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A Safe Place in Zion receives AT&T Investing in Illinois Award

ATT Award RZION - AT&T Illinois yesterday announced A Safe Place in Zion as the winner of an “AT&T Investing in Illinois Award.”

A Safe Place receives public recognition and a contribution of $2,000 from AT&T to be used for housing services for victims of domestic violence which includes shelter, transitional and permanent housing.

Illinois State Senator Melinda Bush and State Representative Sam Yingling nominated the organization for the recognition from AT&T Illinois.  

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Senator Bush’s business retention plan signed into law

opensignRSPRINGFIELD - An economic development and job retention proposal was signed into law recently that seeks to improve business retention in Illinois counties that border other states.

State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) was the Senate sponsor of the new law that recognizes the unique business retention concerns specific to border communities.

As a life-long resident and board member of a county that borders another state, Bush knows all too well about about the business-poaching practices of the states surrounding Illinois. She feels that the new law will improve the economic conditions of Illinois border communities, keeping them competitive with the states that they border.

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Governor signs law to prohibit smoking on college campuses

no smokingSPRINGFIELD – Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) applauded the governor’s decision to sign a law to limit smoking on college campuses yesterday.  

The new law prohibits smoking on state university and community college campuses in Illinois.

Each campus will have a task force to coordinate the implementation of the Smoke-Free Campus Act.  

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Senator Bush applauds new local government accountability law

001Bush007cRSPRINGFIELD – Senator Melinda Bush today applauded the governor for signing a local government transparency and accountability proposal into law. The proposal, which Bush co-sponsored in the Senate, enables county boards to adopt a code of conduct ordinance for county appointees.

In Lake County, there are 57 different appointed boards and commissions. They include the Metra Board, Pace Board, fire protection districts, zoning boards, mosquito abatement districts, drainage districts, merit commissions and more. Under the new law, Lake, McHenry, Kane, Will and DuPage counties would all be able to create codes of conduct.

“We need to create a culture of accountability for county appointees and make our expectations clear for these positions of public trust,” Bush said.

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New law ensures sex offenders can’t escape justice by fleeing to Wisconsin

032113br0133rSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Melinda Bush today applauded the governor for signing into law a measure that allows law enforcement to take an escaped sexually violent person into custody, even if that person has fled out of state.

“No criminal should be able to escape our state because of a technicality,” Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) said.

But that is almost what happened last November when a sexually violent person in Urbana, Illinois cut off his ankle monitor and escaped civil custody.  When he was found in St. Louis, he was waiting on a train, ticket in hand, to travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Senator Bush’s proposal to assist military families signed into law

returning-national-guard-soldierRMASCOUTAH – On Saturday, Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) applauded the governor for signing a proposal into law that eases the transitions of military students moving in and out of Illinois schools.

“These families give up so much in order to serve in our military.  The least we can do is ensure that school transfers are as easy on their children as possible,” said Bush, who sponsored the measure in the Senate.

The new law makes school transfers easier for children of active duty military personnel by ensuring that military children who move to Illinois from other states remain in the same grade. If they were in 2nd grade in another state, Illinois schools must also place them in 2nd grade.

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31st Legislative District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Environment; Appropriations II; Higher Education; Revenue; State Government & Veterans Affairs; Committee of the Whole; Sub on Economic Development (Sub-Chairperson); Subcommittee on Special Issues (SN); Special Comm. on Watercraft Safety; Advisory Committee On Ed. Funding.

Biography: Born March 18, 1956; former member of the Lake County Board, Forest Preserve Board and former Grayslake village trustee; married (Andy) with one adult son (Chris).