Illinois Senate Republicans returned to the Capitol April 10, continuing to focus on the need for the General Assembly to pass a balanced budget that doesn’t put any additional tax burden on Illinois residents.
Senator Tim Bivins (Dixon) and Senator Dave Syverson (Rockford) welcome students from the Pecatonica FFA chapter to the Capitol April 11.
Senator Tim Bivins told members of the Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention April 10 that legislators should not be serving on the Legislative Ethics Commission.
Senate lawmakers return to Springfield April 10, and will continue their efforts to finalize a state budget and finish legislative business for the spring session by a scheduled adjournment date of May 31.
Illinois Senators were busy in their districts during the week, meeting with constituents, talking with local groups, checking in with business and community leaders, and more.
As Senate Republican Lawmakers continue to meet with constituents and local organizations throughout their respective districts, Governor Bruce Rauner announced plans to explore construction of a new veterans’ facility on the Quincy-based campus recently under scrutiny for a Legionnaires Disease outbreak.
The Senate passed gun-control legislation March 14 that does not address the root causes of gun violence, but instead threatens Second Amendment rights guaranteed by the Constitution to lawful gun owners, according to Senator Tim Bivins.
Several lawmakers met during the week for Senate committee and task force hearings on trending issues in state government, including the Legionella outbreaks, sexual harassment and firearms.
Legislative action at the Capitol during the week centered on gun safety reforms, in the wake of the February 13 shooting death of Chicago Police Department Commander Paul Bauer and the deadly school shooting February 14 in Parkland, Florida.
The Senate spent much of the week in the Capitol working on legislation in committees, but did pass bills to protect vulnerable veterans, to put EpiPens in the hands of law enforcement, and to help victims of domestic violence.
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 serving as Lee County Sheriff gives Senator Tim Bivins a unique perspective in his new role as Republican Spokesperson on the Criminal Law Committee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Illinois citizens will begin 2018 with more than 200 new laws taking effect.
Senator Tim Bivins is being honored for his work in the Illinois General Assembly by organizations representing the manufacturing sector and civic park districts.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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