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.

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I recently joined my colleagues on the Education Funding Advisory Committee in announcing the School Funding Reform Act of 2014, which is a proposal to streamline the current funding structure for public education into one funding formula.

This proposal would provide a more equitable funding stream for public education in Illinois and offer more transparency in how education dollars are spent.

Click here to read more about today's announcement. 

RoundLakeSeniorFairROUND LAKE BEACH – Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) is excited to announce an upcoming Senior Fair in Round Lake.

The event will be held Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Village of Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center (2700 Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach, IL).

“This fair is designed to give seniors access to diverse, vital services in one convenient location,” Senator Bush said.  “It will provide seniors a better understanding of the many resources available to them.”

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Welcome Home Illinois

Tightened lending practices are preventing many first-time homebuyers from accessing the needed capital to buy a home.

Recently, the Illinois Housing Development Authority launched the Welcome Home Illinois program, which is a loan program to help make homeownership a reality for Illinois' first-time homebuyers.

Please visit www.WelcomeHomeIllinois.gov for more information or click on the graphic below.

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