Lawmakers returned to Springfield September 22 in the wake of public and media pressure to act on Governor Rod Blagojevich’s veto of long-awaited “pay-to-play” reforms, and to consider legislation that would restore $230 million of the $1.4 billion that the Governor cut from the budget in August, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

The Illinois Senate voted unanimously September 22 to concur with the Houseof Representative’s override of the Governor's controversial changes made to long-awaited ethics legislation. House Bill 824, which will go into effect on January 1, 2009, bans campaign contributions from contractors who do more than $50,000 in state business to declared candidates for the office that would award a contract to the donor.

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