Senator Melinda Bush asks a question during a Senate committeeSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) advanced a measure yesterday to provide seniors additional protections from door-to-door home repair scams.

“We’ve seen cases where people have posed as city inspectors or police officers and used scare tactics to pressure seniors into making costly and unnecessary home repairs,” Bush said. “This bill will give seniors more time to cancel home repair contracts, making them less likely to fall victim to financial scams.”

Under the measure, anyone 65 years or older who purchases home repair or remodeling services from an uninvited solicitor may cancel the contract within 15 business days. Currently, the cancellation period is three days.

“Too often, seniors are targeted for financial scams, especially at times when they’re most vulnerable, like after a natural disaster,” Bush said. “This measure gives seniors more time to review contracts and consider whether costly home repair or remodeling services are necessary.”

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GRAYSLAKE – State lawmakers heard from local elected officials, educators and stakeholders on transportation and infrastructure needs in Lake County today during a Senate capital hearing.

The hearing, hosted by State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake), marked the seventh stop on the lawmakers’ statewide tour to hear about local infrastructure concerns and discuss a potential statewide construction plan.

“What we heard today was not a surprise to me,” Bush said. “When it comes to infrastructure, road congestion is the biggest problem in Lake County. We’ve seen a major population boom in Lake County, but our infrastructure hasn’t kept up with that growth.”

The Senate Subcommittee on Capital heard from five panels, including representatives from the County of Lake, local mayors, educators, transportation and business stakeholders.

Local leaders highlighted that Lake County’s infrastructure does not meet the needs of the growing population and the urgency of expanding Route 120.

“It’s time to invest in our infrastructure,” Bush said. “I’m proud that so many local leaders came out today and voiced their support for a capital bill. We all need to work together to fight for capital funding for Lake County.”

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Sen. Melinda Bush

SPRINGFIELD – A measure from State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) that provides greater protections for private sector workers who experience sexual harassment and discrimination passed out of the Senate without opposition this afternoon.

“Right now, Illinois workers who are harassed or discriminated against don’t have the protections they need to seek justice and hold perpetrators accountable.” Bush said. “This bill strengthens workers’ rights and includes reasonable requirements for employers that will create safer workplaces.”

The measure was drafted based on recommendations that were made last year during the Senate sexual harassment task force hearings.

“The Illinois Chamber participated in an open and thoughtful process on SB 1829, and we provided language we believe will help make a better workplace environment for employers and employees in Illinois,” said Jay Shattuck, executive director of the Employment Law Council at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber will continue to work with the task force senators and other stakeholders to help make a safe, more dependable and productive work environment throughout Illinois.”

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senators Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) and Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) introduced a bill that would require greater regional representation on the Illinois Tollway Board. The move came after Gov. Pritzker appointed six directors from Cook County and three from collar counties.

“We have a law that says no more than five members of the tollway board may be from the same political party,” Bush said. “There should be a law that ensures geographic diversity on the board as well. Lake County is one of the largest financial contributors to the tollway. I think it's fair to demand a local voice for Lake County residents on the tollway board.”

The Toll Highway includes 294-miles in five tollways that run through 12 counties: Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will, Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Kane, DeKalb, Ogle, Whiteside and Lee.

“Residents of counties serviced by the tollway ought to have someone on the board representing their interests,” Stadelman said. “This bill guarantees that those very residents get that representation and aren’t forgotten about.”

Senate Bill 794 would require the governor to immediately appoint one member from Lake County and one member from either Winnebago, Boone or McHenry County.

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