“This proposal will allow children and adults who experience severe epileptic seizures to experience the best quality of life possible.” - Senator Melinda Bush

032514 js 0617CLRSPRINGFIELD - For some children, everyday is a struggle. For children with myostatic-astatic epilepsy, struggle would be a welcomed pause from the more than 1,500 epileptic seizures they experience every day.

Senator Bush (D-Grayslake) believes that the exploration of medical marijuana as a seizure inhibitor should be expanded to Illinois. That’s why she is cosponsoring a proposal that would add seizures and epilepsy to the list of debilitating medical conditions that qualifies an individual for the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act.

“We’ve heard testimony that medicinally prescribed marijuana lessens the frequency, pain and deterioration that stems from catastrophic seizures,” Bush said. “If this option helps just one person in Illinois, I will consider it a success.” 

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032514 js 0617CLRSPRINGFIELD - For some children, everyday is a struggle. For children with myostatic-astatic epilepsy, struggle would be a welcomed pause from the more than 1500 epileptic seizures they experience every day.

Numerous reports from states with more established medical marijuana programs indicate that the medicinal use of marijuana can relax the nervous system and significantly reduce the frequency of these epileptic seizures. 

Senator Bush believes that exploration of medical marijuana as a seizure inhibitor should be continued, which is why she is co-sponsoring a proposal that would include seizures and epilepsy in the list of debilitating medical conditions that qualifies an individual for the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act.

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140320 CM 0343csRSPRINGFIELD - State Senator Melinda Bush issued the following statements after the governor’s budget address today.

“Any long-term financial solution needs to focus on creating a strong Illinois economy through proven economic development strategies. Our goal should be to create more good paying jobs in Illinois so that our budget problems take care of themselves,” Senator Bush said.

“I am committed to working with my colleagues, constituents and the business community to continue to improve job creation across the suburbs and the economy throughout Illinois.”

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032114 js 0078CLRSPRINGFIELD - The Senate today conducted a budget hearing outlining what kind of reductions would be necessary to balance the state budget after the income tax increase expires at the end of this year.

The outlook is grim. After hearing testimony from each state agency about what a 17 to 20 percent reduction in their budgets would mean, State Senator Melinda Bush was gravely concerned by the lack of options.

“The idea that we must balance our state budget on the backs of those most in need is immoral and unconscionable,” Bush said. “If these cuts become reality, we will have failed those who need us most.”

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