In preparation for next week’s deadline to move Senate bills to the House of Representatives, Senate lawmakers acted on more than 100 bills, including legislation to support Chicago’s Olympic bid, a proposal to allow big trucks to drive 65 miles per hour on rural interstates, and a proposed law creating a commission to investigate claims of torture by a former Chicago Police Commander.

Senator Tim Bivins said that Senate and House Republican leaders also met with Governor Pat Quinn and nearly a dozen major business associations to talk about creating and maintaining jobs in Illinois.

Business leaders stressed the importance of fair tax policies, urged lawmakers to rein in state spending, emphasized the need for health care reforms, and encouraged lawmakers to continue to work with businesses—not against them. Senator Bivins noted that many business groups are concerned about Governor Quinn’s proposed 50 percent income tax rate increase for business, stressing that it would further burden businesses that are already struggling to stay afloat in today’s economy.

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