Senator Bush speaks on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD – Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s passage of a balanced budget:

“Illinois has been brought to the brink of collapse because of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s refusal to do his job. The past two years without a budget have devastated our schools, universities, human service and public health providers, not to mention the countless Illinoisans who have been directly affected by the chaos caused by this administration. Today, the Senate Democrats chose to restore stability and certainty to Illinois by passing a budget that includes the same level of spending as the governor’s proposed budget, but unlike the governor’s plan which had $5 billion in deficits, this budget is actually balanced. I’m proud to be among the group of senators who chose to put people before politics and end the state’s budget crisis. It’s now up to the House to move this bill forward so we can send a balanced budget to the governor’s desk.”

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Senator Bush speaks on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD – Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) issued the following statement in response to the Senate's attempt to vote on the Grand Bargain today:

“For months, Senate Republicans and the governor have said, ‘Just one more thing and the deal will be good. We just need a little more time.’ We’ve changed the Grand Bargain bills over 30 times to meet Republican demands. We tried compromising on non-budgetary reforms, but the Republicans and Governor Rauner have made it clear that no compromise will ever be good enough. They say they need a little more time, but we don’t have any more time. The end of session is just three weeks away. The people of Illinois can’t wait any longer. Passing a balanced budget must be our sole focus.”

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Senator Bush speaks on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD – Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s passage of House Bill 40:

“At a time when we’re seeing women’s access to health care being threatened at the federal level, I’m proud to have voted to ensure that all Illinois women have equal access to health care, and to ensure that should the Supreme Court overturn Roe v Wade, Illinois women will still have access to safe and legal abortions. I hope the governor fulfills his 2014 campaign promise and signs the bill to protect health care for all Illinois women.”

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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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