0GRAYSLAKE - The Illinois General Assembly recently announced the cancellation of its session next week to help slow the potential spread of the novel coronavirus. In order to protect the public health and reduce risk in local communities, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) announced the temporary closure of her Grayslake office and will be remotely serving constituents starting on Monday, March 16th. Her office will continue to provide vital state services and will be re-evaluating risk levels weekly and will resume in-person operations as soon as possible.

"Above all, I urge you not to panic," Bush said. "The State of Illinois is prepared to handle the developing situation, and I'm confident our officials will do their best to keep citizens safe."

In the meantime, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released the following information:

What is coronavirus?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), coronaviruses commonly cause mild to moderate illness in people worldwide. Most of the time, they aren't much different from a cold or flu virus— coronavirus symptoms may include fever, cough and shortness of breath, and usually only last for a short amount of time. There are no specific treatments for coronavirus, but to relieve symptoms, patients are instructed to take pain and fever medications, drink plenty of liquids, and stay home and rest.

What’s the status of coronavirus in Illinois?

Currently, the number of coronavirus cases in the state remains low, but it continues to climb. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has posted coronavirus case totals and test results on its website, updated daily.

Is Illinois prepared to handle a potential outbreak?

Illinois health officials have acted swiftly to contain the virus, and they are prepared for the future. Illinois was the first state to provide coronavirus testing, and hospitals and health providers across the region are already expanding their surveillance efforts by offering patients with flu-like symptoms the option to be tested for the virus. IDPH has outfitted two additional labs in central and southern Illinois to handle the extra testing load.

On March 9, Gov. Pritzker issued a statewide Disaster Proclamation, which will allow Illinois to receive federal resources and support to advance preparation and planning. This declaration will build on the state's strong response to the outbreak.

How do I know if my family and I are at risk?

Public health officials will reach out to individuals who may have been exposed. They are actively monitoring the situation and will update the public in the event that certain measures— like school and business closures— are necessary.

How does coronavirus spread?

According to the CDC, coronavirus mainly spreads from person to person. Act the same way you would act if you had the flu— if you think you may be sick, keep your distance from other people and always cover your coughs and sneezes.

How can I stay healthy?

The IDPH and the CDC have issued recommendations to help people avoid coming down with coronavirus. Keep in mind: These tips are helpful for avoiding any virus, including the flu and the common cold!

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If I get sick, will insurance cover my care?

If you have questions regarding health insurance and HMO inquiries, please call the Illinois Department of Insurance at (877) 527-9431. If you have questions regarding Medicare beneficiaries and caregiver inquiries, please call CMS at (800) 548-9034.

With questions and concerns about coronavirus, please call the IDPH 24/7 hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Today, students from Grayslake Middle School and River Trail School came to the Capitol to participate in Tech Day 2019. They showcased their work on transforming student and teacher communication and live broadcast and video production. STEM education is so important. It was great to see these bright young people in Springfield.

Senator Bush with a Grayslake Middle School student on Tech Day 2019

Senator Bush with a Grayslake Middle School student on Tech Day 2019

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05092018KS4738SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) released the following statement this morning after serious criminal allegations were made public against State Representative Nick Sauer (R-Lake Barrington), a member of the House Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Task Force:

“Rep. Nick Sauer should resign from his office immediately. For far too long in Springfield, sexual harassment and abuse from those in positions of power has gone unchecked. I applaud this woman for coming forward and telling her story. Women must have confidence that when they come forward with stories of abuse that the systems in place will hear them and believe them. Without accountability there can be no change.”

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Lake County residents whose property was damaged from the historic floods of July 2017 may be eligible for a Natural Disaster Income Tax Credit thanks to a new law from Senator Melinda Bush.

This income tax credit is for qualified real property that was damaged as a result of the flood event in July 2017. No other events can be considered for this. This credit can be obtained for up to $750, based upon information provided.

  • The property must be the principal residence of the owner
  • If the property is leased, the owner is not eligible for this credit
  • Certain business properties can apply for this credit (details listed on the certificate)
  • Only losses related to qualified real property can be considered for this tax credit
  • Properties that received or will receive a Natural Disaster Homestead Exemption for property taxes do not qualify for this credit

Items a property owner will need to provide to a Township Assessor or the County Assessor as a part of the certification process:

  • A property owner will need to complete a proforma IRS Form 4684, as well a Natural Disaster Income Tax Credit Certificate
  • Property owners will need to provide their Township Assessor or the County Assessor with proof of loss in the form of receipts, estimates, invoices, insurance claims or other validation to claim the income tax credit

Please bring completed forms and proof of loss documentation to your local Township Assessor's Office or the Chief County Assessment Office (CCAO). The information will then be evaluated to:

  • Determine whether the property owner has already received a benefit with a Natural Disaster Homestead Exemption
  • Determine the amount of the credit to be received

The township assessor or CCAO will review the information submitted, and complete and provide you with a copy of the certificate if you qualify for the Natural Disaster Income Tax Credit.

Steps to take after being certified by Township Assessor or County Assessment Office:

  1. Review "PTAX-555 Natural Disaster Certificate" document prior to filing taxes.
  2. Choose to file Illinois Taxes by paper or online at Illinois Department of Revenue's website. https://mytax.illinois.gov/_/
  3. Fill out Schedule 1299-C - Consult page 3 of the "PTAX-555 Natural Disaster Certificate" for instructions
  4. Upon completion of IL-1040 use the "attach document" link to upload the Tax Credit Certificate received from township assessor or county assessment office

Note: You may electronically file your 2017 individual or business income tax return and claim the credit on the respective Schedule 1299. Make sure your certificate number is correct.

If a property owner has questions on the income tax credit, they can call the Illinois Department of Revenue at 1-800-732-8866 or visit their website at tax.illinois.gov.

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