake.
Read the full article here.
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