State budget talks are still underway three weeks into the            The new boys of summer?Legislature's summer break, two Senators kicked off their tour of Illinois’ correctional facilities and several new laws will go into effect beginning July 1, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

Governor Rod Blagojevich and legislative leaders are attempting to close a $2 billion gap in proposed state spending and projected revenues. While discussions are still ongoing, it is unknown whether the General Assembly will have to reconvene in Springfield over budget matters.

Senator Bivins is urging the Governor to reduce spending and live within the state’s means; unfortunately, the Governor and Democrat leaders have shown little inclination to eliminate new and increased spending initiatives.

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