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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SenatorInYourCornerBlueState Senator Melinda Bush will be holding the first of four Senator in Your Corner meetings next Tuesday, August 5, in Hainesville. The meeting will be held at the Hainesville Village Hall (100 Hainesville Rd, Hainesville, IL) from 6-7:30 p.m. She will be joined by Hainesville Mayor Linda Soto.

"After a year and a half as your Senator, I believe more than ever that Illinois' situation would improve if all elected officials made direct conversation with constituents a high priority," Bush said. "Mayor Soto and I want to do the best job we can for our communities."

Senator Bush will spend the majority of the time answering questions and requesting feedback from constituents, but will also talk about this year's legislative activity and her long-term economic development strategy.

Residents are encouraged to bring any casework issues to the town hall, where she and her team will be ready to assist them.

"Illinois needs creative long-term solutions to our budget problems, including a comprehensive plan that reduces income and property taxes while finding ways to fill revenue holes. I hope the residents of Hainesville will join Mayor Soto and me to discuss jobs, employment and Lake County's economic future."

Next Tuesday's Senator in Your Corner meeting is open to the public. Senator Bush encourages anyone with questions or concerns to come join her for candid conversation about state and local government issues.

Hainesville Senator in Your Corner
Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Hainesville Village Hall
100 Hainesville Rd, Hainesville, IL.

MRP Lake County Flyer 2014 Page 1Lake County has one of the worst foreclosure rates in the state and a housing market that is still unable to meet the demand for affordable housing. Although property values are recovering, Lake County foreclosure rates remain in the top three in the State of Illinois.

That is one of the reasons that State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) is bringing the State of Illinois' Mortgage Relief Project (MRP) to the area this year.

Senator Bush will host the foreclosure prevention workshop on Saturday, August 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at W.J. Murphy Elementary School in Round Lake Park.

"Experience shows that when homeowners facing foreclosure are given the opportunity to meet with their lenders and foreclosure-prevention experts, good things can happen," said Senator Melinda Bush. "Many times there are avenues homeowners don't know are available to them – that's why we want to provide this opportunity for a homeowner to meet face-to-face with their lender."

MRP is a part of the Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network and is dedicated to providing information and resources that can help homeowners take advantage of programs to lower their mortgages, avoid foreclosure and keep their homes. Homeowners meet with lenders, HUD-approved housing counselors and specialists from the offices of Governor Pat Quinn and Attorney General Lisa Madigan. They received hand-tailored advice about mortgage modification and foreclosure.

 

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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. 

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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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