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Senate Week in Review: February 12-16, 2018

Spending cuts, pension reform, and prioritizing education are a few items that make up the balanced budget plan presented to the General Assembly February 14 during the annual Budget Address.

Twenty years as Sheriff gives Bivins unique persepective as committee spokesperson

Twenty years serving as Lee County Sheriff gives Senator Tim Bivins a unique perspective in his new role as Republican Spokesperson on the Criminal Law Committee.

Senator Bivins sponsoring ethics, Criminal Code reforms

As the Illinois legislative session gets under way in the Capitol, Senator Tim Bivins has introduced several bills that address ethics policy and Criminal Code issues.

Senate Week in Review: January 29 – February 2, 2018

Lawmakers were encouraged in the annual State of the State address this week to come together for the good of Illinois to restore fiscal responsibility and approve fundamental changes in the way state government works.

Lawmakers must come together for the good of Illinois

Senator Tim Bivins (45th) and Representative Tom Demmer (90th) (at left) sit with Senator Chuck Weaver (R-37th) (at right) and several other legislative colleagues during the annual “State of the State” address January 31 in the House of Representatives.

Annual State of State address is January 31

Lawmakers are preparing to return to the Capitol next week for the beginning of the 2018 legislative session, which includes the annual State of the State address January 31.

Senate Week in Review: January 15-19, 2018

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) informed Senate Republicans this week that implementation of the new funding law will occur; and a new measure would bring high-speed Internet access to rural school districts.

Senate Week in Review: January 8-12, 2018

A joint Senate and House of Representatives hearing to learn more about the incidence of Legionnaires’ disease at the Quincy Veterans’ Home was held during the week in Chicago.

Improved safety measures for children and Internet users

Illinois residents can expect to see improved safety measures for children and Internet users in 2018 with new laws that help protect children in the foster care system, at day care and at school; as well as shield children and adults online.

New laws in 2018

Illinois citizens will begin 2018 with more than 200 new laws taking effect.

Senator Bivins honored by manufacturing, parks groups

Senator Tim Bivins is being honored for his work in the Illinois General Assembly by organizations representing the manufacturing sector and civic park districts.

Senate Week in Review: November 27 – December 1, 2017

With recent reports revealing a mixed bag on employment rates in Illinois, state leaders continue their efforts to improve the economy and prospects for jobs growth in the coming year.

Senate Week in Review: November 13-17, 2017

Legislation addressing sexual harassment allegations was signed into law by the Governor, and measures providing financial help for flood victims were approved during the week.

Senate Week in Review: November 6-9, 2017

The General Assembly acted on several legislative measures during the week seeking to improve Statehouse sexual harassment policies, and the Legislative Ethics Commission appointed a new Inspector General November 4.

Lawmakers should no longer serve on Ethics Commission

Lawmakers, lobbyists and political party leaders would no longer be allowed to serve on Illinois’ Legislative Ethics Commission, under legislation being sponsored by Senator Tim Bivins.