Welcome to my new legislative website. I am proud to serve as the State Senator from Illinois' 31st District, representing much of Central and Northern Lake County. I hope you find this site useful in keeping up-to-date with what is happening both in Lake County and in Springfield.

Please do not hesitate to contact my office with questions or ideas on ways I can better serve you in Springfield.


State Senator Melinda Bush
31st Legislative District

There has been a great deal of conversation over the course of the last few weeks on the education funding reform legislation known as Senate Bill 16. I wanted to take this opportunity to explain the history of the bill and my position, given its projected effect on many school districts in our communities.

On July 9, 2013, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution creating the Education Funding Advisory Committee. Immediately upon the resolution’s passage, I was appointed to the committee. This bipartisan group of state senators spent more than a year travelling the state to discuss education funding concerns with community and school district stakeholders.

As a member of the committee, I was (and still am) in strong support of the progress that has been made. There is no denying that we have made huge strides over the last year in terms of education funding reform. We got the conversation started and have identified undeniable problems with the current funding formula. However, work on this issue is far from done.


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.

Welcome Home Illinois Infographic

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Contact Me

Springfield Office:
M122 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: (217) 782-7353

District Office:
10 N. Lake St., Suite 112
Grayslake, IL 60030
Phone: (847) 548-5631