As the Senate’s scheduled May 31 adjournment approaches, Senate Republicans are working with their colleagues across the aisle and in the House, as well as the Governor, to negotiate a balanced, responsible budget compromise.
Senator Tim Bivins welcomes Olivia Charles, a 9th-grade student at West Carroll High School, to the Senate Chambers in the State Capitol.
A bipartisan group of Senate and House lawmakers continued its work on the budget, and the four legislative leaders met with Governor Bruce Rauner during the week in an attempt to meet the May 31 deadline for passing a spending plan for Fiscal Year 2019.
In the midst of a national conversation about the role mental health plays in public safety, Illinois has received federal approval to launch a $2 billion Better Care Illinois Behavioral Health Initiative to deliver better outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries suffering from mental health and substance abuse disorders.
This week in the Illinois Capitol, a Task Force recommended building a new facility to house veterans, Senate Republicans pushed a bill to prohibit pay increases for lawmakers, and the Senate passed legislation that requires retired lawmakers to pay for their health insurance coverage.
Beginning next year, state lawmakers would no longer automatically get free healthcare when they retire, under legislation sponsored by Senator Tim Bivins and approved by the Illinois Senate.
As state lawmakers continue budget discussions in the Capitol, Senate Republicans are calling for Democrats to work with them on developing a revenue estimate for the upcoming fiscal year and pass legislation putting a cap on state spending.
Nearly two dozen lawmakers came together last week to oppose tax plans that would likely hurt job growth; legislation was filed to allow voters in some counties to lower their property tax burdens; and the Senate passed a bill that would offer property tax relief to disabled veterans.
Illinois Senate Republicans returned to the Capitol April 10, continuing to focus on the need for the General Assembly to pass a balanced budget that doesn’t put any additional tax burden on Illinois residents.
Senator Tim Bivins (Dixon) and Senator Dave Syverson (Rockford) welcome students from the Pecatonica FFA chapter to the Capitol April 11.
Senator Tim Bivins told members of the Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention April 10 that legislators should not be serving on the Legislative Ethics Commission.
Senate lawmakers return to Springfield April 10, and will continue their efforts to finalize a state budget and finish legislative business for the spring session by a scheduled adjournment date of May 31.
Illinois Senators were busy in their districts during the week, meeting with constituents, talking with local groups, checking in with business and community leaders, and more.
As Senate Republican Lawmakers continue to meet with constituents and local organizations throughout their respective districts, Governor Bruce Rauner announced plans to explore construction of a new veterans’ facility on the Quincy-based campus recently under scrutiny for a Legionnaires Disease outbreak.
The Senate passed gun-control legislation March 14 that does not address the root causes of gun violence, but instead threatens Second Amendment rights guaranteed by the Constitution to lawful gun owners, according to Senator Tim Bivins.
Several lawmakers met during the week for Senate committee and task force hearings on trending issues in state government, including the Legionella outbreaks, sexual harassment and firearms.
Legislative action at the Capitol during the week centered on gun safety reforms, in the wake of the February 13 shooting death of Chicago Police Department Commander Paul Bauer and the deadly school shooting February 14 in Parkland, Florida.
The Senate spent much of the week in the Capitol working on legislation in committees, but did pass bills to protect vulnerable veterans, to put EpiPens in the hands of law enforcement, and to help victims of domestic violence.
Spending cuts, pension reform, and prioritizing education are a few items that make up the balanced budget plan presented to the General Assembly February 14 during the annual Budget Address.
Twenty years serving as Lee County Sheriff gives Senator Tim Bivins a unique perspective in his new role as Republican Spokesperson on the Criminal Law Committee.
As the Illinois legislative session gets under way in the Capitol, Senator Tim Bivins has introduced several bills that address ethics policy and Criminal Code issues.
Lawmakers were encouraged in the annual State of the State address this week to come together for the good of Illinois to restore fiscal responsibility and approve fundamental changes in the way state government works.
Senator Tim Bivins (45th) and Representative Tom Demmer (90th) (at left) sit with Senator Chuck Weaver (R-37th) (at right) and several other legislative colleagues during the annual “State of the State” address January 31 in the House of Representatives.
Lawmakers are preparing to return to the Capitol next week for the beginning of the 2018 legislative session, which includes the annual State of the State address January 31.
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) informed Senate Republicans this week that implementation of the new funding law will occur; and a new measure would bring high-speed Internet access to rural school districts.
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