During an unprecedented health crisis, it is difficult to focus on anything else. I certainly hope you are all taking this as seriously as I am -- observing social distancing best practices, washing your hands frequently and taking steps to protect the most at-risk individuals in your life.

At the same time, sometimes other circumstances also demand our attention. I write this op-ed because, frankly, circumstances demand we act now if we want to end gerrymandering in Illinois.

Gerrymandering is the process by which party leaders redraw political maps after the census every 10 years. It is an imminent threat to our democracy because, among many things, it allows party leaders to blunt the will of the people and protect incumbents by stacking districts with like-minded voters. Ending the gerrymandering process this year requires the passage of the Fair Maps Amendment (SJRCA 18) -- a constitutional amendment written by a broad, bipartisan coalition of citizens, organizations and elected officials.

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Category: In The News

House Ways and Means CommitteeDear friends,

As COVID-19 has spread across the country, other states have followed Illinois’ lead by limiting crowds, closing nonessential businesses, and instituting shelter-in-place orders. 

To address the uncertainty and instability many Americans are facing during this outbreak, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides assistance to hospitals, nonprofits, individuals, and businesses.

If you are wondering about what the CARES Act means for you and your community, below is some information that may help you navigate the legislation.

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Category: E-Newsletters

Senator Melinda BushGRAYSLAKE – Price gouging scams have run rampant across the State of Illinois and across the country taking advantage of the present situation. To combat these scams State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) is urging Illinois residents to report any unfair pricing practices associated with the coronavirus pandemic to the Office of the Attorney General.  

“The coronavirus outbreak is frightening enough without the additional fear of being cheated out of a fair price,” Bush said. “I am confident in the attorney general’s ability to protect consumers and put a stop to these unfair practices.” 

Governor Pritzker earlier issued an executive order prohibiting price gouging and handed Attorney General Kwame Raoul the authority to enforce it. The Office of the Attorney General has so far directed businesses to maintain fair pricing, especially on items recommended by public health agencies to help prevent the spread of the virus. 

The Office of the Attorney General has also been monitoring products sold online through retail giants such as Amazon, eBay, and Facebook. 

“If you have been a victim of a price gouging scam or if you have seen anything suspicious, please file a complaint with the attorney general immediately,” Bush said. 

For questions or additional information concerning price gouging scams, please visit illinoisattorneygeneral.gov. 

Category: Press Releases

GRAYSLAKE – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) released the following statement in response to the United States House resolution condemning the Chinese government’s handling of the novel coronavirus response:

“There is no doubt the Chinese government’s initial downplaying of the novel coronavirus exacerbated its spread. But this resolution puts Americans in danger. The virus doesn’t have a zip code or borders and pinning the blame on a specific country or geographical location only spreads animosity and hatred. The attacks on Asian Americans in recent weeks related to COVID-19 are unpatriotic and un-American. This is not who we are. 

“Even as feelings of fear and anxiety run high, we need to pull together as a country and show the world the best of who we are. I condemn all anti-Asian American hate crimes and I urge my colleagues and fellow Americans to stand with me in support of the Asian American community here in Illinois, around the county, and the world.” 

House Resolution 907 can be read on congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/907?s=4&r=1. 

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