052313br0212RSPRINGFIELD - The Senate passed legislation out of its chamber yesterday that would make it a felony to post sexually explicit videos or photos of another person, without their consent, to an Internet site.

State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) is a co-sponsor of the initiative that aims to deter the recent phenomenon known as ‘revenge porn.’

“For any individual to threaten another person in this way and intentionally cause such harm and distress is horrible,” Senator Bush said.

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032113br0327rSPRINGFIELD - State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) passed a proposal out of the Senate State Government Committee yesterday that seeks to improve business retention in Illinois counties that border other states.

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

“We need to review our policies to ensure the best possible outcomes for businesses retention in border communities,” said Senator Bush.

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020414 js 0450rSPRINGFIELD – As the foreclosure crisis spread over the last few years, the unincorporated areas outside of cities and towns became home to more and more abandoned properties.  Businesses closed their doors and warehouses, storage facilities and industrial buildings were deserted.

This week, Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) began to move legislation that would give Lake County the ability to collect the cost of bulldozing or refurbishing an abandoned property when that property is eventually sold.

 “Cities and towns have always been awarded this right, but counties have not,” Senator Bush said.  “This plan simply gives counties the same ability to reclaim the funds that they’ve previously invested in keeping citizens safe from dilapidated properties.”

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Marriage equality w deskrCHICAGO - Today, in front of an audience of [nearly 25,000 supporters], the governor signed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, making Illinois the 16th state in the nation to award legal marriage status and corresponding federal marriage benefits to same-sex couples.

At a bill signing ceremony at the University of Chicago this afternoon, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake), a co-sponsor of the bill, reflected on the work that was done to ensure the successful passage of the landmark legislation.

“Illinois continues to stand for human rights and fairness in assuring all of its citizens have equal protection under the law,” said Senator Bush.  “Once again this state is on the right side of history.”

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