Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart (D-13th District - Lake Bluff) is announcing her support for state legislation proposed by State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) that would allow for the Lake County Board to remove its own chair.

"I'm pleased to be working with Chair Hart on this good government measure and I look forward to getting this measure passed in Springfield," Bush said. "County board members should be able to hold appointed board chairs accountable if they fail to meet ethical standards or fail to fulfill their responsibilities. That's just common sense."

"We have been through a lot of challenges recently," Hart said. "This board has the responsibility of choosing our own chair and I think it's wholly appropriate that we ask the legislature to change the laws that would allow us to remove an appointed chair if the circumstances ever require it again."

"Chairwoman Hart's proposal will bring much needed accountability to counties throughout the state. We must have confidence that officials responsible for managing taxpayer funds carry out their duties with the utmost integrity, and this initiative is an important step toward realizing that goal," said State Representative Daniel Didech (D-Buffalo Grove).

Last year, Lake County Board members were unable to remove the former chairman from his post after it was revealed that he had used taxpayer dollars for personal expenses. The proposal was added to Lake County's 2019 legislative agenda after receiving bipartisan support of the Lake County Board at its January meeting. Senate Bill 1218 would allow the board to remove a chair from the leadership post, but could not impact that board member's position as an elected board member.

"It's unprecedented that a political leader asks her peers to change the rules so that they could actually take away her position. This is a selfless and appropriate act of leadership by Chairwoman Hart," said board member Adam Didech (D-Buffalo Grove).

The Lake County Board selects its chair from one of the 21 board members elected from districts across the county. Hart became the first Democratic woman to ever hold the post after Democrats gained control of the board for the first time ever in November.


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property tax billSPRINGFIELD – Homeowners and small businesses across Lake County will see decreases in their property tax bills under a new state grant program that seeks to provide relief to school districts in high-taxed areas.

The Property Tax Relief Grant was included in the historic school funding reform law that has already provided millions of dollars in new state funds to school districts that need it the most. In the first year alone, schools in the 31st Senate District received $8.5 million in additional state funding.

“For years, Lake County has had to rely heavily on property taxes to ensure our children have access to the best education possible,” State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) said. “As promised, the new school funding law is changing the way we fund our schools by increasing state support and relieving some of the local tax burden.”

Several local school districts will be eligible for the tax relief grant, including:
     - Zion-Benton Township High School District 126: $1,793,018.36
     - Grayslake Community High School District 127: $2,733,574.72
     - Zion Elementary School District 6: $1,095,379.59
     - Antioch Community High School District 117: $2,890,111.07

In order to receive the state grant, eligible school districts must submit an abatement resolution to their county clerks by March 30. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will then distribute the grants once receiving all abatement certificates.

More information on the Property Tax Relief Grant and a listing of each eligible school district can be found at


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Senator Melinda Bush speaks at a committee hearingSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) is demanding answers about the deadly impact of ethylene oxide emissions from two Lake County plants. Victims and experts spoke about potential effects of ethylene oxide being emitted from Chicago-area plants during the Senate Environment and Conservation committee hearing today.

“Public safety has to be the top priority,” Bush said. “Today’s hearing made it clear that business interests are being prioritized over the health and safety of Illinoisans. And that’s not acceptable.”

The hearing came after the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry released a report showing that the areas around Sterigenics in DuPage County and Medline in Lake County have increased rates of cancer due to ethylene oxide emissions.

“Ethylene oxide might be the cheapest option for businesses sterilizing medical equipment, but it’s the most costly for Illinoisans’ health,” Bush said. “Air permits for companies emitting these cancer-causing toxins need to be reviewed immediately and substitute sterilization methods need to be considered.”

The United States Environmental Protection Agency recently changed its assessment of ethylene oxide from “probably carcinogenic to humans” to “carcinogenic to humans,” concluding that the cancer risk of inhaling the gas is 30 times higher than normal.


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05302018CM0043RSPRINGFIELD – Three proposals passed by State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) aimed at addressing Illinois’ growing opioid crisis were signed into law this week.

The first, House Bill 4707, will create a Prescription Drug Task Force to study the extent of over-prescription of opioids to patients.

"Opioid overdoses are a massive epidemic in Illinois, and over the past few years the situation has only continued to worsen," Bush said. “The opioid epidemic is a serious and complicated issue, but I remain hopeful that the task force can uncover effective, long-lasting solutions to this crisis.”

The task force will consist of state lawmakers, health care professionals, members of law enforcement and parents who have lost children from drug overdoses. In addition to studying the over-prescribing of opioids, the task force will make recommendations to the General Assembly on actions that can be taken at the state level.

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