GRAYSLAKE – In light of the current situation, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) is asking people to donate food to local food pantries to help address increased need.

“With schools and businesses across the state closed, people have lost jobs or seen their incomes reduced. Some are now struggling to put food on the table,” Bush said. “Food pantries are struggling to keep up with higher demand and have no idea how long this will last, so it’s important that we help each other out during this troubling time.”

Bush is urging people who are able to donate to local food pantries in northern Lake County. 

The following food pantries are accepting donations: 

Wauconda Food Pantry
505 W Bonner Rd. Wauconda, IL 60084
Drop off is from 4-6 p.m., Thursdays or call (224) 430-4338 to schedule drop off.
Items needed: nonperishable unopened food, canned food, toiletries, etc.

Warren Township Food Pantry
17801 W Washington St., Gurnee, IL 60031
Call (847) 244-1101 ext. 101 or visit https://www.warrentownship.net/services/food-pantry/
Donation/ Assistance available 1-3 p.m. Friday, March 20 and 27.
Items needed: canned veggies, laundry detergent, boxed mashed potatoes.

Avon Community Food Pantry
433 E Washington St. Round Lake Park, IL 60073
Call (847) 546-1476
10 people at a time will be served, all others will be asked to wait in their cars.
Donations to the donation box located outside township office door or call number provided.
Items needed: unopened nonperishable food, disinfectant spray, toilet paper, sanitary napkins, hand sanitizer, diapers, bleach, pine cleaner, bread, toothpaste, mouth wash.

Open Arms Mission
1548 Main St., Antioch, IL 60002
Call (847) 395-0309
For Donations open Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Pull up to warehouse door with donations. Cash donations are accepted online at https://www.openarmsmission.org
For assistance Tuesday through Thursday, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., drive through to pick up food.
Items needed: Bar soap, toilet paper, and cash donations.

Category: Press Releases

I want to thank the residents of Lake County, and frankly all Illinoisans, for your strength, courage, and resolve throughout this coronavirus pandemic. We are living through an unprecedented and complex situation, but your actions make me confident we will get through this together and will come out stronger than ever. 

The next couple of weeks and months ahead won't be easy. As the coronavirus continues to make its way across our country, I am committed to providing timely and accurate information to the residents of the 31st District and I will be providing new up-to-date information as often as I can.

Below is a a list of updates from the Governor, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control to keep you informed during these troubled times. 

STARTING SATURDAY, MARCH 21ST AT 5:00 PM, ILLINOIS RESIDENTS WILL BE SUBJECT TO A STAY AT HOME ORDER

  • The order extends through April 7th
  • Read the Executive Order HERE
  • The order is designed to further implement social distancing measures, which are the best tools Illinoisans have to combat the spread of COVID-19

  • You can still do things like go to the grocery store, pharmacy, medical office or gas station, and go outside for exercise while practicing social distancing. This order is designed to limit non-essential activities. Read the Executive Order for details

  • This is NOT a lockdown, or martial law. Do NOT run to grocery stores if you don’t need supplies – the Illinois supply chain to businesses is, and will continue to be, functioning

  • Roads, bridges, airports and public transportation will still be open

  • Non-essential businesses must stop operating. See the Executive Order for details

STATE OF ILLINOIS NEW COVID-19 WEBSITE

  • The State of Illinois has created a website to centralize information about COVID-19’s spread in Illinois and what programs / services are available for affected residents and businessowners. Please visit www2.illinois.gov/sites/coronavirus for all information relating to the virus.

STATE OF ILLINOIS COVID-19 HOTLINE NUMBER

  • If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 in Illinois, please call the hotline number: (800) 889-3931

GROCERY STORES WILL DEDICATE SPECIFIC HOURS FOR SENIORS ONLY

  • Governor Pritzker, the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and store owners across the state convened a workgroup to further positive health outcomes for Illinoisans. Grocery store owners across the state will be offering dedicated hours for seniors only, to shop for their goods without other shoppers present. This dedicated period will also feature heightened social distancing measures.
  • Contact your local store to get more information about what their individual hours are.

UPDATE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND RESTAURANTS

  • Over 20,000 small and medium-sized bars and restaurants will be allowed a 2-month delay in sales tax payments to the State and local jurisdictions, as well as waiving late filing fees and interest payments starting Friday, March 20th.
  • As of Friday, March 20th, Illinois small businesses in every county are eligible to apply for low-interest Coronavirus disaster assistance loans. If you want to apply, go to https://disasterloan.sba.gov

HEALTHCARE UPDATE

  • The State of Illinois’ emergency notification tool, SIREN, will be used to share updated healthcare information directly to doctors. The State of Illinois is asking doctors to sign up for SIREN immediately, either by emailing their contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visiting www.SIREN.illinois.gov
  • The Governor signed an Executive Order significantly expanding telemedicine for both Medicaid patients and those insured by private companies.

ALL RESTAURANTS AND BARS WILL BE CLOSED TO DINE IN GUESTS THROUGH MARCH 31st

  • Curbside pickup, drive-through, take-out and delivery are all being permitted. Contact restaurants directly or work through your major delivery service provider.
  • Price-gouging in delivery fees and in general will not be tolerated. Constituents should report all incidents of price gouging to www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov.

ALL ILLINOIS K-12 SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED THROUGH MARCH 31st

  • Meals will continue to be distributed to children who qualify for free and reduced lunch via delivery or pickup options depending on the school district.
  • Check with your local school district for expanded meal options for all students.

ALL ILLINOIS DMV's / DRIVER'S LICENSE FACILITIES WILL CLOSE UNTIL MARCH 31st

  • Expiration dates for licenses and vehicle registration will be extended for 30 days.

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE IS BEING EXPANDED

  • Unemployment Insurance is being expanded to cover those without access to paid sick leave or who aren’t able to work due to COVID-19. Please visit www2.illinois.gov/ides for more information.
  • Most utility companies have agreed to a moratorium on service shutoffs for those who can’t afford to pay their bills during this period.

GATHERINGS OF 50 PEOPLE OR MORE ARE CANCELED PER CDC GUIDELINES THROUGH MARCH 31st

  • Public health officials across the country recommend residents stay home if they can continue to do so and practice social distancing.
  • Essential services like grocery stores, gas stations, etc. will be open during this time.

Please take every opportunity to demonstrate your gratitude to those who continue to provide essential services, like healthcare workers, first responders, law enforcement officers and grocery store employees.

Category: In The News

0GRAYSLAKE - The Illinois General Assembly recently announced the cancellation of its session next week to help slow the potential spread of the novel coronavirus. In order to protect the public health and reduce risk in local communities, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) announced the temporary closure of her Grayslake office and will be remotely serving constituents starting on Monday, March 16th. Her office will continue to provide vital state services and will be re-evaluating risk levels weekly and will resume in-person operations as soon as possible.

"Above all, I urge you not to panic," Bush said. "The State of Illinois is prepared to handle the developing situation, and I'm confident our officials will do their best to keep citizens safe."

In the meantime, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released the following information:

What is coronavirus?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), coronaviruses commonly cause mild to moderate illness in people worldwide. Most of the time, they aren't much different from a cold or flu virus— coronavirus symptoms may include fever, cough and shortness of breath, and usually only last for a short amount of time. There are no specific treatments for coronavirus, but to relieve symptoms, patients are instructed to take pain and fever medications, drink plenty of liquids, and stay home and rest.

What’s the status of coronavirus in Illinois?

Currently, the number of coronavirus cases in the state remains low, but it continues to climb. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has posted coronavirus case totals and test results on its website, updated daily.

Is Illinois prepared to handle a potential outbreak?

Illinois health officials have acted swiftly to contain the virus, and they are prepared for the future. Illinois was the first state to provide coronavirus testing, and hospitals and health providers across the region are already expanding their surveillance efforts by offering patients with flu-like symptoms the option to be tested for the virus. IDPH has outfitted two additional labs in central and southern Illinois to handle the extra testing load.

On March 9, Gov. Pritzker issued a statewide Disaster Proclamation, which will allow Illinois to receive federal resources and support to advance preparation and planning. This declaration will build on the state's strong response to the outbreak.

How do I know if my family and I are at risk?

Public health officials will reach out to individuals who may have been exposed. They are actively monitoring the situation and will update the public in the event that certain measures— like school and business closures— are necessary.

How does coronavirus spread?

According to the CDC, coronavirus mainly spreads from person to person. Act the same way you would act if you had the flu— if you think you may be sick, keep your distance from other people and always cover your coughs and sneezes.

How can I stay healthy?

The IDPH and the CDC have issued recommendations to help people avoid coming down with coronavirus. Keep in mind: These tips are helpful for avoiding any virus, including the flu and the common cold!

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If I get sick, will insurance cover my care?

If you have questions regarding health insurance and HMO inquiries, please call the Illinois Department of Insurance at (877) 527-9431. If you have questions regarding Medicare beneficiaries and caregiver inquiries, please call CMS at (800) 548-9034.

With questions and concerns about coronavirus, please call the IDPH 24/7 hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Category: Latest

Senator Melinda BushSPRINGFIELD – Frustrated by the lack of women in government and politics, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) passed a measure out of the Senate allowing political campaign funds to be used for child-care expenses.

“Highly qualified and experienced women and other young parents are being locked out of politics because of the cost of child care,” Bush said. “This legislation will allow talented people to run for office, work in politics, and volunteer their time without worrying about finding affordable child care.”

Senate Bill 33 would allow campaign funds to cover child-care expenses incurred by candidates, officeholders, campaign staff, and volunteers, as long as it is necessary for the fulfillment of political or governmental purposes.

“It’s high time for women to be proportionally represented in government,” Bush said. “Though the situation is slowly changing, women are still the primary providers of child care, so the cost of babysitters and daycare is a huge barrier to getting more women involved.”

Senate Bill 33 recently passed in the Illinois Senate and has moved to the House for consideration.

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