Senator Tim Bivins has sent two letters to Governor Pat Quinn in the past week – asking him to reopen Illinois’ parks and historic sites, and inviting him to make any such announcement at Lowden State Park in Oregon.

Several state parks and historic sites were closed by former Governor Rod Blagojevich on November 30, 2008. After his arrest on December 9, 2008, Blagojevich was impeached by the House of Representatives on January 9, and convicted by the Senate and removed from office on January 29. Governor Quinn was sworn in on January 29.

The next day, on January 30, Senator Bivins sent a letter to Governor Quinn, congratulating him on becoming the 41st Governor of Illinois and pledging to work with him to “heal our great state.” The 45th District Senator asked the new Governor to reevaluate Blagojevich’s decision to close the parks and historic sites.

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