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Bivins to run for re-election

State senator set to announce his plans tonight

Published: Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
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Former Lee County Sheriff and current State Sen. Tim Bivins waits to accept his Reagan Legacy Award for achievement at the Reagan Gala on Aug. 9 at the Reagan Boyhood Home in Dixon. Bivins was the first person to win the award who still lives in Dixon. Bivins is expected to officially announce his plans to run for re-election in the 45th Senate District tonight.

DIXON – State Sen. Tim Bivins, R-Dixon, plans to run for re-election in November 2014.

This should come as no surprise to voters in the 45th Senate District, which he serves.

The district includes Winnebago, Lee, Whiteside, Ogle, LaSalle, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Carroll counties.

Bivins has been state senator since March 7, 2008, when he was appointed to the post. He ran unopposed in November 2012.

Previously, he had served as Lee County sheriff for 20 years.

In his latest term, Bivins worked closely with colleague Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, on concealed-carry legislation.

Bivins sponsored bills passed on gun safety and school safety.

One bill, passed unanimously, would create the School Security and Standards Task Force to study current security conditions, make recommendations, and draft minimum standards for use by schools to provide a safer learning environment for students.

Bivins is a strong supporter of constitutionally protected gun rights, he said on his website.

Also, he advocates fiscal discipline and spending restraint. He supports tax cuts to stimulate the economy and keep businesses growing.

Bivins serves on a number of committees, including criminal law, insurance, licensed activities, and pension. In January, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, appointed Bivins Senate Republican whip, whose role is to ensure discipline, order, and attendance at caucus meetings.

Sauk Valley Media was unable to reach Bivins Thursday afternoon for comment. He is planning an official announcement today at the Dixon Elks Club during his annual Hometown Banquet with guest speakers Dan Proft, WLS Chicago radio host, and gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard.

To attend

State Sen. Tim Bivins, R-Dixon, will host his Hometown Banquet tonight and announce his plans to run for re-election. Dan Proft of WLS radio and gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard will speak at the event.

The dinner and program start at 6:30 p.m. at the Dixon Elks Club, 1279 Franklin Grove Road.

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