Defending our Environment

Melinda is the chair of the Illinois Senate’s Environment and Conservation Committee. She has fought polluters her entire life, most recently leading the passage of the strictest Ethylene Oxide regulations in the world. She has stood up to Exelon, demanding they compensate communities for nuclear waste stored within their borders.

Melinda thinks clean, renewable energy is vital to Illinois’ future. She is a champion of the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which will create hundreds of jobs across Illinois while shifting our state’s focus to cleaner and more effective forms of renewable energy. She is the lead sponsor of the Energy Transition Zones Act, which incentivizes clean energy producers to locate in vacant areas formerly occupied by polluters.

Standing up for Lake County Citizens

Melinda is a champion for survivors of rape, sexual harassment and domestic violence. She has passed multiple laws protecting citizens, punishing offenders and improving the way Illinois combats sexual violence. Melinda also led efforts to combat the opioid crisis and reform how we deal with addiction across Illinois.

In the 31st District, Melinda has helped hundreds of residents find good jobs by hosting multiple job fairs every year. Her full-time constituent service office has assisted thousands of constituents with local issues.

Creating Jobs and Restoring our Economy

With a passion for economic development fueled by experience as a former small business owner and founder of Grayslake’s merchants’ association, Melinda works across the aisle every day to support Lake County job creators. She led the passage of I-STEP, one of the largest jobs bills in Illinois’ history. Melinda has reformed how Illinois retains and attracts businesses and works with local governments to negotiate new businesses locating in our community.

Setting an Ethical Standard

Senator Melinda Bush turned down a state pension, returned all her pay raises, and is fighting to put term limits on party leaders. She is leading the fight against gerrymandering in Illinois and has championed historic ethics reforms within every governing body she has served. She publicly and privately stands up to corrupt politicians, lobbyists, and bad actors regardless of their party affiliation. Melinda doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk.