Lake County News-Sun - July 13, 2015 | Original article

By Dan Moran

In a ceremony that saw traffic on the busy roadway slowing down to pass just feet from the gathering near John Mogg Drive, Joey Dimock was remembered as a fun-loving boy who grew into a focused and accomplished young man.

"Spc. Dimock was not only an American hero, but he was dedicated to his faith and his community. Joey's service to the Wildwood Presbyterian Church was admirable for such a young man," said John Christian, chief of the Grayslake Fire Protection District, who has known Ellen Dimock and her family since she joined the district's board of trustees in 1999.

"I can say without any doubt that Joey was a well-rounded young man that left us way too early in life. I am still in awe of all that he accomplished in his short life," added Christian, noting that Dimock became an Eagle Scout with Wildwood-based Boy Scout Troop 672, graduated from Army Ranger school and served three tours in Afghanistan.

Dimock has been honored previously in the area with the naming of an exercise facility at Grayslake Fire Station 3 in 2010 and the dedication of a memorial at Wildwood's Willow Point Beach in October 2011. Ellen Dimock said Friday's honor was the result of a 2014 chance meeting with state Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, and a discussion about what could be done to commemorate his life.

"The first time I met (Bush), she asked me if there was anything that I needed or wanted," Dimock said. "I said, 'Yes. It might sound a little strange, but I would love to name just a little bit of Route 120 after my son, Joey, and after all the other soldiers — for if you name it for one, you name it for all.'

"She knew of my loss," Dimock added, "and as we began to talk, we ended up in tears. As we said our goodbyes for the day, she said she would look into it and get back to me. And here we are today."

Bush was accompanied at the ceremony by state Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, who joined her in sponsoring the measure to dedicate the roadway. Bush also recalled the conversation with Dimock and how "she told me about the life (Joey Dimock) had lived and the work that he did."

"I learned pretty quickly about the strength of Ellen Dimock and her family and the love that she has for this community, this country and this world," added Bush, who asked the gathering to join her in a moment of silence before presenting the Dimock family with copies of the formal resolution dedicating the section of Route 120.

Just before state workers unveiled the roadside sign, Ellen Dimock said Friday's experience was one of many that gives her strength "short of having my son with me" as the years pass.

"We are given opportunities to share with you our story," she told the crowd, "and in doing so, Joey is with us. He is always with us."

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Arlington Heights Daily Herald - June 2, 2015 | Original article

By Bob Susnjara

AKHAN Semiconductor plans to move its executive team into a Gurnee office by week's end, according to an update from the company's founder.

Gurnee trustees and Mayor Kristina Kovarik received the word at a meeting Monday night that featured AKHAN Semiconductor's Adam Khan. The announcement was latest move from the company that was lured to the village through a combination of tax incentives.

Democratic state Sen. Melinda Bush was among those present for the announcement about AKHAN planning to open its doors at a yet-to-be-secured Gurnee building this month.

"I have to tell you, this is what happens when people work together," Bush said. "I truly mean that. Look at how all of this has come together. And these are the kinds of things we need to be doing more in Illinois, more in the United States."

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Sen. Melinda BushMay 30, 2015 - Daily Herald | Original article

By Erin Hegarty

It's now up to Gov. Bruce Rauner to decide whether to sign off on a proposal that supporters say could diminish the suburban heroin abuse epidemic but that would cost the state millions of dollars.

The plan draws from experiences in DuPage County, and in part calls for a wider use of Narcan, a heroin overdose reversal drug. Better use of specialized drug courts that focus on rehabilitation instead of the criminal process when it comes to heroin addicts is another main component of the bill.

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Lake County News-Sun - May 19, 2015 | Original article

Written by College of Lake County

Recognizing the start of the second major project in a $163 million plan to upgrade facilities, the College of Lake County held a groundbreaking ceremony on May 16 for a new central plant, café and student activities center on the Grayslake campus.

Those speaking at the ceremony included CLC President Jerry Weber; Lake County Board Chair Aaron Lawlor; Eva Guttierez, president of the Student Government Association (SGA);and Jose Figueroa, SGA senator. Others attending included CLC Board Chairman William Griffin, State Senator Melinda Bush (31st Legislative District) and members of the CLC Board of Trustees.

The $24.7 million project consists of creating a new central heating and cooling geothermal plant, renovating the campus core to creative student activity space and adding a new café building. The café will be located west of the Main Lobby overlooking Willow Lake. During this project, an exterior court will be covered and combined with a lecture hall space to create a new student activities office and multi-purpose space.

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