Ounce of PreventionREarly childhood education is integral to the lifelong success of our children. State Senator Melinda Bush, a strong advocate for early childhood education, spent time yesterday with members of the Ounce of Prevention, an organization dedicated to furthering quality early childhood experiences in the crucial first five years of life.

The Ounce of Prevention serves more than 4,000 children and families directly through birth-to-five programs in Chicago and throughout Illinois.  Their program provides opportunities for children born into poverty that they would likely not otherwise receive.

“I am glad to be working closely with the Ounce of Prevention and Governor Quinn to ensure that early childhood education is a priority in our fiscal year 15 state budget. More cuts to education, early childhood education, child care services, early intervention programs and health care would put the lives and futures of many children in our communities in jeopardy.”

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001Bush007cRSPRINGFIELD – Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a local government transparency and accountability proposal out of the Cities and Township Committee. State Senator Melinda Bush is the Senate co-sponsor of the measure, which enables county boards to adopt a code of conduct ordinance for county appointees.

In Lake County, there are 57 different appointed boards and commissions. They include the Metra Board, Pace Board, fire protection districts, zoning boards, mosquito abatement districts, drainage districts, merit commissions and more. Under Bush’s proposal, Lake, McHenry, Kane, Will and DuPage counties would all be able to create codes of conduct.

“We need to create a culture of accountability in appointed positions that includes real consequences,” Bush said.

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001Bush007cRSPRINGFIELD - Senator Bush (D-Grayslake) passed a proposal out of the Senate Education Committee yesterday to address Illinois school districts’ lack of guidance in teaching dyslexic students.

“Dyslexic students can quickly fall behind because teachers cannot identify their disability or do not have learning materials adapted to their needs,” Bush said. “It is important that we implement the same level of awareness and services for this group of learning disabled students as we do for all other groups.”

The proposal would add the international definition of dyslexia to the Illinois school code in an effort to bring an appropriate level of institutional awareness to the disability in all schools throughout Illinois.

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Funding Also Approved to Plan and Construct New Beach Concession Building at Popular Recreational Area

IBSP Groundbreaking 2014 049RZION – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) and officials from the Illinois Capital Development Board and Illinois Department of Natural Resources today broke ground on the $1.3 million shoreline stabilization project at Illinois Beach State Park in Zion. The project is part of Governor Pat Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, and will help reduce sand erosion and allow hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to continue enjoying this pristine stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline. Officials also today announced that Governor Quinn has approved funding to plan and construct a new Beach Concession Building at the popular recreation area.

“These efforts to maintain Illinois Beach State Park are an investment in both our natural resources and our tourism economy,” Senator Bush said. “This is a great first step in improving the environmental integrity of our Lake Michigan Shoreline.”

The shoreline stabilization project involves the construction and installation of onshore and offshore protective measures to allow natural movement of sediment without eroding the existing shoreline. The sand that has accumulated at the North Beach area will also be removed and redistributed. Copenhaver Construction, Inc. of Gilberts, Illinois was the lowest of four bidders for the project at $1,378,000. The project will be overseen by the Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB).

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