Senator Bush

March 10, 2014

Dear Friends,


The new session of the 98th General Assembly is in full swing and I want to hear from you about what you find important. Your input and feedback helps focus my energy Lake County and in Springfield. Make sure your voice is heard by taking my 2014 legislative survey.


I will also begin holding satellite office hours on the second Thursday of every month in Zion. Our satellite location will be another fully functional constituent service office ready to help you. Please stop by for assistance or to pass on ideas.


Community Office Hours – Senator Melinda Bush
2pm – 6pm Thursday, April 10th (and 2nd Thursday of every month)
Crew Offices – 1632 23rd Street, Zion


Here’s a look at some of our recent accomplishments.

Melinda Bush
State Senator
31st Legislative District




Sen. Bush in committeeThe Young Adult Heroin Use Task Force was recently assembled and had its initial meeting. As a member of the task force, I am working to find solutions to one of the biggest threats to the Lake County community – increased heroin use by young adults.


Sharp increases in heroin use and heroin-related deaths have shaken our communities. We are seeing heroin use grow in the suburbs because it is stronger, cheaper and easier for people to get than prescription pain medication. At the state level, we need to recognize this problem and provide policies and programs to protect our youth.





Sen. Bush on the floorTechnology has raced ahead of many of our criminal laws and in too many cases created loopholes that lead to victimization and abuse. That’s why I lent my support to a proposed law that would make it a felony to post sexually explicit videos or photos of another person, without their consent, to an Internet site.


I chose to co-sponsor this initiative because I feel that threats and manipulation that cause such harm and distress are unacceptable. Victims of this type of cyber-abuse have been cut off by their families, chided by acquaintances in public settings and even fired from their jobs. It can be devastating and it can ruin a person’s life.





Sen. Bush speaks in committeeAs a lifelong resident of Lake County, I know the unique economic challenges we face as a border community. That’s why I sponsored legislation requiring the state to create policies that will keep us competitive with our neighbors who too often try to poach our employers.


That proposed law passed the Illinois Senate this week and now moves to the Illinois House. It’s part of my effort to fight for Lake County and make state bureaucrats address our needs so our county and our state can remain competitive.








Lake County Rising GroupOn Feb. 14, I joined a diverse group of Lake County leaders in calling for an end to the epidemic of violence against women and girls. In the United States alone, a woman is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds.  We must all take an active role in breaking the cycle of violence and empowering women to speak out against their attackers.


The Lake County Rising for Justice 2014 event in Round Lake Beach was an extraordinary success thanks to Chairperson Judy Armstrong and her dedicated team of volunteers.




Modern roads and bridges make our communities safer for families and more attractive to businesses. Investing in our transportation network is a top priority.


In January, I wrapped up a six-month effort to meet with every municipality and discuss the transportation and infrastructure improvements most vital to their cities, villages and towns. I want to make sure state transportation officials know the needs of Lake County and its communities and that we finally get the investment in projects that we've long deserved


Please help me fight for our communities by signing my petition to show that transportation needs in Lake County must be a state priority.




Advocating for the people of Lake County is rewarding work, but requires a dedicated team. My Grayslake District Office offers internship opportunities in the spring, summer, fall and winter months.  


Interns have an opportunity to participate in nearly every facet of district advocacy. To apply, please send your resume and a brief statement to Nick Meyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In the subject line, please put: [your name] for State Senator Melinda Bush Internship.



Thank you to all who have called and emailed thoughts and concerns over the past few months. I am proud to represent you, and promise to continue to do my best for the good of Lake County and all of Illinois.  I encourage you to contact me at any time with any state or local matters.


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)




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

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