2013 case revealed technical loophole that could have prevented arrests

030514 js 0024CLRSPRINGFIELD - Late last year, a man who’d been legally declared a sexually violent person in Illinois, cut off his ankle monitor to evade authorities. When he was found, waiting on a train in St. Louis, he had a ticket in hand bound for Albuquerque, NM.

Police quickly worked to obtain an arrest warrant only to find a legal technicality in their way. The man in question wasn’t technically an escaped criminal. That’s because he’d been committed to state custody under civil proceedings -- not criminal proceedings.

So, when he crossed state lines, police were essentially powerless to use criminal laws to arrest him for hacking off the electronic monitor and thereby violating the terms of his conditional release.

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032113br0133rSPRINGFIELD - The Senate today passed a proposal out of its chamber that seeks to improve business retention in Illinois counties that border other states.

State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) is the sponsor of the initiative that recognizes the unique business retention concerns specific to border communities.

As a lifelong resident of a border community, Bush knows all too well about the business-poaching practices of the states surrounding Illinois. Her proposal will improve the economic conditions of Illinois border communities, keeping them competitive with the states that they border.

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020414 js 0450rSPRINGFIELD – The Senate today passed legislation out of its chamber that allows counties to recoup the cost they spend on taking care of neglected and abandoned properties.

Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) recently discovered that unlike cities, townships and other municipalities, counties are currently unable to recover the money they put into maintenance and demolition of properties and structures in the interest of public safety. For Lake County, that has meant more than $135,000 in safety maintenance costs over the past few years that the county has been powerless to reclaim.

“Counties should not be left holding the bag because a property owner decides they no longer want to take adequate care of their property,” Bush said.

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022614 js 0612RSPRINGFIELD - State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) is working to combat one of the biggest threats to the Lake County community – increased heroin use by young adults. 

On Wednesday, she attended the first meeting of the Young Adult Heroin Use Task Force, a bipartisan group of General Assembly members and stakeholders who seek legislative solutions to a dangerous problem facing Illinois teens. 

“Heroin use has been a problem for a very long time.” Senator Bush said. “But sharp increases in heroin use and heroin-related deaths have shaken up lawmakers.  It’s our hope that this task force will shed some light on real solutions.”

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