Senator Melinda Bush speaks to a reporterSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate passed a number of measures to address the issue of sexual harassment in the capital, including a resolution from Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) to create the Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention.

“While the legislation passed today to address the issue of sexual harassment at the Capitol is a step in the right direction, it's important that we take a long-term approach to change the culture and eliminate sexual harassment,” Bush said. “The Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention will allow a diverse group of individuals to take a deeper look the problem and come up with meaningful reforms to really make a difference going forward.”

The task force will be made up of members of the Senate and individuals from statewide associations representing women or working to advance civil rights. The task force will conduct a comprehensive review of the legal and social consequences of sexual harassment and discrimination, and will make recommendations on how to combat them in Illinois.

“The creation of this task force will ensure that the votes taken today are just the beginning of the conversation, and that we aren't just checking off boxes to say we took action on the issue,” Bush said.

The task force will hold its first meeting no later than December 15, 2017.

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Senator Melinda Bush speaks on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD – Lake County residents whose property was damaged during July’s floods could receive an income tax credit of up to $750 under a measure introduced today by Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake).

“The flooding that occurred this summer cost Lake County residents thousands of dollars,” Bush said. “While some individuals have received insurance reimbursements, many are still waiting on the money they need to rebuild. This tax credit would provide much-needed relief to flood victims who have lost so much.”

Senate Bill 403 allows a natural disaster income tax credit of up to $750 in counties where a state disaster proclamation was issued in July. Individuals must own property and must have reported property damage to the appropriate authority in order to qualify for the tax credit.

Individuals who received a reimbursement from an insurance company are not entitled to the tax credit.

The measure applies to the following counties: Lake, McHenry, Kane, Cook, Carroll, Henry, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Rock Island, Stephenson and Whiteside.

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NaloxoneSPRINGFIELD – Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) issued the following statement in response to the release of the Illinois Naloxone Standing Order:

“Naloxone, or Narcan, is a lifesaving drug that is able to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses, which have been occurring at an alarming rate in Illinois,” Bush said. “In 2015, I championed legislation to make Narcan more accessible and affordable for law enforcement agencies. Since taking effect, Narcan has been used by officers to save lives of Illinoisans across the state. I am pleased that the governor issued an order that will make it even easier for first responders and law enforcement officers to administer Narcan and save lives.”

Under current law, a prescription is needed to dispense naloxone. The Standing Order issued yesterday acts as a prescription and allows pharmacists, pharmacies and opioid overdose education and naloxone distribution programs like law enforcement agencies, health departments and community-based organizations to acquire and distribute naloxone.

Over the past few decades, opioid addiction has become a major problem throughout the state of Illinois. As of last year, Illinoisans were dying of heroin overdoses at twice the rate they were in 1999. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2014 to 2015 the opioid-related death rate in Illinois increased 120 percent.

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Senator Melinda BushSPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ most important economic development tool has been reinstated, thanks to a measure from Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake).

House Bill 162 reinstates the Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) tax credit program, allowing the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to offer incentives to businesses that create new full-time jobs, retain existing jobs and make capital investments in Illinois.

“It's important for us to have every tool available to attract and retain businesses in Illinois and ensure we can offer incentives that allow us to compete with neighboring states,” Bush said. “I represent an area that borders Wisconsin. The EDGE program is essential in helping border communities like mine stay competitive.”

The bill requires the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to recapture the economic development funds if the recipient does not fulfill its end of the bargain. That money would then be disbursed to the local workforce investment area.

House Bill 162 was signed into law today. It extends the EDGE credit program through June 30, 2022.


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