Legislation that would impact how primary elections are conducted in Illinois was acted on this week, as well as measures Senator Tim Bivins says target home repair fraud and corruption.

Also this week, Senator Bivins reported that his district legislative office has come in under budget for the third year in a row. The 45th District Senator finished the fiscal year with money to spare in his legislative account – which he has returned to the state’s coffers.

“We came in under budget by about 32 percent, so I am putting my money where my mouth is, and returning $26,817 to the state. I figure if I ask the Governor to cut back, then I need to do the same,” Senator Bivins said. “I learned my budgeting skills from working as a county sheriff—we were consistently under budget, even in the lean years.”

On July 13, Governor Pat Quinn amendatorily vetoed House Bill 4842, altering the legislation to create an open primary system in Illinois.

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