Legislative leaders met June 9 as they continue to work toward a resolution on the state budget. Senator Tim Bivins said that the meetings continue to focus heavily on the need for spending reductions and reform, with Republicans pushing for additional ethics reforms, redistricting reform and recall proposals.

Governor Pat Quinn has been participating in the budget meetings; however, he has also been traveling the state, warning of drastic budget cuts to much-needed services and programs if lawmakers do not approve an income tax increase. Senator Bivins explained that constituents’ concerns about the budget are well-founded, but urged the public not to be scared by what many people view as fear tactics by the Governor.

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