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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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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