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June 29, 2016

Suburban lawmakers say something’s got to give in Springfield

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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

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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

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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”

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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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