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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042715 js 0045CL CAROUSELLake County News-Sun - April 28, 2015 | Original story

State Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, has initiated a bill that would allow trained pharmacists to prescribe anti-overdose drugs to family members of those at risk of a fatal overdose from heroin or other opiates.

The legislation is named "Lali's Law" in remembrance of Alex "Lali" Laliberte, who died in December 2008 from an overdose involving heroin and other drugs.

His sister, Buffalo Grove resident Chelsea Laliberte, has become a major advocate and influence in local opiate initiatives, including the program that trained Lake County police departments on the use of naloxone, a drug that counteracts opiate overdoses.

Since Christmas, police in Lake County have been credited with saving 10 lives through the use of the drug.

The Lali's Law legislation was passed unanimously in the Illinois Senate and Bush is now lobbying for it to be passed on its own by the House or to be included in an omnibus bill addressing heroin abuse and prevention.

Bush said the legislation is backed by the Lake County State's Attorney's Office and Lake County government officials.

If it becomes law, Bush said her hope is that family members who might not go to a doctor to talk about a loved one's drug abuse or addiction may obtain naloxone or a similar drug through a pharmacist and potentially save lives, opening the door for the addicts to then "hopefully overcome their drug problems."

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