Governor Rod Blagojevich announced this week he is calling the Legislature into special session on July 9 to address problems with the state’s budget, and Senator Tim Bivins says he hopes the ongoing conflict can be resolved soon.

Also this week, ethics reform bills sponsored by Senator Bivins and passed by the General Assembly this spring, were sent to the Governor for consideration.

The Governor says the budget passed at the end of May has a $2 billion gap between state revenues and spending. He has called the special session for July 9 to focus on revenue proposals. If those proposals aren’t passed, then the Governor said he will call another special session July 10 to address other budget-balancing possibilities, including cutting spending on state programs and services.

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