Senator Bush speaks on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD – As the 2018 tax filing season officially begins, Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) is reminding Lake County residents whose property was damaged during last year’s floods that they may qualify for her $750 Natural Disaster Income Tax Credit.

“With tax season officially underway, it’s important that local residents know about the Natural Disaster Income Tax Credit and are able to take full advantage of it,” Bush said. “Last year’s flooding cost Lake County residents thousands of dollars in damage. Representative Yingling and I created the Natural Disaster Income Tax Credit to provide relief to those who were financially impacted by the floods.”

To claim the Natural Disaster Income Tax Credit, individuals must submit a completed IRS Form 4684 and provide proof of loss documentation to their local township assessor’s office.

The required forms can be found here. Individuals with questions about the tax credit should call her district office at 847-548-5631.

 

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Senator Bush speaks on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD – The Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention held its first meeting yesterday in Chicago. The task force was created by Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake), who also serves as a co-chair.

“For far too long, victims of sexual harassment and discrimination have been ignored and intimidated by a system that has allowed perpetrators to go unchecked,” Bush said. “This task force intends to rectify that.”

The task force was created in response to the recent wave of harassment allegations in Illinois and throughout the country. The group will conduct a comprehensive review of the legal and social consequences of sexual harassment and discrimination, and will make recommendations on how to combat them in Illinois.

“There is a reckoning taking place across the country,” Bush said. “It has become clear that the current process has failed victims. We need to make changes to provide a timely and fair process that ensures claims are investigated and justice is served.”

The first meeting included presentations from experts on the current protocol for reporting sexual discrimination and harassment and the options victims have for seeking justice. The task force will meet monthly during the next year and will submit recommendations to the General Assembly by December 31, 2018.

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Senator Bush speaks on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD – A measure from Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) to reduce opioid abuse and “doctor shopping” was signed into law today.

Senate Bill 772 requires prescribers of controlled substances to check the Prescription Monitoring Program database to see if a patient has been prescribed a controlled substance by another doctor prior to writing an initial prescription. This would make it harder for individuals to obtain prescriptions from multiple doctors, a practice known as doctor shopping.

“As elected officials, we should be doing everything we can to prevent addiction and reduce opioid abuse,” Bush said. “Requiring doctors to check a patient’s prescription history before prescribing opioids is a simple way to ensure doctors aren’t overprescribing and patients aren’t doctor shopping.”

In 2015, Bush sponsored the legislation that required pharmacies to file daily reports of all controlled substances they dispense. Until now, however, prescribers of controlled substances were not required to check the Prescription Monitoring Program database before writing prescriptions. Studies show that as few as 14 percent of physicians always check the database before prescribing controlled substances.

“This common-sense change has the potential to prevent overdoses, save thousands of lives and advance the shared goal of ending the opioid epidemic,” Bush said. “I look forward to continuing to pass measures that will prevent addiction and help those currently affected by the opioid crisis.”

The law takes effect Jan. 1.

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W.J. Murphy Elementary School in Round Lake Park after July's floodsGRAYSLAKE, IL – Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) and Representative Sam Yingling (D-Grayslake) issued a joint statement in response to the signing of their legislation to provide tax relief for Lake County flood victims:

“The flooding that occurred this summer caused thousands of dollars in property damage to Lake County homes and businesses,” Bush said. “This tax credit will provide relief to flood victims who are still trying to pick up the pieces and rebuild their homes and businesses. Rep. Yingling and I have been fighting to provide financial relief to those impacted by the floods. I am pleased that the governor is supporting our efforts in Lake County.”

"The burden of high property taxes has continued to unfairly impact my constituents, and I will continue to fight for relief in Springfield,” said Yingling. “The Flood Victim Tax Credit provides immediate relief this tax year for families and small businesses who are rebuilding their lives and their livelihoods following the historic summer flooding."

Senate Bill 403 allows a natural disaster income tax credit of up to $750 in counties where a state disaster proclamation was issued in July. Individuals must own property and must have reported property damage to the appropriate authority in order to qualify for the tax credit.

Individuals who received a Natural Disaster Homestead Exemption under the Property Tax Code are not eligible for this tax credit.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the state’s request for assistance last week, saying that the damage was not severe enough to be beyond the capabilities of the state.

The governor signed Bush and Yingling’s Flood Victim Tax Credit measure today in Chicago.

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