SPRINGFIELD – The burden of silence many people face when returning to the workplace almost immediately following the loss of a pregnancy can cause emotional upheaval. State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) is leading a proposal to allow people to take leave following pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or other fertility issues.

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“The emotional anguish suffered after a miscarriage or stillbirth is often debilitating,” Bush said. “Returning to work sooner than they’d like leaves little room for grief, mourning and healing.”

Bush’s Senate Bill 3120 expands the Child Bereavement Act by providing up to 10 days of unpaid leave following a pregnancy loss, stillbirth or an unsuccessful intrauterine insemination, among other issues negatively impacting pregnancy or fertility.

One in six women who have a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy suffer from long-term post-traumatic stress, and approximately 15% of those who experience pregnancy loss develop severe depression or anxiety. Pregnancy loss not only has physical impacts, but mental and psychosocial implications. It also causes immense emotional stress for their spouses.

Bush’s bill would allow those impacted by these traumatizing circumstances to take time off work to address both their physical and emotional needs.

 “It’s important that we recognize that anyone experiencing this kind of loss need time to grieve,” Bush said.

Under the measure, people would also be allowed 10 days of unpaid leave for the death of an immediate family member.

SB 3120 passed the Senate Friday.

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SPRINGFIELD – To further reduce opioid abuse, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) is leading a measure to give health departments access to necessary patient data for developing public health interventions regarding the ongoing epidemic.

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“Thousands of people have been identified as high-risk for opioid addiction, but without access to that data, we are unable to offer them support or treatment programs,” Bush said. “Incrasing access to this information simply allows public health professionals to help people before it is too late.”

The measure will allow authorized employees of the Illinois Department of Public Health and county and municipal health departments to access the Prescription Monitoring Program patient databases, which determines if patients may be at risk of opioid addiction. Under current legislation, this data is kept confidential unless shared with law enforcement. However, data on how many patients are at risk for opioid addiction is necessary for many local health departments to develop educational programs, analyze treatment gaps across regions, and even prepare for public health interventions.

Bush has been a longtime advocate of tackling the opioid epidemic. In 2017, she passed a law to require prescribers of controlled substances to check the Prescription Monitoring Pogram to see if a patient has been prescribed a controlled substance by another doctor prior to writing an initial prescription. To build upon that law, she passed a measure last year to ensure every prescriber, including e-prescribers, have access to the same database.

“Database access will make public health responses to the opioid crisis more effective and accessible to patients,” said Bush. “Expanding access to the database is another step toward ending the opioid crisis.”  

Senate Bill 3024 passed the Health Committee.

 

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SPRINGFIELD – A longtime advocate for women’s rights, Senator Melinda Bush continues to fight for equal protection for women on what should have been the effective date of the Equal Rights Amendment.

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“All states need to correct the shameful failure of our Constitution to ensure women are explicitly protected against discrimination,” said Bush (D-Grayslake). “Women deserve the same legal protections as men.”

Under the federal constitution, there is not a provision that expressly guarantees equality on the basis of sex. The proposed Equal Rights Amendment would grant such rights.

In 2018, Bush led efforts to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, making Illinois the 37th state to do so. Under the U.S. Constitution, amendments become law once ratified by at least three-fourths of U.S. state legislatures — or 38 out of 50. Virginia became the 38th state in January 2020. 

The amendment’s ban on sex-based discrimination under the law was to take effect two years after ratification, per the language of the ERA – which falls Jan. 27, 2022.

But because of questions over the effectiveness of the deadline added by Congress, its future continues to be on uncertain legal ground, awaiting official recognition. Bush joins a number of supporters across the country to celebrate what they believe should be the effective date of the 28th Amendment while calling for action at the federal level.

 “It’s time to finally say ‘enough is enough.’ It’s the 21st Century,” Bush said. “How much longer do women have to wait to be given equal protection?”

Bush vows to continue to fight for the ERA’s official recognition.

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GRAYSLAKE – Thanks to support from State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) to provide assistance to local libraries for pandemic recovery, three facilities in the district she represents will receive more than $150,000 in combined grants to grow and enhance their services.

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“School libraries provide a safe, welcoming space for students to learn and grow,” Bush said. “Some of my fondest memories from grade school were picking out books or participating in library programs with my friends. I wish for all students to have that same opportunity.”

To directly respond to difficulties cause by the COVID-19 pandemic, Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White’s office has allocated funding to hundreds of libraries to expand digital inclusion and prioritize health and safety. The following school libraries in the district Bush represents will receive funding:

                  • Beach Park CCSD 3: $125,000
                  • Woodland CCSD 50: $16,325
                  • Zion-Benton Township High School District 126: $15,144

The libraries were three of 211 academic, school, special and public libraries to receive grants. The money was allocated through a combination of American Rescue Plan Act and Library Service and Technology Act dollars. Beach Park, Woodland and Zion-Benton will use the funding to restore the library’s capacity to offer clean and safe library spaces.

A full list of libraries receiving funding can be found here.

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