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

“The problem this past year has not been with the governor’s initiatives, but with his actions,” Bush said. “After a year that pulled the rug out from under seniors, children and the needy, I hope his call for cooperation is real. It is time for Illinois to move past partisan bickering.”

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052815CM0924SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a plan by State Sen. Melinda Bush to ensure news of possible tax changes is more readily accessible to the public.

“I want to express my gratitude to Gov. Rauner for joining with the General Assembly in affirming this unopposed, common sense plan,” Sen. Bush said. “By posting notices online in addition to print advertising, we disseminate information about important tax hearings more quickly, and give constituents the most opportunity to register support or opposition to a proposal.”

Current truth in taxation laws require taxing bodies to post notices in newspapers that compare existing property tax levies to their proposed levies. The new law adds a requirement to taxing districts with websites to post such notices on their webpages.

The new requirements add no additional cost to taxpayers and enable easier sharing of proposals via new media like Twitter and Facebook.

The legislation was Senate Bill 792. It will become effective Jan. 1, 2016.

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Senator Bush speaks with neighbors as they survey storm damageGRAYSLAKE — State Senator Melinda Bush issued the following statement after a severe storm damaged structures Sunday night throughout the Round Lake area, Hainesville, Grayslake, Wildwood and Gurnee, including her home:

“Elected officials and agencies throughout Lake County are working together on storm damage assessments and power restoration for thousands of Lake County residents,” said Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake). “Across the county, neighbors are helping neighbors, cleaning up trees and debris. We’re seeing a spirit of cooperation that will help piece together some of what was lost in this storm.”

Lake County EMA Coordinator Kent McKenzie said damage assessment continues with other organizations to quickly address residents’ needs.

“We're coordinating with the municipalities and townships that were affected, we're conducting that damage assessment to see what the needs are, and we're working to get ComEd accurate information so they can quickly restore power to those without it, and we're also in touch with human services like the Red Cross to assist those without insurance or other means to get their property repaired,” McKenzie said Monday morning.

Senator Bush encourages anyone who is having trouble getting the storm assistance they need to contact her District Office at (847) 548-5631, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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042115CM1024SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner signed three measures into law today that State Sen. Melinda Bush chief-co-sponsored.

House Bill 2556

Bush, D-Grayslake, served as chief co-sponsor of House Bill 2556 in the Illinois Senate. The new law requires certain businesses in Illinois to post information about the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Concerned citizens can call the center’s 24-hour hotline to report suspected cases of human trafficking.

“We think of human trafficking as something happening far away, but it’s not,” Bush said. “By requiring this information to be posted in places like transit hubs, hospitals and certain businesses, we’re reminding the public that this heinous act happens in our backyard and that we can do our part to fight it.”

House Bill 2554

House Bill 2554 helps property taxpayers who seek to appeal an assessment by making it easier to meet filing deadlines. Under the new law, a challenge will be considered to be filed on time if it is postmarked by the deadline. Under the current law, a challenge misses the deadline if it arrives in the mail after the date in question. Bush was chief co-sponsor of the measure in the Senate.

“This makes the property tax assessment challenge process much more fair to taxpayers,” Bush said. “With this change, we are guaranteeing constituents that if they mail their challenge on time, there is no question they have met the deadline to appeal their property taxes.”

Senate Bill 1312

Senate Bill 1312 requires the Illinois Commerce Commission to provide information about Illinois solar energy usage and barriers to solar energy growth in its annual report.

“We need to focus on renewable energy as we plan the future of Illinois,” Bush said. “By requiring this report, we can get a clear view of what is being done and what needs to be done to more widely adopt a sustainable source of energy.”

The new laws take effect Jan. 1.

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