45th District Senate Race

Republican incumbent Tim Bivens and Democratic newcomer Marty Mulcahey participated in a forum at Highland Community College Wednesday night.

Mulcahey says his top three priorities are jobs, education funding and ethics reform. Bivens says it's cleaning up the budget mess in Springfield, Medicaid reform and better state infrastructure. Bivens told the crowd that his record as a Lee County Sheriff makes him a stand-out while Mulcahey says it's his familiarity with Illinois politics starting at a young age.

"It's a proven record, proven experience. I was sheriff of Lee county. I was the longest-serving sheriff for Lee County in the history for 20 years," Bivens said.

"I understand Springfield. Having worked with the Illinois House of Representatives right out of college. Right out of college, I got a very early introduction to the workings in Springfield," Mulcahey said.

They also talked about criminal issues, like whether or not to lower the age of a juvenile to be tried as an adult. Mulcahey says no while Bivens says it depends on the crime.

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