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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Lake County flood July 2017Individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations impacted by the July 2017 flooding in Lake County may be eligible for disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The deadline to apply for Physical Damage loans, such as loans to businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property, is January 12, 2018.

The deadline to apply for Economic Injury loans, such as loans to assist small businesses and non-profits through the recovery period, is August 13, 2018.

The SBA is opening a Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the Lake County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), 1303 Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville beginning Thursday, Nov. 16. SBA Customer Service Representatives will be on-hand to issue loan applications, answer questions and help individuals complete their applications.

To apply for a SBA loan, click here.

For more information on eligibility, loan amounts, and other requirements, please view this SBA Fact Sheet.

For more information, contact the SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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