The Capitol was quiet this week, with lawmakers working in their respective districts for the second week of the legislative spring break. Legislators will return to Springfield on April 21 to begin the final weeks of the spring legislative session.

Senator Tim Bivins said when they return, Senate members will begin consideration of legislation that has passed the House of Representatives, while House members will review bills that have been approved by the Senate.

Employees and communities throughout the state received good news this week, when the reopening of more than a dozen state historic sites was announced. Despite strong opposition, former Governor Rod Blagojevich closed the sites in November 2008, and lawmakers, local citizens and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have been working for months to reopen the sites, including Apple River Fort in Elizabeth.

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