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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.

Senate Week in Review: Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, 2017

State lawmakers return to Springfield November 7 for the final days of fall veto session.

Senate Week in Review: October 23-27, 2017

Lawmakers returned to the Capitol October 24 for the beginning of the Fall Veto Session with several controversial matters to consider.

Senate Week in Review: October 16-20, 2017

Lawmakers are preparing to return to the Capitol October 24 for the beginning of the annual fall veto session, which could result in action on a number of bills vetoed by the Governor as well as legislation covering new issues.

Senate Week in Review: October 9 – 13, 2017

This week, legislation was introduced in the Senate and the House banning the use of taxpayer dollars to finance elective abortions. The legislation reverses key portions of a new, controversial law that expanded taxpayer funding to pay for voluntary abortion procedures.


State Sen. Tim Bivins (R-Dixon) will join with community members Oct. 16 to honor the life and service of a 19-year-old Byron man by designating a portion of Illinois Route 72 as “Lance Cpl. Alec E. Catherwood Memorial Road.”

Sen. Bivins encourages families to submit stories of veterans to be showcased at Illinois Capitol

To help remember veterans, tell their incredible stories, and honor their legacy and sacrifice this upcoming Veterans Day, State Sen. Tim Bivins (R-Dixon) is encouraging constituents to submit a tribute and photo of their loved one who served our country to be displayed in the rotunda of the Illinois Capitol Nov. 1-Nov. 13.

Senate Week in Review : October 2 - 6, 2017

This week, Illinois prepared to help with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico; a $1.4 million investment in Southern Illinois will help boost the state’s economy; the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month highlights the need for preventive screenings; and Illinois residents were encouraged to honor their loved ones who served in the Armed Forces.

Senate Week in Review: September 25-29, 2017

After being held by its sponsor for more than four months, a controversial abortion bill expanding taxpayer funding for abortions advanced to the Governor’s desk, and was signed into law on September 28.

Senate Week in Review: September 18-22, 2017

New laws were signed during the week to spur economic development, and to protect property owners while targeting criminal activity.

Senate Week in Review: September 11-15, 2017

A large data breach announced September 7 by consumer reporting agency Equifax has caused millions of Americans’ sensitive information to be compromised, and state officials are urging residents to be proactive and take necessary precautions to prevent identity fraud or further damage from the data breach.

Governor moves to more quickly pay off state debt

Governor Bruce Rauner announced a refinancing plan during the week that would allow the state to pay down some of its $15.4 billion backlog of overdue bills, including obligations to the state’s vendors and other providers.

Senator Bivins guides new laws, asked to serve as Committee leader

In a year dominated by budget negotiations and historic school-funding reform, Senator Tim Bivins was busy guiding 10 new laws through the General Assembly.