State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) and State Representative Joyce Mason (D-Gurnee) honored the life and sacrifice of fallen Illinois State Trooper Gerald Ellis today at the Capitol.

Bush and Mason welcomed his widow, Stacy Ellis of Antioch, to the Capitol and held moments of silence for Trooper Ellis in both the House and Senate chambers. Both legislators sponsored resolutions in his honor.

On March 30, Ellis was on duty, driving home when he was fatally struck head on by a car driving the wrong way on I-94.

Senator Melinda Bush introduces Stacy Ellis while honoring the life of Trooper Gerald Ellis

Senator Melinda Bush, State Representative Joyce Mason and Stacy Ellis in the well of the Senate chamber

Senator Melinda Bush speaks with State Representative Joyce Mason and Stacy Ellis

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Senator Melinda Bush speaks at a press conference on the Reproductive Health ActSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) joined legislators and activists in demanding the House take action to protect women’s reproductive rights by passing the Reproductive Health Act. The move comes a day after the Alabama State Senate voted to ban abortion and criminalize doctors who perform the procedure.

“There’s a very real possibility that Roe v. Wade will be overturned in the next few years,” Bush said. “We need to take action now in Illinois to make sure that, regardless of what happens at the federal level, Illinois women maintain the right to a safe, legal abortion.”

The Reproductive Health Act repeals outdated abortion laws that have been blocked by the courts and ensures that reproductive health care is treated like all other health care and not as a crime.

“The Reproductive Health Act protects Illinois women’s access to health care and sends a clear message that we believe reproductive health care should be treated like all other health care,” Bush said. “It’s time for the Illinois House to stand up for women and pass the Reproductive Health Act.”

The Reproductive Health Act:
• Repeals felony penalties imposed on doctors for offering abortion care and some contraceptives
• Removes out-of-step regulations on health care clinics that provide abortions with protocols that reflect modern medical standards
• Lifts disciplinary penalties adopted decades ago aimed solely at physicians who perform abortions
• Treats the cost of abortion like all other medical expenses
• Requires insurance companies (not multi-state plans) to provide coverage for abortions without cost-sharing requirements

House Bill 2495 is currently in the House Rules Committee.

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Senator Melinda Bush asks a question during a Senate committeeSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) advanced a measure yesterday to provide seniors additional protections from door-to-door home repair scams.

“We’ve seen cases where people have posed as city inspectors or police officers and used scare tactics to pressure seniors into making costly and unnecessary home repairs,” Bush said. “This bill will give seniors more time to cancel home repair contracts, making them less likely to fall victim to financial scams.”

Under the measure, anyone 65 years or older who purchases home repair or remodeling services from an uninvited solicitor may cancel the contract within 15 business days. Currently, the cancellation period is three days.

“Too often, seniors are targeted for financial scams, especially at times when they’re most vulnerable, like after a natural disaster,” Bush said. “This measure gives seniors more time to review contracts and consider whether costly home repair or remodeling services are necessary.”

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GRAYSLAKE – State lawmakers heard from local elected officials, educators and stakeholders on transportation and infrastructure needs in Lake County today during a Senate capital hearing.

The hearing, hosted by State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake), marked the seventh stop on the lawmakers’ statewide tour to hear about local infrastructure concerns and discuss a potential statewide construction plan.

“What we heard today was not a surprise to me,” Bush said. “When it comes to infrastructure, road congestion is the biggest problem in Lake County. We’ve seen a major population boom in Lake County, but our infrastructure hasn’t kept up with that growth.”

The Senate Subcommittee on Capital heard from five panels, including representatives from the County of Lake, local mayors, educators, transportation and business stakeholders.

Local leaders highlighted that Lake County’s infrastructure does not meet the needs of the growing population and the urgency of expanding Route 120.

“It’s time to invest in our infrastructure,” Bush said. “I’m proud that so many local leaders came out today and voiced their support for a capital bill. We all need to work together to fight for capital funding for Lake County.”

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