There has been a great deal of conversation over the course of the last few weeks on the education funding reform legislation known as Senate Bill 16. I wanted to take this opportunity to explain the history of the bill and my position, given its projected effect on many school districts in our communities.

On July 9, 2013, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution creating the Education Funding Advisory Committee. Immediately upon the resolution’s passage, I was appointed to the committee. This bipartisan group of state senators spent more than a year travelling the state to discuss education funding concerns with community and school district stakeholders.

As a member of the committee, I was (and still am) in strong support of the progress that has been made. There is no denying that we have made huge strides over the last year in terms of education funding reform. We got the conversation started and have identified undeniable problems with the current funding formula. However, work on this issue is far from done.

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Citizen ActionCHICAGO - State Senator Melinda Bush (D Grayslake) earned an "Excellent" cumulative rating on Citizen Action/Illinois' Legislative Scorecard for her combined 2013-2014 record in the Illinois General Assembly. The ratings are based on the key votes for public interest issues in the 98th General Assembly.

"It's an honor to be recognized by an organization that makes fighting for our citizens' its number one priority," Bush said.

"Senator Bush is a prime example of the type of legislator voters should ask for in Springfield," said William McNary, co-director, Citizen Action/Illinois. "The senator's voting record for the 98th General Assembly is without a doubt, a testament to commitment for working families, civil rights and consumer advocacy."

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ZION - State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) held a job fair and hiring event last Thursday for the citizens of Lake County. Nearly 300 jobseekers attended the event. Senator Bush, Congressmen Brad Schneider, the Illinois Department of Employment Security and the Jobs Center of Lake County collaborated with over 50 employers to provide instantaneous matching between job-seekers and on-site employers.

The gymnasium at the Zion Park District Leisure Center was filled to capacity as job seekers handed out over 800 resumes to prospective employers. As people made their way through the crowded gymnasium, over 90 interviews were conducted on-site.

“Unemployment remains disproportionately high in the Zion area,” Bush said. “That is why we have chosen to hold this hiring event here and will continue to do so in the future.”

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SPRINGFIELD - An economic development and job retention proposal was signed into law on Friday that seeks to improve business retention in Illinois counties that border other states.

State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) was the Senate sponsor of the new law that recognizes the unique business retention concerns specific to border communities.

As a life-long resident and board member of a county that borders another state, Bush knows all too well about about the business-poaching practices of the states surrounding Illinois. She feels that the new law will improve the economic conditions of Illinois border communities, keeping them competitive with the states that they border.

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