Senator Melinda BushGRAYSLAKE — Spurred by a law passed by State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake), the Illinois Department of Human Rights recently released a new model sexual harassment prevention training program that can be used by businesses throughout the state.

Bush believes sexual harassment training remains important during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“During this pandemic, we still have many essential workers who are required to go to work every day. Unfortunately, sexual harassment didn’t stop with the Stay at Home Order,” Bush said. “This new model will help businesses in Illinois teach their workers that sexual harassment – or harassment of any kind – will not be tolerated.” 

Gov. Pritzker signed Bush’s Workplace Transparency Act in August 2019. The law, which Bush introduced after hearing from victims, advocates and members of the business community, requires all Illinois employers to train workers on sexual harassment prevention by December 31, 2020, and on an annual basis thereafter. 

Employers must either use the new IDHR model training or develop their own sexual harassment prevention training that equals or exceeds the minimum standards for sexual harassment training outlined in the Illinois Human Rights Act.

“I introduced this law because too many women and men face sexual harassment at work,” Bush said. “We need to change the culture – both in government and at private businesses – and proper training is an important part of that change.”

To learn more about the new IDHR sexual harassment training model or for more information, please visit IDHR’s Training Institute website at

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GRAYSLAKE — In an effort to help people struggling to pay their student loans during the unprecedented economic challenges facing the state and country, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) highlighted relief options that could benefit nearly 140,000 Illinoisans. 

“If you are struggling with student loan debt, please contact your loan providers immediately to discuss a repayment plan that incorporates expanded relief options during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Bush. “Illinoisans should not have to worry about how they will repay their student loans during a national crisis.”

Under the initiative, spearheaded by Gov. JB Pritzker and Secretary Deborah Hagan of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, people with commercially-owned Federal Family Education Program Loans or privately held student loans who are having a hard time making their payments due to COVID-19 will be eligible for expanded relief. 

Borrowers who need assistance are asked to immediately contact their student loan provider to set up a plan. 

Relief options are based on a person’s individual needs and include:

  • Providing a minimum of 90 days of forbearance,
  • Waiving late payment fees,
  • Ensuring that no borrower is subject to negative credit reporting,
  • Ceasing debt collection lawsuits for 90 days,
  • Working with borrower to enroll them in other borrower assistance programs, such as income-based repayment.

If a person is having problems contacting their student loan servicer, they can contact the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Division of Banking at 217-785-2900 or the attorney general’s student loan helpline at 1-800-455-2456. If Illinois residents have difficulty contacting state agencies at those numbers, they are encouraged to reach out to their state senator’s office. 

Senator Bush’s District Office is serving constituents remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, so please call (847) 548-5631 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance.

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Senator Melinda BushGRAYSLAKE — The Community Partners for Affordable Housing in Lake County was awarded nearly $500,000 to help area homeowners with repairs, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) announced Friday.

“A sudden need for a home repair can be stressful for anyone," said Bush. "It's even more stressful at a time when money is limited. Some people are already worried about feeding their families. They shouldn't have to worry about fixing the leaking roof over their head, too.”

The Illinois Housing Development Authority Board of Directors awarded the Lake County organization $482,000 to help low- and very low-income homeowners with necessary home repairs. The group awarded $11,000,000 statewide through the state’s Single Family Rehabilitation Program. The lump sum is projected to help at least 326 families. 

The Single Family Rehabilitation Program provides forgivable loans of up to $45,000 per household to assist with necessary repairs to remove documented health and safety hazards. Eligible repairs include roofing, flooring and plumbing, among others. 

A roof-only option is also available for people who do not need other repairs. Those recipients are offered up to $16,500 to mitigate against future roof damage. 

“The money awarded to Lake County will change the lives of some people who are stressed about paying for housing repairs, especially at a time where more people are finding themselves on fixed incomes,” Bush said.

Households can apply for grants by contacting Community Partners for Affordable Housing at (847) 263-7478. The group will walk families in need through the application process and explain eligibility. 

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Senator Melinda BushGRAYSLAKE – While the country deals with the coronavirus pandemic and urges all non-essential workers to remain home, staying home puts survivors of domestic and sexual violence in increased danger. State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) applauded the Pritzker administration’s expansion of programs to support these survivors.

“The best protection we currently have against COVID-19 is to stay home, if we can, and practice social distancing,” Bush said. “But for survivors of domestic or sexual abuse, that’s not always safe.” 

The Illinois Department of Human Services recently launched a $1.2 million plan to support its statewide network of services for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. IDHS is working with the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence to establish an emergency fund to support local providers with needs related to COVID-19. IDHS will also provide a grant advance to enhance the capacity of local rape crisis centers.

“The Stay at Home Order is meant to keep Illinoisans safe, but if you are experiencing or live in fear of domestic violence, please call the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline for help,” Bush said. “Even during a global pandemic, we have a responsibility for the health, safety, and access to vital services for survivors.”

The new initiatives expand the role of the Domestic Violence Helpline by creating a one-stop access point. Survivors can call the Helpline at 1-877-TO END DV (1-877-863-6338 or 1-877-863-6339) and be connected to shelters through existing Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention (DVPI) shelter services or through available hotels and motels. 

Survivors of sexual assault and abuse can identify their local rape crisis center at the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s website:

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