A panel commissioned to review admissions policies at the University of Illinois (U of I) issued its final report August 6, which calls for the resignation of the U of I Board of Trustees, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

Also this week, two measures were signed into law to restrict the use of cell phones while driving. One measure prohibits sending text messages while driving, while the other restricts cell phone use in construction zones.

Plans are also underway for the second in a series of hearings on ending the gerrymandering of legislative and congressional districts. The second hearing is tentatively set for August 18 in Springfield, with additional hearings in September and October in Peoria and Carbondale, Senator Bivins said.

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