W.J. Murphy Elementary School in Round Lake Park after July's floodsGRAYSLAKE, IL – Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) and Representative Sam Yingling (D-Grayslake) issued a joint statement in response to the signing of their legislation to provide tax relief for Lake County flood victims:

“The flooding that occurred this summer caused thousands of dollars in property damage to Lake County homes and businesses,” Bush said. “This tax credit will provide relief to flood victims who are still trying to pick up the pieces and rebuild their homes and businesses. Rep. Yingling and I have been fighting to provide financial relief to those impacted by the floods. I am pleased that the governor is supporting our efforts in Lake County.”

"The burden of high property taxes has continued to unfairly impact my constituents, and I will continue to fight for relief in Springfield,” said Yingling. “The Flood Victim Tax Credit provides immediate relief this tax year for families and small businesses who are rebuilding their lives and their livelihoods following the historic summer flooding."

Senate Bill 403 allows a natural disaster income tax credit of up to $750 in counties where a state disaster proclamation was issued in July. Individuals must own property and must have reported property damage to the appropriate authority in order to qualify for the tax credit.

Individuals who received a Natural Disaster Homestead Exemption under the Property Tax Code are not eligible for this tax credit.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the state’s request for assistance last week, saying that the damage was not severe enough to be beyond the capabilities of the state.

The governor signed Bush and Yingling’s Flood Victim Tax Credit measure today in Chicago.

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Lake County flood July 2017Individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations impacted by the July 2017 flooding in Lake County may be eligible for disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The deadline to apply for Physical Damage loans, such as loans to businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property, is January 12, 2018.

The deadline to apply for Economic Injury loans, such as loans to assist small businesses and non-profits through the recovery period, is August 13, 2018.

The SBA is opening a Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the Lake County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), 1303 Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville beginning Thursday, Nov. 16. SBA Customer Service Representatives will be on-hand to issue loan applications, answer questions and help individuals complete their applications.

To apply for a SBA loan, click here.

For more information on eligibility, loan amounts, and other requirements, please view this SBA Fact Sheet.

For more information, contact the SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Senator Melinda Bush speaks on the Senate floorGRAYSLAKE, IL – Lake County property owners who were impacted by July’s floods could receive a $750 income tax credit thanks to a measure from Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake).

“The Flood Victim Tax Credit will help provide relief to the countless Lake County residents who are still trying to rebuild their homes and businesses,” Bush said. “While some residents have received insurance reimbursements, many are still waiting to rebuild. This tax credit will help ease the financial burden and help local residents get back on their feet.”

Senate Bill 403 allows a natural disaster income tax credit of up to $750 in counties where a state disaster proclamation was issued in July. Individuals must own property and must have reported property damage to the appropriate authority in order to qualify for the tax credit.

Individuals who received a reimbursement from an insurance company are not entitled to the tax credit.

The measure applies to the following counties: Lake, McHenry, Kane, Cook, Carroll, Henry, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Rock Island, Stephenson and Whiteside.

Having passed the Senate and the House, the measure now goes to the governor for approval.

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Senator Bush speaks on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD – A measure from Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) to reduce opioid abuse and “doctor shopping” advanced out of both legislative chambers with unanimous support.

Senate Bill 772 would require prescribers of controlled substances to check the Prescription Monitoring Program database to see if a patient has been prescribed a controlled substance by another doctor prior to writing an initial prescription. This would make it harder for individuals to obtain prescriptions from multiple doctors, a practice known as doctor shopping.

“Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States,” Bush said. “The prescription monitoring program can help curb opioid addiction and overdose by reducing the problem of overprescribing, but it will only be successful if prescribers actually check the database before writing a script.”

In 2015, Bush sponsored the legislation that required pharmacies to file daily reports of all controlled substances they dispense. Under the current law, however, prescribers of controlled substances are not required to check the Prescription Monitoring Program database before writing prescriptions. Studies show that as few as 14 percent of physicians always check the database before prescribing controlled substances.

“Checking the prescription monitoring program database before writing a prescription is easy for doctors and an essential step in combatting the opioid epidemic in Illinois,” Bush said. “This measure will help curb doctor shopping, prevent overdoses and save countless lives.”

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