More than 200 bills were signed into law this week, including measures that increase transparency and accountability in state government and Illinois schools, keep sex offenders off social networking Internet sites, and change how legislative and judicial pensions are calculated, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

On August 11, comprehensive legislation was signed to increase transparency and promote accountability through the creation of a public Web site known as the “Illinois Transparency and Accountability Portal.” House Bill 35 (PA 96-0225) will allow Illinois residents to access a variety of information including state expenditures, tax credits, state employee salaries and state contracts.

Similar legislation was enacted at the federal level and in other states, and has received widespread support from grassroots organizations, trade associations, press associations and taxpayer protection groups.

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