• Today, legislators from Georgia and Missouri were in Springfield to talk about the importance of taking action now to protect women’s reproductive rights. With at least 20 cases working their way through the federal court system and a US Supreme Court that can’t be counted on to protect women, it’s likely that Roe v. Wade will be overturned in the near future. The Reproductive Health Act guarantees that regardless of what happens at the federal level, Illinois women will have the right to reproductive health care.

  • GRAYSLAKE – 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.”

    The Senate Subcommittee on Capital heard from five panels, including representatives from the County of Lake, local mayors, educators, transportation and business stakeholders.

    Local leaders highlighted that Lake County’s infrastructure does not meet the needs of the growing population and the urgency of expanding Route 120.

    “It’s time to invest in our infrastructure,” Bush said. “I’m proud that so many local leaders came out today and voiced their support for a capital bill. We all need to work together to fight for capital funding for Lake County.”

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  • March is Women's History Month. This year's theme is Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence.

  • SPRINGFIELD – 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.”

    Senate Joint Resolution 27 also urges the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to assist the U.S. EPA in the air monitoring and protection of the public in regards to the risks posed by ethylene oxide emissions in Lake County.

    “The U.S. EPA’s mission is to protect human health and the environment,” Bush said. “It’s time for them to fulfill that mission in Lake County.”

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  • Seventy-five percent of severe mental health disorders manifest in young people and adolescents, but it takes on average 8-10 years for a person to be properly diagnosed and treated. Early detection and treatment are critical and can often determine whether a person is able to continue to pursue an education or participate in the workforce.

  • WICS Channel 20 - July 24, 2017 | original article

    Senator Bush on HB 643

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) — Democratic State Senator Melinda Bush is calling on Governor Rauner to sign a bill to save money on special session.

    The House Bill would stop mileage reimbursement and per diem rates from going up.

    In a statement Bush says in part “The governor’s special sessions are needlessly expensive, costing taxpayers upwards of $48,000 each day. If the governor doesn’t sign this bill, the special sessions he’s demanding become even more expensive.”

    The bill was sent to the governor’s desk in June.

  • Senator Bush discusses the budget impasse on the 5th day of Governor Rauner's $48,000/day taxpayer-funded special legislative session.

  • Over the last several months, the Illinois Senate has been working to pass a bipartisan balanced budget, but Governor Rauner has worked tirelessly to obstruct the Senate’s progress and prevent the passage of a balanced budget.
     
    Meanwhile, Governor Rauner’s cabinet members have yet to identify any budget cuts and can’t find any fraud, waste or abuse in state government spending.
     
    Governor Rauner claims to be a champion of government reform, but recent budget hearings revealed millions of dollars in Rauner administration executive bonuses, secretive lease deals and fast-tracked patronage hiring. We know Illinoisans have a lot of questions for Governor Rauner and his administration.
     
    So, as elected representatives, we’re ready to help you get your questions answered.
     
    If you have a question you’d like the Rauner administration to answer, you can submit it anonymously at www.illinoissenatedemocrats.com/heygov.

  • WCIA 3 News - April 13, 2017 | original article

    By Raquel Martin

    WCIA 3 story on Pink Ink bill
    ILLINOIS--One senator in Springfield wants to expose businesses that hike up their prices based on gender, which means some businesses could have some explaining to do in the future.

    Studies show dry cleaners, hair salons and tailors tend to charge women more for the exact same services as men.

    Senator Melinda Bush has proposed a bill that will require these businesses to be up front about their prices.If asked they must answer truthfully.

    The senator says it's unfair to charge women more while on average they are paid less for the same jobs.

    According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research Women earn 80 cents for every dollar earned by men.

    Senator Bush, who championed the fight to eliminate the pink tax on feminine hygiene products, says the discrimination must end.

    Thanks to her efforts Illinois became the third state to end the tax of pads and tampons this year.

    Now the lawmaker is continuing her mission to end all economic barriers for women in the state of Illinois.

  • SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget address Wednesday:

    “The point of the governor’s budget address is to allow the governor to present a balanced budget to the General Assembly,” Bush said. “It is the governor’s constitutional responsibility to propose a balanced budget, and for the third year in a row, Governor Rauner failed to provide a plan.”

    “With every day that goes by without a budget, another $11 million is added to the state’s bill backlog. And while I thought the governor presented a nice vision for Illinois, he failed to provide any actual solutions for how to achieve his goals. If there was one takeaway from the address, it’s that Governor Rauner will not be taking the lead to end the budget impasse. It’s up to the Senate to fix the state’s budget mess.”

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  • 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.

  • SPRINGFIELD — To put an end to an unavoidable tax that unfairly singles out women, State Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, put forth legislation that would end the tax on feminine hygienic products like tampons.

    “Items like tampons and sanitary napkins are taxed as luxury items, but all women know that periods are not a luxury,” Bush said. “We always talk about making frugal financial decisions, but this ‘pink tax’ unfairly targets women for a product they are literally biologically incapable of avoiding.”

    The proposal, which a Senate committee approved today, would also repeal taxes on adult diapers. Illinoisans spend an estimated $14.7 million annually on the products affected by the proposal, according to the Illinois Committee on Government Forecasting and Accountability.

    The legislation is Senate Bill 2746. It moves to the full Senate for consideration.

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