Senator Bush speaks on Senate floorSPRINGFIELD – A resolution introduced by Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) to designate the last week of October 2017 as Dyslexia Awareness Week in Illinois passed in the State Senate today.

“Dyslexia is one of the most common difficulties Illinois students face, but the general public really doesn’t know that much about it,” Bush said. “We need to do a better job of identifying dyslexia. Dyslexia Awareness Week will help fulfill this goal.”

Dyslexia affects 70 percent to 80 percent of people with reading difficulties and is more common than autism or attention deficit disorder. However, awareness and identification of the learning disability are still severely lacking in Illinois.

“With the help of early intervention, students with dyslexia can learn to read and write at grade level,” Bush said. “Unfortunately, parents and teachers often don’t know how to identify dyslexia and are unable to address a student’s reading difficulties. That’s why it’s so important to increase awareness about dyslexia.”

The passage of Senate Joint Resolution 16 is another step forward for those struggling with dyslexia.

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Voting boothsSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) issued the following statement today after an automatic voter registration measure unanimously passed the Illinois Senate:

“Not only does automatic voter registration remove a barrier to voting for eligible citizens, it is a common-sense way to modernize the registration process, reduce bureaucracy and duplication and save the state money,” Bush said. “I hope this good government reform receives the same bipartisan support in the House and from the governor as it did in the Senate.”

Senator Bush is a chief co-sponsor of Senate Bill 1933, which if enacted, will automatically register eligible Illinoisans when they interact with certain state agencies. If an individual does not want to be registered, they can opt-out. Currently, there are more than 2 million Illinoisans who are eligible to vote but aren’t registered.

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Senator Bush speaks on Senate floorSPRINGFIELD – Senator Melinda Bush’s (D-Grayslake) measure to increase transparency in pricing among service providers passed in the Illinois Senate today with strong bipartisan support.

Senate Bill 298 would require hair salons, barbers, dry cleaners and tailors to provide customers with a price list for services upon request, giving consumers the resources necessary to make educated choices when deciding which businesses to frequent.

“I was thrilled to see nearly all of my colleagues vote in support of this bill,” Bush said. “I hope members of the House show the same support and pass the measure.”

Dry cleaners, barbers and tailors have frequently been examined in studies on gender-based pricing and have been found to charge women more than men for the same services. Bush hopes the measure will make service providers take a second look at their prices and charge women more fairly.

“Women have been unfairly charged more than men for the same services for far too long,” Bush said. “Transparent pricing among service providers will help women know whether they are getting a fair deal for services.”

Last session, Senator Bush’s “pink tax” legislation repealed sales tax on feminine hygiene products. This latest push builds on Senator Bush’s work to remove economic barriers for Illinois women.


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Senator Bush testifies on SB 298SPRINGFIELD – A measure sponsored by Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) to increase transparency in pricing among service providers received the unanimous support of the Senate Commerce and Economic Development Committee.

The legislation would require hair salons, barbers, dry cleaners and tailors to provide customers with a price list for services upon request, giving consumers the resources necessary to make educated choices when deciding which businesses to frequent.

“Too often women are charged more than men for the same services, while at the same time being paid less for doing the same job. This is unacceptable,” Bush said. “Transparent pricing among service providers will help women know whether they are getting a fair deal for services.”

Dry cleaners, barbers and tailors have frequently been examined in studies on gender-based pricing and have been found to charge women more than men for the same services. Bush hopes the measure will make service providers take a second look at their prices and charge women more fairly.

Last session, Senator Bush’s “pink tax” legislation repealed sales tax on feminine hygiene products. This latest push builds on Senator Bush’s work to remove economic barriers for Illinois women.

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