A Safe Place logoIt has been nearly two years since Illinois had a full budget. As a result, many human service providers have been forced to cut back on services and lay off staff. One organization that has been impacted is A Safe Place, a domestic violence support center in Zion that serves more than 15,000 individuals each year. 

Since it was founded in 1980, A Safe Place has grown into a $2.2 million agency with seven offices across Lake County. Services include emergency shelter, a 24-hour crisis line, legal advocacy, permanent housing, case management, individual and group therapy, mentoring programs, supervised family visitation and custody exchanges, and more.

“Until recently, A Safe Place served 16,000 individuals each year, but because domestic violence organizations were left out of the stopgap budget, last year we were only able to help 13,000 people,” said Pat Davenport, Executive Director of A Safe Place.

A Safe Place gets half of its funding from fundraising and the other half comes from the state. But because of the budget impasse, A Safe Place’s emergency shelter is operating at 75 percent capacity. For victims of domestic violence, being able to flee to a shelter could be the difference between life and death.

“In roughly 80 percent of domestic violence related murders, the victim had already left the abuser or was in the process of leaving,” Davenport said. “Due to the lack of state funding, our domestic violence shelter has been forced to turn away over 500 individuals who were fleeing for their lives, leaving them with limited options: return to the abuser or risk homelessness.”

A Safe Place depends on state funding to cover all payroll costs. As a result, they have been unable to fill open positions and have had to scale back their services.

“If we continue scaling back our services, it won’t just impact the thousands of domestic violence victims who rely on us, but it will also have a ripple effect across the community as other organizations would have to pick up where we left off,” Davenport said.

“When a victim of domestic violence flees, the last thing they should have to worry about is being turned away from a shelter. It’s inexcusable,” Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) said. “Governor Rauner’s budget crisis has had a devastating impact on countless Illinoisans. Not one more victim should be turned away from A Safe Place because the governor chooses to put politics before people.”

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Be sure to be safe this Halloween! Here are links to information on Trick Or Treating hours for towns in the 31st Senate District!

City/ Village


10/31/16 4-7pm

Website: http://www.antioch.il.gov/

Phone: 847-395-1000

Beach Park

10/30/16 2-5pm

Website: http://www.villageofbeachpark.com/

Phone: 847-746-1770


10/31/16 4-7pm + Business Trick or Treat 10/29/16 11am-1pm

Website: http://www.villageofgrayslake.com/

Phone: 847-223-8515


10/30/16 2-5pm

Website: http://www.gurnee.il.us/

For questions, please contact Gurnee Police Department: 847-599-7000


10/30/16 3:30-7pm

Website: http://hainesville.org/

Phone: 847-223-2032

Lake Villa

10/31/16 4:30pm-7pm


Website: https://www.lake-villa.org/

Phone: 847-356-6100


10/31/16 4-7pm

Website: http://www.lindenhurstil.org/

Phone: 847-356-8252

Old Mill Creek


Website: http://www.villageofoldmillcreek.org/Old_Mill_Creek/Home.html

Phone: 847-838-0275

Round Lake

10/30/16 1-5pm

Website: http://www.eroundlake.com/

Phone: 847-546-5400

Round Lake Beach

10/30/16 1-4pm

Website: http://www.villageofroundlakebeach.com/

Phone: 847-546-2351

Round Lake Heights

10/30/16 1-5pm

Website: http://villageofroundlakeheights.org/

Phone: 847-546-1206

Round Lake Park

10/30/16 1-5pm

Website: http://www.villageofroundlakepark.com/

Phone: 847-546-2790

Third Lake

10/31/16 4-7pm

Website: http://www.thirdlakevillage.com/

Phone: 847-223-8422


10/30/16 2-5pm

Website: http://www.villageofwadsworth.org/

Phone: 847-336-7771


10/31/16 4-8pm + 10/30/16 Trick or Treat on Main Street 12-5pm

Website: http://wauconda-il.gov/

Phone: 847-526-9600

Winthrop Harbor

10/31/16 4-7pm

Website: http://www.whpd.org/village/

Phone: 847-872-3846


10/30/16 2-5pm + Halloween Fest 10/28/16 @ Leisure Center 5:30pm-7:30pm + Trail of Treats 10/28/16 5-6pm @ Shiloh Park

Website: http://www.cityofzion.com/

Phone: 847-746-4000

Park District Website: http://www.zionparkdistrict.com/event/halloween-fest/

Park District Phone: 847-746-5500


Frankenstein Fest 10/28/16 6-8pm

Park District Website: http://wildwoodparkdistrict.com/calendar/314757-Frankenstein-Fest?date=28-Oct-16

Park District Phone: 847-223-2820



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Senator Bush joins representatives of the Coalition For Healthy Communities for a presentation of a $2,000 check from AT&T.

Senator Bush joined the Coalition for Healthy Communities for a $2,000 check presentation from AT&T after helping the group secure a grant from the telecommunications company. The Coalition tackles concerns like adolescent substance abuse, cultural diversity awareness, parenting and teen sexuality education, and health concerns like immunization for children and access to primary health care.

From left: Executive Director Marilyn Krieger, Winthrop Harbor Chief of Police Joel Brumlik, Director of External Affairs Tricia Conway, Jiquanda Nelson, and State Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake.

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032415 js 0740June 27, 2016 - Lake County News-Sun | Original article

By Frank S. Abderholden

The Lake County Health Department announced Monday a federal grant will allow it to double the number of individuals the department can treat in its Medication Assisted Treatment program for opioid addiction over the next two years to try and stem a rise in overdose deaths.

The $325,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will allow the county health department to treat 200 individuals and also enable it to make the program clinic a Federally Qualified Health Center, which then allows the county to bill for the services it provides.

"The expansion of our MAT program is an essential next step in the regional effort to address the opioid epidemic, which has had a devastating impact on local families and their communities," said Mark Pfister, the health department's interim executive director, at a media conference in Waukegan announcing the grant. "The expansion of this program is imperative to helping people change addictive behaviors for the long-term."

Tim Sashko, chairman of the Lake County Board of Health, said in 1998 there were 30 deaths attributed to substance abuse, but by 2010 that number had more than tripled to 92. Opioid-related deaths went from 47 in 2008 to 58 in 2015, and heroin-related deaths went from 30 to 42 in the same period.

"We're not moving the needle forward," he said.

U.S. Rep. Robert Dold, R-Ill., who serves as co-chairman of the Suburban Anti-Heroin Task Force, said deaths from opioid abuse has become an enormous problem.

"We lose someone every 19 minutes across the country," Dold said. "In suburban counties around Chicago, it's one every three days, and in Cook County, it's one every day."

"Lake County has a huge problem in terms of opiates and heroin," he added, saying he will continue to push opiate legislation like Lali's Law, which increases access to naloxone throughout the United States. The bill is named in memory of Alex Laliberte, a Buffalo Grove resident and Stevenson High School graduate who died seven years ago from a drug overdose.

Dold said he has also worked to get pharmacies to start a prescription drug takeback program for unused pain medication and offer naloxone, an opioid-overdose counter-agent, over the counter to friends and families.

"We have a lot more barriers to overcome," he said.

State Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, said addiction is a mental-health issue, and the epidemic is worse than ever.

"It has to be treated as such," she said, noting she helped get the state to override the governor's veto of the Heroin Crisis Act and a state version of Lali's Law. This fall, the Illinois Department of Health and Human Services will start a prescription monitoring program whose funding will not be affected by the budget impasse.

"We know it's about treatment and not punishment," Bush said.

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