Senator Bush

October 16, 2014

Dear Friends,

 

My job does not end when the General Assembly wraps up legislative session in Springfield. Throughout the year my office and I are busy serving the residents of Lake County. From constituent outreach to economic development work, I am always looking for ways to make life better for people in our communities.

 

With summer now officially over and fall in full swing, I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about some of the community service events I hosted over the course of the last few months.

 

Summer Outreach

 

Senior FairThis summer, I organized two senior fairs designed to give seniors access to diverse, vital services in one convenient location. My hope was that making these services readily available would provide seniors a better understanding of the many resources available to them. Attendees were able to receive free health screenings and obtain information on reduced cost health services, as well as information on senior driving and disability parking, senior fraud, senior transportation and veteran services.

 

I also hosted my second annual Zion Hiring Event in mid-August. Nearly 300 hopeful job-seekers had a chance to connect with over 50 prospective employers through electronic resume matching and on-site interviews. This year I was proud to partner with Congressman Schneider, the Illinois Department of Employment Security and the Jobs Center of Lake County – their participation helped make the hiring event a great success.

 

Many of the best legislative ideas come from the very people living in the communities we represent. Each year I spend time travelling the district for town hall events, and this summer I was able to hold four “Senator in Your Corner” town halls throughout the month of August. This type of communication is vital to my success representing you – the informal town hall meetings give you the opportunity to voice your thoughts, concerns and ideas about state and community issues. I look forward to hosting many more town hall meetings in the coming year.

 

While we do our absolute best to inform you in advance of these events, we are always looking for new outlets with which to share our information. Please submit any ideas you may have here.

 

Economic Development

 

AKHANEarlier this year Gurnee Mayor Krysti Kovarik contacted me looking for assistance bringing an important economic development opportunity to Lake County.

 

AKHAN Semiconductor, a global leader in diamond semiconductor technology, is currently expanding its domestic and international operations. AKHAN listed Gurnee as one of several sites it was considering to relocate and expand its corporate and manufacturing headquarters.

 

This is a very exciting opportunity for Lake County. Semiconductors have practical applications in nearly every electronic device and a move to Gurnee would provide a new source of high-paying jobs and 21st century technology to the Lake County economy. If Akhan comes to Gurnee, Lake County would be the site of the first commercial production of cutting-edge diamond semiconductors anywhere in the world.

 

Over the last several months I helped build a bi-partisan working group aimed at competing with other states to bring Akhan Semiconductor here to Lake County. After much work with Mayor Kovarik, Governor Quinns’s Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor and many other state and local officials, I am very hopeful we have the necessary tools in place to help bring this project over the finish line.

 

I firmly believe economic development is the key to solving many of the problems we face here in Lake County and throughout the State of Illinois. When an opportunity presents itself to keep an Illinois company in our state, we should jump on it. Lake County leaders know that retaining and attracting business is an important part of my strategic plan, and I will work hard to better the Lake County economy.

 

Education Funding Reform Update

 

EFACThere 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 my position, given its projected effect on many school districts in our communities.

 

As your State Senator, I represent 16 Lake County school districts. Some of these school districts, such as Wauconda and Woodland, stand to lose up to 80 percent of their state funding under the proposal. Regrettably, these factors create a whole new level of disparity and inequity that is unacceptable and unsustainable for these and many other communities.

 

While I still stand in strong support of the concept of education funding reform in Illinois and of all of the work done by the Education Funding Advisory Committee to address funding inequity, I was wholly unable to support this particular plan that so adversely affects many of our Lake County school districts. READ MORE

 

Farm Bureau

 

Farm BureauThis month I was fortunate to participate in the Illinois Farm Bureau’s Adopt-A-Legislator Program.

 

The Adopt-A-Legislator Program was developed with the purpose of educating urban state legislators about the needs of farmers across the state, as well as educating farmers about the needs and concerns of urban districts. The program pairs an urban legislator with farmers in a county across the state, facilitating educational tours and meetings in both locales.

 

I was adopted by farmers in Randolph County, who were both extraordinarily welcoming and very interested in the issues facing residents in Lake County. The Randolph County Farm Bureau spent a few days in Lake County touring organic farms and Lake County agribusinesses, while also learning about our economic development concerns and meeting with local elected officials.

 

The Lake County events allowed the Randolph County Farm Bureau to analyze our issues and begin planning meetings and tours in Randolph County. When I traveled to Randolph County I was able see several of their agribusinesses inside and out, gaining valuable insight on how farming contributes both to the Randolph County and Illinois economies. This type of perspective is extraordinarily important when making legislative decisions that impact economies throughout the State of Illinois.

 

The Randolph County Farm Bureau couldn’t have been nicer or more welcoming. Ultimately I found that while we have differing opinions informed by our local perspectives, we have much in common. It's when we take the time to listen to each other that we can learn, better understand, and sometimes find a way to a middle ground.

 

 

District Office

34121 US Highway 45, Suite 224 • Grayslake, IL 60030

847-548-5631 (Phone)

 

Springfield Office

M122 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-7353 (Phone)

 

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Senator Bush

August 12, 2014

Dear Friends,

 

I have been very busy this summer hosting a number of informational events throughout the 31st District. I wanted to take a moment to invite you to two such events that are happening this week. Please feel free to forward this information to anyone you know who may find these events or services useful. As always, please contact my district office at 847-548-5631 or visit my website for more information.

 

Gurnee Senator in Your Corner meeting

 

FlyerI will be holding the second of four Senator in Your Corner meetings tomorrow, August 13th in Gurnee. The meeting will be held at the Gurnee Village Hall (25 O’Plaine Rd, Gurnee, IL) from 6-7:30 p.m.

I plan to spend the majority of the time answering questions and requesting feedback from attendees, but I will also talk about this year’s legislative activity and my long-term economic development strategy.

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 Gurnee will join me to discuss jobs, employment and Lake County’s economic future.

If you can’t make tomorrow’s Senator in your Corner meeting but are interested in joining me for a meeting in the future, please refer to the flier to the left for meeting dates in Grayslake and Antioch. FIND OUT MORE

 

Zion Area Hiring Event

 

Zion Area Hiring EventI am also pleased to announce a hiring event this week that will work to instantly match prospective job seekers with on-site employers.

The event will be held this Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm on the lower level basketball court at the Zion Park District Leisure Center (2400 Dowie Memorial Drive). Congressman Brad Schneider, the Illinois Department of Employment Security and the Jobs Center of Lake County will be partnering with my office to host this free event.

Our goal is to help the unemployed and underemployed get on-the-spot job offerings and critical feedback from potential employers. It is very seldom that a person can walk into a location, apply for multiple jobs, receive immediate interviews and even land a job all within a few hours. If you are unemployed or underemployed, please consider joining us for this event. FIND OUT MORE

 

Sincerely,


Senator Bush


Senator Melinda Bush
31st District – Illinois

 

District Office

34121 US Highway 45, Suite 224 • Grayslake, IL 60030

847-548-5631 (Phone)

 

Springfield Office

M122 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-7353 (Phone)

 

www.SenatorMelindaBush.com/

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Senator Bush

July 31, 2014

Dear Friends,

 

With summer winding down, I wanted to invite you to informational events that I will be holding throughout the month of August. Please feel free to forward this information to anyone you know who may find these events or services useful. As always, please contact my district office at 847-548-5631 or visit my website for more information.

 

Foreclosure Prevention Event

Foreclosure WorkshopI will be hosting a foreclosure prevention event this coming Saturday, August 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at W.J. Murphy Elementary School in Round Lake Park.

 

Lake 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.

 

Experience shows that when homeowners facing foreclosure are given the opportunity to meet with their lenders and foreclosure-prevention experts, good things can happen. 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. FIND OUT MORE

 

Hainesville Senator in Your Corner meeting

Senator In Your CornerI will also 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. and Hainesville mayor, Linda Soto, will join me for the meeting.

 

I plan to spend the majority of the time answering questions and requesting feedback from attendees, but I will also talk about this year’s legislative activity and my long-term economic development strategy.

 

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. FIND OUT MORE

 

Zion Hiring Event

Hiring FairI am also pleased to announce an upcoming hiring event that will work to instantly match prospective job seekers with on-site employers.

 

The event will be held Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm on the lower level basketball court at the Zion Park District Leisure Center (2400 Dowie Memorial Drive). Congressman Brad Schneider, the Illinois Department of Employment Security and the Jobs Center of Lake County will be partnering with my office to host this free event.

 

Our goal is to help the unemployed and underemployed get on-the-spot job offerings and critical feedback from potential employers. It is very seldom that a person can walk into a location, apply for multiple jobs, receive immediate interviews and even land a job all within a few hours. If you are unemployed or underemployed, please consider joining us for this event. FIND OUT MORE

 

 

Sincerely,
Senator Bush
Senator Melinda Bush
31st District – Illinois

 

 

District Office

34121 US Highway 45, Suite 224 • Grayslake, IL 60030

847-548-5631 (Phone)

 

Springfield Office

M122 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-7353 (Phone)

 

www.SenatorMelindaBush.com/

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Senator Bush

July 22, 2014

Dear Friends,

 

I am excited to announce an upcoming Senior Fair in Round Lake.

 

The event will be held this 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).

 

The Round Lake Area Senior Fair is a free event for area seniors. Attendees can receive free health screenings and obtain information on reduced cost health services. Updated information on senior driving and disability parking, senior fraud, senior transportation and housing and programming and benefit information will also be available. Veteran service agencies will also be on-site to assist those with veteran specific needs or questions.

 

I encourage all seniors who are interested in obtaining information on issues that affect them to attend the Round Lake Area Senior Fair this Wednesday. Individuals can also contact my district office at 847-548-5631 or visit my website for additional information about agencies and service providers that will be available at the fair.

Senior Fair Flier

 

Sincerely,
Senator Bush
Senator Melinda Bush
31st District – Illinois

 

 

District Office

34121 US Highway 45, Suite 224 • Grayslake, IL 60030

847-548-5631 (Phone)

 

Springfield Office

M122 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-7353 (Phone)

 

www.SenatorMelindaBush.com/

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Springfield Office:
121C Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: (217) 782-7353

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