End of Session 99th General Assembly

  In the last days of the 99th General Assembly the House passed several key pieces of legislation, including funding to our colleges, universities and MAP Grants, as well as to senior programs, children and youth programs, funding for mental health, substance abuse, violence prevention, housing and services for homeless youth, domestic violence shelters, the […]

Autism program clients face more cutbacks connected with state funding

By Dean Olsen Staff Writer Finley Schroeder of Springfield has exceeded expectations in communicating with other children and adults despite the 4-year-old girl’s diagnosis of autism, her mother says. Kristen Abbott credited an expensive treatment known as “applied behavior analysis” therapy for helping keep her daughter’s emotional and intellectual development on a relatively even keel. […]

2016 Veto Session

Rep. Greg Harris • 13th District Springfield Update • December 2, 2016   2016 Veto Session Update   The fall 2016 Veto Session of the General Assembly had a few highlights, but far more lowlights.  Among the highlights were the passage of legislation that takes major steps toward stabilizing 2 of the City of Chicago’s […]

Madigan and Rauner meet, Republicans left scratching their heads

Tina Sfondeles @TinaSfon | email Chicago Sun-Times SPRINGFIELD — House Speaker Michael Madigan finally met with the other legislative leaders and Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday — but he left Republicans more confused than ever. The powerful Southwest Side Democrat emerged from the once postponed meeting and told reporters he’d appointed a member of his caucus as […]

Rauner, Madigan feud means state’s unpaid bills could reach $13.5 billion

Monique GarciaContact ReporterChicago Tribune Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner‘s budget office estimates the state’s backlog of unpaid bills will hit a record $13.5 billion by July if the governor and Democrats who control the General Assembly remain deadlocked over a complete spending plan, a bleak reminder of what’s at stake as negotiations begin anew. The projection […]

Early Voting Begins

Rep. Greg Harris • 13th District District Update • October 21, 2016 Early Voting Begins Monday!   Your vote matters more in this election than any in recent memory.  There are several ways to cast your vote.  Starting Monday October 24 you will be able to vote at any site in each Ward of the […]

Time to take out the trash and shred it!!

Rep. Greg Harris • 13th District District Update • September 26, 2016   Time to take out the trash and shred it!!   Do you have boxes of documents that you need to get rid of?  On Saturday October 1 from 9AM to 12PM Representative Greg Harris and Alderman 47th Ward Ameya Pawar along with […]

Cook County Inches Closer To 10,000 Same-Sex Marriages

CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County officials expect to issue the county’s 10,000th same-sex marriage license this week. Cook County became the first in Illinois to allow same-sex couples to wed in February of 2014. Since then, as of Monday morning, 9,990 marriage licenses have been issued to same sex couples, moving closer to the 10,000 […]

Orr, marriage backers anticipate 10,000 same-sex licenses

by Matt Simonette 2016-08-29 Windy City Times Just as attorney John Knight, of ACLU of Illinois, finished speaking at an Aug. 29 press conference heralding the 10,000th marriage license distributed to a same-sex couple in Cook County, County Clerk David Orr said, “I now forgive you for suing me.” While Orr was joking, his remark […]

Critical Senior Services Bill Vetoed by Governor Rauner

AARP IL Urges General Assembly to Override Veto SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Aug. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Over 40,000 Illinois vulnerable seniors will face reduced services and potentially daunting waitlists in obtaining in-home care due to Governor Rauner’s veto of the Community Care Program Protection bill.  Last Friday, the Governor vetoed a measure which safeguards in-home and […]