A new report by the Pew Center on the States confirms that Illinois once again boasts the country’s most underfunded pension systems, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

Also during the week, a hearing about changing insurance providers for state employees and retirees became contentious, and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka warned that Illinois will likely end the current fiscal year in June more than $8 billion in the red, despite a 67 percent tax hike approved in January.

Senator Bivins attended a Senate Committee on Redistricting hearing April 28 in Macomb. He was one of four Senators – including John Sullivan of Rushville, Michael Noland of Elgin and David Koehler of Pekin – who heard testimony by local officials.

Similar to witnesses at an April 16 hearing Senator Bivins attended in Peoria, witnesses at the Macomb hearing said gathering public testimony before a map is drawn is valuable. They asked that the process be transparent and non-partisan, and urged the Committee to conduct similar hearings after a proposed map has been drafted." />

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