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|Name                 = Melinda Bush
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|Name = Melinda Bush
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|Profile picture = Melinda Bush.jpg
|Position             = Illinois State Senate District 31
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|Position = Illinois State Senate District 31
|Status               = Candidate
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|Status = Incumbent
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|Term ends = [[Term-end dates of legislators elected on November 6, 2012|January 11, 2017]]
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|Last election = [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
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|First elected = [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
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|Prior office = Lake County Board Member
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|Prior office 2 = President, Grayslake School District
 
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}}{{tnr}}'''Melinda Bush'''  is a [[Democratic]] senator-elect of the [[Illinois State Senate]]. She currently serves as a Member of the Lake County Board and a Commissioner of the Lake County Forest Preserve.<Ref name="about">[http://www.melindaforsenate.com/content/aboutmelinda ''Melinda for Senate,'' "About," accessed January 4, 2012]</ref>
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|Office website = http://www.ilga.gov/senate/Senator.asp?GA=98&MemberID=2023
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}}{{tnr}}'''Melinda Bush'''  is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[Illinois State Senate]], representing [[Illinois State Senate District 31|District 31]]. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.<Ref name="about">[http://www.melindaforsenate.com/content/aboutmelinda ''Melinda for Senate,'' "About," accessed January 4, 2012]</ref>
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==Committee assignments==
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===2013-2014===
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At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Bush served on the following committees:
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|Committee1 = Appropriations II
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|Committee2 = Committee of the Whole
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|Committee3 = Environment
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|Committee4 = Higher Education
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|Committee5 = Revenue
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|Committee6 = State Government & Veterans Affairs
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==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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:Excerpt: "Faced with cronyism and corruption at the Lake County and Forest Preserve Boards, Melinda was the first commissioner to stand up and cry foul. ...Melinda will take that same sense of right and wrong with her to Springfield, where she will work to end pension double- and triple-dipping, pay-for-play politics and political cronyism."
 
:Excerpt: "Faced with cronyism and corruption at the Lake County and Forest Preserve Boards, Melinda was the first commissioner to stand up and cry foul. ...Melinda will take that same sense of right and wrong with her to Springfield, where she will work to end pension double- and triple-dipping, pay-for-play politics and political cronyism."
 
*'''Education
 
*'''Education
:Excerpt: "...Melinda knows first-hand how important exceptional teachers and an animated school environment are to a child’s education. She believes that we need to invest in the development of quality educators and school systems that are accountable to the needs of teachers, students and parents. Whether in the public or private school systems, students deserve an opportunity to succeed."
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:Excerpt: ."..Melinda knows first-hand how important exceptional teachers and an animated school environment are to a child’s education. She believes that we need to invest in the development of quality educators and school systems that are accountable to the needs of teachers, students and parents. Whether in the public or private school systems, students deserve an opportunity to succeed."
 
*'''The Environment
 
*'''The Environment
 
:Excerpt: "Melinda has always believed that the environment and the economy are not mutually exclusive. She believes it is necessary to invest in green jobs and bring new technologies to Lake County."
 
:Excerpt: "Melinda has always believed that the environment and the economy are not mutually exclusive. She believes it is necessary to invest in green jobs and bring new technologies to Lake County."
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:: ''See also: [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012]]''
  
Bush won election in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012|Illinois State Senate]] District 31. Bush was unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012 and defeated Republican [[Joe Neal]] in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/InfoForCandidates.aspx ''Illinois State Board of Elections'' "Candidate List," December 5, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/VoteTotals/2012GPOfficialVote.pdf ''Illinois State Board of Elections,'' "Official 2012 Primary Results"]</ref>
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Bush won election in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012|Illinois State Senate]] District 31. Bush was unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012 and defeated Republican [[Joe Neal]] in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/InfoForCandidates.aspx ''Illinois State Board of Elections'', "Candidate List," accessed December 5, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/VoteTotals/2012GPOfficialVote.pdf ''Illinois State Board of Elections'', "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed May 14, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/VoteTotals/2012GEOfficialVote.pdf ''Illinois State Board of Elections'', “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed December 31, 2012]</ref>
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|party1= Democratic
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|candidate2 = Joe Neal
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|votes1 = 42542
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|votes2 = 40281
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====Endorsements====
 
====Endorsements====
Bush's website lists the following endorsements:<ref>[http://www.melindaforsenate.com/content/endorsements-0 ''Melinda Bush'', "Endorsements," accessed October 20, 2012]</ref>
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Bush's website listed the following endorsements:<ref>[http://www.melindaforsenate.com/content/endorsements-0 ''Melinda Bush'', "Endorsements," accessed October 20, 2012]</ref>
 
*The Daily Herald
 
*The Daily Herald
 
*Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon
 
*Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon
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*Senate Majority Whip Terry Link
 
*Senate Majority Whip Terry Link
 
*Senator Susan Garrett
 
*Senator Susan Garrett
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==Campaign donors==
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{{Comprehensive donor history
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|Name = Bush
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|Full name = Melinda Bush
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|year = 2012
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|link =<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/uniquecandidate.phtml?uc=413217 ''followthemoney.org'', "Bush, Melinda (Willen)," accessed July 17, 2013]</ref>
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|party = Democratic
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|totalraised2012 = 843428
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|result2012 = Won
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|office2012 = [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012|Illinois State Senate, District 31]]
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===2012===
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{{SLP donor box 2012
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|office= Illinois State Senate
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 843,428
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|org1 = Illinois Senate Democratic Fund
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|org2 = Illinois Democratic Party
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|org3 = Illinois Pro-Choice
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|org4 = AFSCME Illinois Council 31
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|org5 = Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504
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|orgamount1 = 337608
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|orgamount2 = 170225
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|orgamount3 = 44246
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|orgamount4 = 44000
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|}}
  
 
==Personal==
 
==Personal==
Bush is the oldest of six brothers and sisters. She lives in Grayslake with her husband Andy. They have one son.<Ref name="about"/>
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Bush and her husband, Andy, have one child.<Ref name="about"/>
  
 
==Recent news==
 
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==See also==
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*[[Illinois State Senate]]
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*[[Illinois State Senate#Standing committees|Senate Committees]]
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*[[Illinois State Legislature]]
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*[[Illinois state legislative districts]]
 
==External links==
 
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*[http://www.melindaforsenate.com/ Official campaign website]
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* [http://www.ilga.gov/senate/Senator.asp?GA=98&MemberID=2023 Biography, bills and committees] at the 98th Illinois General Assembly
*[http://www.votesmart.org/candidate/biography/115614/melinda-bush Project Vote Smart biography]
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*[http://www.illinoissenatedemocrats.com/index.php/sen-bush-home Profile] at Illinois Senate Democrats
*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Melinda-Bush-for-State-Senate/226845770698862 Melinda Bush for State Senate Facebook page]
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*[http://www.melindaforsenate.com/ Campaign website]
*[https://twitter.com/#!/Melinda4Senate Melinda Bush on Twitter]
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*[http://openstates.org/il/legislators/ILL000913/melinda-bush/ Profile from Open States]
*[http://www.youtube.com/user/Melinda4Senate Melinda Bush on YouTube]
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*Campaign contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=143994 2012]
  
 
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Melinda Bush
Melinda Bush.jpg
Illinois State Senate District 31
Incumbent
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2017
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Lake County Board Member
President, Grayslake School District
Personal
Place of birthHalfday, Illinois
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Melinda Bush is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 31. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Bush served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations II
Committee of the Whole
Environment
Higher Education
Revenue
State Government & Veterans Affairs

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Bush's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "Springfield needs proven leaders we can trust to fund programs that help Lake County and cut programs that do not work. Leaders we can trust to pay our bills on time, and end the culture of procrastination we have created by borrowing money from the pension fund and spending it."
  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "Melinda comes from a background of modest means, and at a young age learned the importance of having a good job with a competitive wage. As a small-business owner, she also learned the challenges of providing those jobs."
  • Ethics Reform
Excerpt: "Faced with cronyism and corruption at the Lake County and Forest Preserve Boards, Melinda was the first commissioner to stand up and cry foul. ...Melinda will take that same sense of right and wrong with her to Springfield, where she will work to end pension double- and triple-dipping, pay-for-play politics and political cronyism."
  • Education
Excerpt: ."..Melinda knows first-hand how important exceptional teachers and an animated school environment are to a child’s education. She believes that we need to invest in the development of quality educators and school systems that are accountable to the needs of teachers, students and parents. Whether in the public or private school systems, students deserve an opportunity to succeed."
  • The Environment
Excerpt: "Melinda has always believed that the environment and the economy are not mutually exclusive. She believes it is necessary to invest in green jobs and bring new technologies to Lake County."

Elections

2012

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Bush won election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 31. Bush was unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012 and defeated Republican Joe Neal in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Illinois State Senate, District 31, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMelinda Bush 51.4% 42,542
     Republican Joe Neal 48.6% 40,281
Total Votes 82,823


Endorsements

Bush's website listed the following endorsements:[6]

  • The Daily Herald
  • Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon
  • Senate President John J. Cullerton
  • Senate Majority Whip Terry Link
  • Senator Susan Garrett

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bush is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Bush raised a total of $843,428 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[7]

Melinda Bush's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State Senate, District 31 Won $843,428
Grand Total Raised $843,428

2012

Bush won election to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Bush raised a total of $843,428.
Illinois State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Melinda Bush's campaign in 2012
Illinois Senate Democratic Fund$337,608
Illinois Democratic Party$170,225
Illinois Pro-Choice$44,246
AFSCME Illinois Council 31$44,000
Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504$35,859
Total Raised in 2012$843,428
Source:Follow the Money

Personal

Bush and her husband, Andy, have one child.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Illinois Senate District 31
2013–present
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