AKHAN picYahoo Finance - Oct. 4, 2016 | Original article

AKHAN Semiconductor, Illinois State Senator Melinda Bush and Economic Development Director Ellen Dean are pleased to announce a successful meeting with the Costa Rica Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE), having taken place on October 4th, 2016. AKHAN senior leadership was in attendance to welcome the visiting dignitaries including company founder & Chief Executive Officer Adam Khan, President & Chief Operating Officer Carl Shurboff, and Chief Financial Officer Kristie King.

This introductory meeting discussed promoting and enabling research and development in the semiconductor hardware space in the United States’s close relatives in Central and South America. In the meeting, AKHAN and CINDE discussed laying the groundwork for future deals with Costa Rican companies as well as created a development roadmap for partnership opportunities for product research, pilot development and high volume commercialization.

The meeting also focused on partnership opportunities for clean technology, and how CINDE can potentially license and collaborate on research with AKHAN, whose diamond-based semiconductors are pioneering electronics and engineering processes that minimize pollution and environmental waste.

“We are extremely excited to welcome officials from CINDE to our global HQ in Gurnee,” says AKHAN’s COO Carl Shurboff. “AKHAN’s advanced diamond materials, such as the Miraj Diamond™ Glass platform have allowed for synergistic discussions with the Costa Rican officials for expanding product manufacturing and collaborating on advanced R&D opportunities. AKHAN has been working quite effectively with both international businesses and officials, and we look forward to growing the bilateral opportunities with Costa Rica.”

Lucía Gross, Investment Promotion Manager Life Sciences sector at CINDE, notes that Costa Rica is interested in exploring new opportunities for collaboration with high level companies such as AKHAN. “Our country is the perfect location to develop research activities in several areas related to high tech manufacturing. We are very excited to establish contact and explore future agreements with [AKHAN]”.

"I'm pleased to continue working with AKHAN as they do exciting work in Lake County and take steps to forge important international partnerships," says State Senator Melinda Bush. "This kind of cooperation is key if we seek to thrive in the global economy."

Adds Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik, “The Village [of Gurnee] is pleased to welcome officials from CINDE to Gurnee! Costa Rica is home to companies which are providing advanced electronics for aerospace, automotive, and other industries, including R&D for new microchip tech design. There are many exciting opportunities for synergy between Gurnee's own AKHAN Semiconductor, which is ushering in the 'Diamond Age' of computing technology, and its Costa Rican counterparts in these fields. We look forward to seeing the fruits of this collaboration in the future!”

AKHAN Semiconductor is a technology company specializing in the fabrication and application of electronics-grade diamonds as functional semiconductors.

Founded in 1982 CINDE is a private, non-profit, non-political organization declared of public interest in 1984, responsible for the attraction of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Costa Rica.

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CBS 2's news team dove into the pink tax controversy, with a mention of Sen. Bush's successful push to repeal the tax on women's hygiene products.

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Bush007cChicago Tribune - Aug. 19, 2016 | Original article

By Kim Geiger and Monique Garcia

Illinois joined a handful of states and the city of Chicago in repealing a so-called "tampon tax" as Gov. Bruce Rauner approved a bill that exempts feminine hygiene products from the state sales tax.

Currently, tampons and sanitary napkins are taxed by the state of Illinois as "luxury items" at 6.25 percent. The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, removes that tax by putting the products in the same category as necessities like shampoo.

Earlier this year, the Chicago City Council and Cook County commissioners voted to exempt the products from their sales taxes. The change comes amid a campaign by advocates for women's issues to end the tax in U.S. states and abroad.

"This is just the start of a conversation about the unfair 'pink taxes' women face as they buy products priced higher than similar ones marketed to men, or in this case, as they have to spend on products that men don't," said state Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake.

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The Quad-City Times - July 20, 2016 | Original article

By Dan Petrella

SPRINGFIELD — Participants in drug court programs across Illinois will be allowed to use medication to combat opioid addiction under a new state law that will take effect Jan. 1.

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a measure late last week that prevents judges from barring drug court participants from using medications such as methadone when prescribed by a doctor to treat opioid addiction. At the same time, Rauner signed another measure, also effective Jan. 1, requiring substance abuse programs licensed by the Illinois Department of Human Services to provide educational information on medication-based treatments and the use of anti-overdose drugs.

Kathie Kane-Willis, director of the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy at Roosevelt University in Chicago, said the new laws are important steps in strengthening efforts to combat the state’s growing heroin- and opioid-addiction crisis.

The drug court bill in particular will ensure that people struggling with addiction have access to the most effective treatments, Kane-Willis said.

Drug courts are an alternative to jail or prison for people who have been convicted of nonviolent drug crimes. Participants make regular court appearances and undergo addiction treatment.

However, despite research showing the effectiveness of medication-based treatments, some courts have required participants to refrain using medications as a condition of completing the program, according to the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy.

“People have died as a result of being forced to get off of medication-assisted treatment to complete drug court,” Kane-Willis said.

Both laws were designed to fill in gaps in a major anti-opioid law the General Assembly passed last year with overwhelming bipartisan support. State Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, was the lead sponsor of last year’s package and this year’s bills, and state Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, shepherded them through the upper chamber.

“This is part of our continued shift toward treating drug addiction like what it is: A devastating health concern that becomes the root cause of other personal and societal ills,” Bush of the drug court bill in a prepared statement. “We want to ensure that there is no gap in doctor-prescribed medication for those trying to overcome addiction. We won’t deny someone the treatment they need.”

Dennis McGuire, deputy director of the drug court program in McLean County, said officials there will need to review and discuss the new law, but he doesn’t foresee it requiring any major changes.

“We’re going to rely on our treatment providers to come up with the best course of action on how to treat the individual client,” McGuire said.

There are currently about 40 people going through the program, which he said is reserved for “high-risk, high-need individuals.”

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