Senator Melinda Bush addresses the Senate GOP

SPRINGFIELD — Arguing in favor of emergency funds that would keep vital state services in place during ongoing 2016 budget negotiations, State Sen. Melinda Bush called on GOP Senators and Gov. Bruce Rauner to support a one-month provisional spending plan equal to about 2 percent of the state budget Wednesday.

“When people's lives are at stake, it's not the time for partisan politics. Every day we don’t come to an agreement, the work of the state goes undone, and the needs of Illinoisans go unmet. I've asked both sides to do the right thing and make sure that during these budget negotiations we keep vital services in place for people who are going to work, taking care of their children and elderly parents and trying to keep their bills paid.”

Senator Bush voted for a one-month provisionary budget that would have ensured ongoing services as lawmakers continue to negotiate a full 2016 budget. The measure passed the Illinois Senate without Republican support. It proceeds to the House for consideration.

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GRAYSLAKE — Working together with local business leaders and colleagues in the Illinois Senate toward a more business-friendly Illinois, state Sen. Melinda Bush is pushing several pieces of legislation to lower fees, showcase small employers and retain businesses that border other states.

Senate Bill 1427, sponsored by Bush, clarifies the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s ability to issue EDGE tax credits to businesses that choose to remain in Illinois. Other states count retained employees toward the tax credits, something this proposal formalizes.

“As we work to ensure businesses stay in Illinois, we want to use every tool available,” Bush said. “Other states count retained workers toward tax credits. This helps us stay competitive.”

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The governor’s proposed budget reduces state funding to the Local Government Distributive Fund, which provides a share of income taxes to local governments. Here’s how much individual cities in the 31st District would lose.

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