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042115CM1024SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner signed three measures into law today that State Sen. Melinda Bush chief-co-sponsored.

House Bill 2556

Bush, D-Grayslake, served as chief co-sponsor of House Bill 2556 in the Illinois Senate. The new law requires certain businesses in Illinois to post information about the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Concerned citizens can call the center’s 24-hour hotline to report suspected cases of human trafficking.

“We think of human trafficking as something happening far away, but it’s not,” Bush said. “By requiring this information to be posted in places like transit hubs, hospitals and certain businesses, we’re reminding the public that this heinous act happens in our backyard and that we can do our part to fight it.”

House Bill 2554

House Bill 2554 helps property taxpayers who seek to appeal an assessment by making it easier to meet filing deadlines. Under the new law, a challenge will be considered to be filed on time if it is postmarked by the deadline. Under the current law, a challenge misses the deadline if it arrives in the mail after the date in question. Bush was chief co-sponsor of the measure in the Senate.

“This makes the property tax assessment challenge process much more fair to taxpayers,” Bush said. “With this change, we are guaranteeing constituents that if they mail their challenge on time, there is no question they have met the deadline to appeal their property taxes.”

Senate Bill 1312

Senate Bill 1312 requires the Illinois Commerce Commission to provide information about Illinois solar energy usage and barriers to solar energy growth in its annual report.

“We need to focus on renewable energy as we plan the future of Illinois,” Bush said. “By requiring this report, we can get a clear view of what is being done and what needs to be done to more widely adopt a sustainable source of energy.”

The new laws take effect Jan. 1.

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