Senator Melinda Bush presents legislation during a committee hearingSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) advanced four measures out of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday that provide protections for employees and victims of sexual harassment and discrimination.

“The main thing I learned from last year’s Senate hearings on sexual harassment and discrimination is that victims don’t have the legal protections they need to hold perpetrators accountable and seek justice,” Bush said. “These measures will provide cover for victims and allow them to seek damages and protection, should they need to.”

Senate Bill 30 creates the Workplace Transparency Act, which protects employees from being forced to sign nondisclosure agreements relating to sexual harassment, retaliation and unlawful discrimination.

Senate Bill 1507 creates the Civil Remedies for Nonconsensual Dissemination of Private Sexual Images Act, which allows victims of revenge porn to recover economic, non-economic and punitive damages.

Senate Bill 1588 creates a new civil remedy called the “Sexual Harassment No Contact Order” for cases where relief is unavailable under any other existing protective order.

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) passed a resolution in the Illinois Senate Environment and Conservation Committee today calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct ambient air monitoring and testing in and around the two Lake County facilities that emit ethylene oxide.

“While I’m pleased the U.S. EPA is conducting testing around Sterigenics, it’s well past time they do the same in Lake County,” Bush said. “Residents need to know if the air they’re breathing is safe. They deserve to know if they’re at a higher risk for cancer, but right now they’re being left in the dark.”

Senate Joint Resolution 27 also urges the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to assist the U.S. EPA in the air monitoring and protection of the public in regards to the risks posed by ethylene oxide emissions in Lake County.

“The U.S. EPA’s mission is to protect human health and the environment,” Bush said. “It’s time for them to fulfill that mission in Lake County.”

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Senator Melinda Bush speaks on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD – A measure from State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) to allow county boards that appoint their chairs to remove them passed out of the Illinois Senate today with unanimous support.

“If an appointed board chair fails to fulfill their duties or fails to meet ethical standards, the board members who appointed them as chair should be able to remove them,” Bush said. “This good-government, common-sense measure helps hold elected officials accountable and gives county boards the ability to take action, should the situation arise.”

Under current law, county boards that appoint their chairs cannot remove a chair until the next election. Last year, Lake County Board members were unable to legally remove the now former chair from his post after it was revealed that he had used taxpayer dollars for personal expenses.

Under Senate Bill 1218, removing a chair would require support from four-fifths of the county board members. The board would then be able to select a new chair.

“Elected officials must be held accountable for their actions,” Bush said. “This measure will provide more transparency and accountability to our government.”

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Pritzker’s first budget address:

“After years of unrealistic gimmicks and major cuts to education and human services from the previous administration, it’s refreshing to see a transparent plan from the new governor that is realistic but also recognizes the issues we face as a state,” Bush said. “Social service providers, public schools and universities had their funding gutted for years. I’m pleased that Gov. Pritzker is choosing to invest in our communities and institutions, rather than make them fight to survive.”


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