During the first week of the fall Veto Session, lawmakers approved funding for a college scholarship program and advanced a recall measure that would give the public the power to remove governors from office, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

The Senate also sent to the House of Representatives a measure to eliminate a little-noticed new tax on small businesses that had been buried in a state budget bill.

Earlier this week, the Senate Redistricting Committee traveled to Carbondale October 13 for the fourth in a series of hearings on redistricting reform in Illinois. The Committee received testimony from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, which has been researching the issue of redistricting reform in Illinois for years.

On October 15, students from colleges and universities throughout Illinois gathered in Springfield to lobby for reinstatement of funding to the state’s Monetary Assistance Program (MAP), which was recently cut by Governor Pat Quinn.

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