Senate President Emil Jones of Chicago has been under fire for months for refusing to allow Senate lawmakers to vote on long-awaited ethics reforms, but on September 18 Senator Jones apparently relented, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

“It’s ironic that President Jones listened to one voice and not the thousands of voices of Illinois citizens who asked him to reconvene the Senate,” Senator Bivins said, referring to reports that Senator Jones agreed to return to Springfield after talking with U.S. Senator Barack Obama.

Senator Bivins also noted that Senator Jones’ decision came a day after Senate Republican Leader Frank Watson of Greenville asked Attorney General Lisa Madigan for on official opinion on Senator Jones’ claim that he could wait until November to address the “pay-to-play” bill. Attorney General Madigan was among the statewide officials urging Senator Jones to call the Senate back into session.

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