Veterans from across Illinois came to Springfield May 6 for the second Senate Republican Veterans Legislative Day, and Senate lawmakers spent much of week working in committees to meet the May 8 deadline to move House bills, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont and Governor Pat Quinn presented opening remarks for the second Veterans Legislative Day. Senator Bivins, Republican spokesperson of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, talked with veterans about current legislation, and other speakers explained what programs and benefits are available.

Also meeting veterans were Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Dan Grant; and representatives from Congressmen Peter Roskam’s, Aaron Schock’s and John Shimkus’ offices.

One of the many bills moved out of committees this week was a measure that would prohibit elected officials convicted of official misconduct, or removed from office by conviction or impeachment, from financially benefiting from their misdeeds.

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