SPRINGFIELD – Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) joined members from the Illinois Women Moving Forward coalition today to talk about prohibiting businesses from charging women more money than men for the same services.

“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. “Preventing this unfair business practice will move Illinois another step forward in achieving economic equality for women.”

Bush seeks to make it illegal for hair salons, barbers, dry cleaners and tailors to discriminate, with respect to the price charged for services of similar kind, against a person because of their gender.

Last session, Senator Bush’s “pink tax” legislation repealed sales tax on feminine hygiene products.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.

Senator Bush is in the process of drafting this legislation, which she plans to file in the coming weeks.

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Bush007cSPRINGFIELD — State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State of the State address Wednesday:

“It’s time for Governor Rauner to be held accountable for the fact that his refusal to compromise on the budget has taken Illinois backwards these past two years,” Bush said. “Every day that the impasse continues, the backlog of bills grows and becomes even more of a burden to our citizens. The people of Illinois are tired of partisan bickering. The Senate is working hard on a bipartisan budget and reform package. It’s time for the governor to put politics aside and actually start trying to move Illinois forward. Governor Rauner needs to stop campaigning and start governing. ”

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State Senator Melinda Bush, D-GrayslakeSPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Melinda Bush filed legislation today that would continue an economic incentive program for businesses that invest jobs in Illinois.

Since 1999, the Economic Development for a Growing Economy program has issued tax breaks to businesses who bring jobs and investment to Illinois. Once accepted, a company can re-apply for the program annually. The program has offered $1.3 billion in tax credits to create 34,000 jobs in Illinois and retain 46,000 jobs since its creation. Gov. Bruce Rauner has not proposed an extension to the program, which sunsets Dec. 31.

“I represent an area that borders Wisconsin. It’s important for us to have these programs available in order to be competitive,” said Bush, D-Grayslake. “We all need to work together to make sure we’re retaining and attracting businesses.”

The legislation is scheduled to be considered as the 100th Illinois General Assembly convenes next year.

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Bush007cSPRINGFIELD — With the second installment of property taxes due for Lake County residents tomorrow, Senator Melinda Bush reminded constituents that there are additional ways to push for property tax relief in Lake County.
 
“You do not have to accept your property tax bill as-is,” said Bush, D-Grayslake. “If you believe your assessment is wrong, you can and should challenge it. You can even receive help with the process by attending workshops in the area.”
 
Lake County residents can challenge their property tax assessments by contacting the Chief County Assessment Office at (847) 377-2050. Residents can also visit taxpayer advocates in the Assessment Office at 18 N. County St. in Waukegan from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., or filing an online appeal at https://www.lakecountyil.gov/551/Online-Appeal-Filing.
 
Residents can also attend the following seminars at the University of Lake County hosted by taxpayer advocates on the following dates.
 
University Center of Lake County
1200 University Center Drive, Grayslake
 
Wednesday, Sept. 7
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 10
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 14
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 21
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
 
“While constituents are fighting their property tax assessments, I’m challenging the status quo to reduce the property tax burden,” Bush said. “I passed historic legislation to consolidate government in Lake County, and voted for and sponsored a bill to freeze property taxes. These are reforms we need to enact now.”

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