GRAYSLAKE – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) released the following statement in response to the United States House resolution condemning the Chinese government’s handling of the novel coronavirus response:

“There is no doubt the Chinese government’s initial downplaying of the novel coronavirus exacerbated its spread. But this resolution puts Americans in danger. The virus doesn’t have a zip code or borders and pinning the blame on a specific country or geographical location only spreads animosity and hatred. The attacks on Asian Americans in recent weeks related to COVID-19 are unpatriotic and un-American. This is not who we are. 

“Even as feelings of fear and anxiety run high, we need to pull together as a country and show the world the best of who we are. I condemn all anti-Asian American hate crimes and I urge my colleagues and fellow Americans to stand with me in support of the Asian American community here in Illinois, around the county, and the world.” 

House Resolution 907 can be read on congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/907?s=4&r=1. 

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GRAYSLAKE – In light of the current situation, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) is asking people to donate food to local food pantries to help address increased need.

“With schools and businesses across the state closed, people have lost jobs or seen their incomes reduced. Some are now struggling to put food on the table,” Bush said. “Food pantries are struggling to keep up with higher demand and have no idea how long this will last, so it’s important that we help each other out during this troubling time.”

Bush is urging people who are able to donate to local food pantries in northern Lake County. 

The following food pantries are accepting donations: 

Wauconda Food Pantry
505 W Bonner Rd. Wauconda, IL 60084
Drop off is from 4-6 p.m., Thursdays or call (224) 430-4338 to schedule drop off.
Items needed: nonperishable unopened food, canned food, toiletries, etc.

Warren Township Food Pantry
17801 W Washington St., Gurnee, IL 60031
Call (847) 244-1101 ext. 101 or visit https://www.warrentownship.net/services/food-pantry/
Donation/ Assistance available 1-3 p.m. Friday, March 20 and 27.
Items needed: canned veggies, laundry detergent, boxed mashed potatoes.

Avon Community Food Pantry
433 E Washington St. Round Lake Park, IL 60073
Call (847) 546-1476
10 people at a time will be served, all others will be asked to wait in their cars.
Donations to the donation box located outside township office door or call number provided.
Items needed: unopened nonperishable food, disinfectant spray, toilet paper, sanitary napkins, hand sanitizer, diapers, bleach, pine cleaner, bread, toothpaste, mouth wash.

Open Arms Mission
1548 Main St., Antioch, IL 60002
Call (847) 395-0309
For Donations open Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Pull up to warehouse door with donations. Cash donations are accepted online at https://www.openarmsmission.org
For assistance Tuesday through Thursday, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., drive through to pick up food.
Items needed: Bar soap, toilet paper, and cash donations.

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Senator Melinda BushSPRINGFIELD – Frustrated by the lack of women in government and politics, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) passed a measure out of the Senate allowing political campaign funds to be used for child-care expenses.

“Highly qualified and experienced women and other young parents are being locked out of politics because of the cost of child care,” Bush said. “This legislation will allow talented people to run for office, work in politics, and volunteer their time without worrying about finding affordable child care.”

Senate Bill 33 would allow campaign funds to cover child-care expenses incurred by candidates, officeholders, campaign staff, and volunteers, as long as it is necessary for the fulfillment of political or governmental purposes.

“It’s high time for women to be proportionally represented in government,” Bush said. “Though the situation is slowly changing, women are still the primary providers of child care, so the cost of babysitters and daycare is a huge barrier to getting more women involved.”

Senate Bill 33 recently passed in the Illinois Senate and has moved to the House for consideration.

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) released the following statement in response to President Trump commuting ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s sentence:

“I’m deeply disappointed by President Trump’s move to commute the sentence of Rod Blagojevich. Illinois’ troubling history of corruption is no secret, and Mr. Blagojevich’s attempt to sell a U.S. Senate seat is the epitome of corruption. The president’s own Republican advisors have warned him that Mr. Blagojevich is guilty of corruption, which the president vowed to fight once in office. His actions today are simply incomprehensible. Illinois has a long way to go to clean up its act, and we can start by passing my new package of ethics reform legislation.”

The package of legislation contains three bills: Senate Bills 2488, 1426, and 74. Each targets a different loophole in the ethics code and would give more investigative power to the Legislative Inspector General.

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