October 5, 2016

Endorsement: Bush for Illinois Senate District 31

Lake County’s 31st Senate District features candidates with similar views on reform issues and vast differences in elected experience. Incumbent Democrat Melinda Bush of Grayslake and Republican Michael Amrozowicz of Gurnee say they back the Independent Map Amendment and term limits — Bush, for leadership positions; Amrozowicz, for all legislators. They say they won’t support tax increases, and Bush pledges …

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September 7, 2016

Two Lake County Sanitary Districts Can Dissolve Under New Law

Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, co-sponsored the measure to meant to help consolidate local government. In an effort to find ways to continue to consolidate local government, State Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, supported a new law that was recently signed by Governor Rauner that allows two Lake County Sanitary Districts to dissolve and relegate their duties and obligations to county government, …

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July 6, 2016

Melinda Bush Calls on Opponent to Sever Ties to Extremist Joe Walsh

GRAYSLAKE – Senator Melinda Bush called on 31st Senate District candidate Mike Amrozowicz to sever ties to extreme right-wing talk show host and former congressman Joe Walsh. Walsh recently held a fundraiser for Amrozowicz. “I’m stunned someone who wants to represent Lake County citizens would align themselves with such an extremist,” said Bush. “Mike Amrozowicz needs to denounce Joe Walsh.” …

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June 29, 2016

Suburban lawmakers say something’s got to give in Springfield

Democratic state Sen. Melinda Bush says she’s “had enough” of politics as usual in Illinois, and the budget impasse that has threatened schools and social service agencies’ survival. Across the aisle and in the Illinois House, Republican Rep. David McSweeney sings a similar tune. “We’re sitting here over a year from the end of the last fiscal year without a …

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June 3, 2016

Bills would give voters say over township, road district consolidation

Two state Senate bills from Lake County legislators are among the latest suggestions in the continuing debate on consolidating government services to save money. The main element in the proposals by Democratic state Sens. Melinda Bush of Grayslake and Julie Morrison of Deerfield to consolidate or dissolve townships and road districts would allow entities the choice to pursue that route …

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June 3, 2016

Sen. Bush: We have a Heroin Crisis in Illinois

We have a heroin crisis in this state. Illinoisans are dying of heroin overdoses at twice the rate they were in 1999. Since 2012, in the Chicago suburbs alone, an average of three people have died a day. This week, Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto of the Heroin Crisis Act, a proposal I supported in the Senate that …

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June 2, 2016

Senator Works To Eliminate “Tampon Tax”

ILLINOIS (CNN Newsource) — Right now, Illinois women pay a 6.25 sales tax every time they buy a feminine hygiene product. The state classifies tampons, pads, and menstrual cups as luxury items. Illinois residents pay more than $10 million a year in taxes for these items. That’s why Senator Melinda Bush says it’s time to end what she calls an …

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June 2, 2016

Lake County Opioid Initiative: Heroin law will ‘save so many lives’

With a 44-11 vote by the Illinois Senate on Wednesday afternoon, the General Assembly completed an override of a veto by Gov. Bruce Rauner to enact a sweeping set of measures aimed at helping to reduce heroin and opiate addiction. “I feel shocked and elated,” said Chelsea Laliberte, a co-founder of the Lake County Opioid Initiative, a group that includes …

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June 2, 2016

Fallen soldier honored with renamed stretch of Route 120

Route 120 ran through the life of Joseph “Joey” Dimock II. His mother, Ellen, recalled that it was the roadway she and her husband carefully drove in May 1989 when bringing their newborn son home to Wildwood. Some 21 years later, it would once again be the road home for Joey Dimock when his family and hundreds of supporters carried …

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May 24, 2016

From the Community: Speak Up and Speak Out…it works!

Having just participated in the Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum in Washington DC during the first week of April and then traveled with almost 200 advocates to Springfield on April 14 for the Association’s annual state lobby day, I want to say something that may surprise many readers: when citizens come together around shared goals and use their voices, our elected …

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