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Bivins assumes greater role on Republican team

Dixon legislator now assistant leader after Dillard resignation

SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Tim Bivins, R-Dixon, will help to set the direction of the Republican Party caucus at the state capitol as assistant Senate Republican leader.

Bivins was appointed to the position Thursday by Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont. In his new role, Bivins also will work on legislation of statewide interest, as well as that of the 45th District he represents.

Bivins replaces longtime state Sen. Kirk Dillard in the leadership position.

Dillard, R-Hins­dale, stepped down from his 24th District seat Monday and left his 20-year legislative career to become chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority in Chicago.

Since January 2013, Bivins had been the Senate minority whip. The role of whip is to ensure discipline, order and attendance in caucus meetings.

State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, will take over as whip.

“Serving on the leadership team has given me, and the citizens of northwest Illinois, a better opportunity to guide the course of legislation and issues that affect us all on a daily basis,” Bivins said Friday in a news release.

“My new role as assistant Senate Republican leader will allow me to play an even stronger role in strategy and policy discussions as decisions are made about the future of our state.”

“As Republican whip, Sen. Bivins’ insight has proven invaluable to me and our caucus,” Radogno said in the news release.

“I look forward to continue building on that experience.”

Bivins said Friday that he “is honored to be appointed and represent the 45th District in Springfield.”

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