Twenty years serving as Lee County Sheriff gives Senator Tim Bivins a unique perspective in his new role as Republican Spokesperson on the Criminal Law Committee.
The 45th District Senator is pictured above in the Capitol February 13 at the first Criminal Law Committee meeting of the year.
One of the bills currently pending before the Committee is being sponsored by Senator Bivins in response to the case of a local Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) employee who was severely beaten September 29 while picking up a child in Milledgeville. That employee died February 8 as a result of her injuries.
Senator Bivins’ Senate Bill 2272 creates an aggravated sentencing factor for persons convicted of knowingly causing DCFS employees great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement.
In addition to Senator Bivins being the longest-serving sheriff in Lee County’s history, he has served on security details for a President, two Vice Presidents, three Governors and a United States Senator. He was President of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association, and served on the Department of Justice Medal of Valor Review Board, and the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission.