SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Melinda Bush called on Gov. Bruce Rauner to meet lawmakers half way on finding solutions to the problems he brought up in his State of the State address Wednesday.

“I want to work with the governor to find the common ground to solve Illinois’ problems,” Bush said after the speech Wednesday. “To do that, we need specifics.”

Bush urged Gov. Rauner to present a clearer picture in his upcoming budget address.

“I’m interested in the particulars of Gov. Rauner’s plan for the state’s future,” Bush said. “We agree there’s work to be done. It’s time we started to work together to do it.”

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052814CM0227RGRAYSLAKE – With the swearing in of the 99th General Assembly on Wednesday, State Senator Melinda Bush plans to continue championing economic development and the needs of the communities in Lake County.

“I’m committed to playing a lead role in retaining and attracting businesses that will cement Lake County’s status as a destination for innovation,” said Bush, a Grayslake Democrat. “These jobs will drive the economy in years ahead, and continue to improve the quality of life for our communities.”

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“Illinois has grappled with gross mismanagement and a lack of transparency for far too long. As we continue to work to fix those problems, we should not backpedal on an issue as important as this by completely cutting out the voting public.” - Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake)

NewJerseyPollingPlace2008RSPRINGFIELD - Today, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) voted to ensure that voters continue to have the right to elect a person of their choosing to represent them in state government.

“The state Comptroller’s term is an elected, 4-year position,” State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) said. “It should be the people, not the politicians who decide who they want to represent them as our state’s chief fiscal officer.”

House Bill 4576, which passed the Senate today with Bush’s support, creates a special election for state comptroller in 2016. With the recent passing of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka the legislation will allow voters to select a new comptroller at the next general election. The special election is a solution that allows voters to pick who serves as comptroller at no additional cost to taxpayers.

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SPRINGFIELD - The State Senate adopted a resolution today naming the second week of December 2014 as Dyslexia Awareness Week in Illinois.  

“We need to do a better job of identifying dyslexia," said State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake), who sponsored the resolution.  “We need to increase awareness so that parents and teachers understand the signs and can make determinations about screening and support early on.”

Dyslexia affects 70-80% of people with reading difficulties and is more common than autism or attention deficit disorder. However, awareness and identification of the learning disability are still severely lacking in Illinois.

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