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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 not to vote for any during a lame duck session this fall.

Amrozowicz is a Navy veteran, business owner and chairman of the Lake County Republican Party making his first run for elected office. He said he supports Gov. Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda and backs tax, lawsuit and workers comp reforms to attract business.

Bush is seeking her second term after serving on the Grayslake and Lake County boards. She’s a leader in government consolidation and pledges to push that in Lake County. She has built a record of collaboration and independence — she’s voted against several Democratic budget bills the last two years and bucked party leaders on the map amendment. She also has deep community relationships needed to be effective at home and in Springfield. Bush is endorsed.

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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, according to a news release.

“This legislation, in addition to others I’ve sponsored and supported this year, is an answer to clear calls from the community asking us to provide the means to consolidate local government,” Bush said.. “Property owners are paying taxes on more than 7,000 units of local government throughout Illinois. We don’t need that many, and it’s time to seek common sense ways to reorganize where we can while still providing quality services.”

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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.”

Walsh has argued abortions are never necessary to save the lives of pregnant women, denied the existence of global warming, and spoke out against the existence of programs like Social Security and Medicare. Walsh has also been suspended from his radio show for using racial slurs and claimed radical Muslims who were “trying to kill Americans every week” infiltrated the Chicago suburbs.

Walsh held a fundraiser for Amrozowicz at the Brae Loch Golf Club last week, where Walsh advocated that Amrozowicz use voter anger to get elected and run a substance-less campaign.

“This is an issue-less campaign,” Walsh said on the state senate race. “This will not be a campaign driven by the issues.”

“This smacks of the worst kind of politics,” Bush responded. “I’m calling on Mike Amrozowicz to sever ties to Joe Walsh, his extremist views and his campaign tactics. We need to be focusing on the issues that matter most to working families – increasing fiscal responsibility, funding our schools, and decreasing the tax burden – not inciting anger through outrageous remarks.”

A lifelong Lake County resident, educator and former businesswoman, Melinda Bush is running for State Senate in the 31st Senate District. In the Senate, Bush has fought for balanced budgets, job creation, and ethics reforms like term limits.