Lake County floods - photo credit Lake County, IL governmentGRAYSLAKE, IL – Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) and Representative Sam Yingling (D-Round Lake Beach) issued a joint statement in response to the governor’s visit to Lake County to tour flood sites:

“Lake County residents have been working to pick up the pieces after major flash floods hit the area. The governor has not declared a state of emergency for Lake County, so residents with devastating property damage and no flood insurance have been unable to get access to low-interest loans that help people rebuild.

“Today, the governor will be in Lake County touring flood sites. The devastation experienced by our constituents over the last few days needs to be seen to be understood. Clean up from this historic flooding is going to take all of us working together.

“With more flooding expected to occur this weekend, we urge Governor Rauner to do what Governor Walker has already done, declare a state of emergency and call in the National Guard to provide much-needed relief to flood victims. Lake County residents need this help immediately.”

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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 a balanced budget:

“Today, the Senate Democrats once again chose to restore stability and certainty to Illinois by passing a balanced budget that will prevent the closure of University Center of Lake County, restores funding to social service providers and ensures our schools open on time this fall.

“Governor Rauner’s two-and-a-half-year reign of destruction has brought Illinois to the brink of collapse. His refusal to sign a budget has led to seven credit downgrades for Illinois and a 220% increase in the state’s bill backlog, from $4.6 billion in unpaid bills when he took office to $14.7 billion today.

“I hope the governor chooses to put people before politics and sign the Senate’s balanced budget plan into law. The cost of inaction is too great. It’s time for him to do his job.”

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Road Construction AheadSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation will suspend all planned road and bridge construction projects if the state’s two-year budget impasse is not resolved by the end of the month, a situation that would create transit headaches and economic hardship for Lake County residents.

“Last month, the Illinois Senate passed a balanced budget that includes funding for Lake County road projects, but the governor has refused to support it and the House hasn’t called it for a vote,” said Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake). “Lake County has some of the worst traffic in the state. If the state’s budget crisis isn’t resolved by June 30th, all existing road construction projects will be stopped and Lake County traffic will get worse.”

Not only would an IDOT shutdown create traffic problems, it would have major impacts on state and local economies, Bush said.

Twenty-three thousand Illinoisans would lose their jobs if the state fails to fund its infrastructure projects, according to the Illinois Economic Policy Institute. The loss of jobs and economic activity would lead to a $115 million reduction in local and state tax revenues while the increased demand for unemployment insurance would cost taxpayers as much as $155 million.

“The state cannot afford a shutdown,” Bush said. “I urge my colleagues in the House to pass the Senate’s balanced budget plan, which would fully fund infrastructure projects, and I ask the governor to stop putting politics before people and support the Senate’s plan to end the budget crisis.”

Current and future Lake County infrastructure that would be affected include congestion mitigation for parts of I-83, I-120 and I-137, widening, resurfacing and maintenance of I-132, and bridge maintenance and safety improvements on Milwaukee Ave. and US-41. To see a full list of scheduled road construction projects in the 31st Senate District, click here.


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02152017CM0952 copySPRINGFIELD – Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) issued the following statement in response to Governor Rauner’s “unity” address:

“Three months ago, the Senate was just hours away from passing the bipartisan budget and reforms of the Grand Bargain when the governor came in and demanded that the Republicans back out of the deal. His actions effectively destroyed the months-long attempts at senate unity and prevented the two-year-long budget crisis from being resolved.

“Now, with just 11 days left in the fiscal year, the governor is calling for unity while running attack ads on Democratic legislators? It's absurd. The Senate Democrats already did the hard work of passing a balanced budget with the non-budgetary reforms the governor demanded and he still refuses to end the impasse.

“Governor Rauner has made it clear that he has no interest in unifying legislators and passing a balanced budget. If he did, he would be talking to leaders and legislators from both parties instead of giving phony speeches and spending millions of dollars on political ads attacking the very people he claims to want to unify.”


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