Human Services ‘Bridge’ Funding Bill

Human Services ‘Bridge’ Funding Bill   Yesterday, in a very refreshing show of bi-partisan will, the House and Senate both approved legislation I introduced to send partial emergency funding to human services providers for FY16.  I want to thank my colleagues in both Chambers and on both sides of the aisle for sending this to […]

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Proposed legislation a $700 million ‘stop-gap’ for various human service agencies

By Doug Finke GateHouse Media Illinois SPRINGFIELD — An Illinois House committee has given preliminary approval to legislation to spend $700 million to help out financially strapped human services. The House Human Services Appropriations Committee OK’d the measure on a unanimous vote Wednesday. However, Rep. Patti Bellock, R-Hinsdale, cautioned that Republicans were given late notice […]


House panel backs social services funds, but Rauner noncommittal

Monique Garcia and Celeste Bott  House lawmakers advanced legislation Wednesday that would pump roughly $700 million into the state’s network of social service providers, a stopgap plan aimed at curbing layoffs and closures as agencies that care for the vulnerable struggle to keep the lights on after going nearly a year without funding. While the […]


Providers back plan to block changes to home care program

Dan Petrella Lee Springfield Bureau Chief SPRINGFIELD – A big part of Diane Drew’s job is helping make sure hundreds of elderly Macon County residents receive the services they need to be able to stay in their homes. Drew is executive director of the Community Home Environmental Learning Project, a Decatur-based nonprofit organization that serves […]

Illinois Rep. Louis Lang, D-Skokie, left, and Illinois Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, talk while on the House floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Springfield, Ill. Seth Perlman AP Photo

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AARP, Advocates and Legislators Team Up to Protect Thousands of Illinois Seniors

SPRINGFIELD, Ill, April 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Illinois’ ongoing budgetary and partisan differences are threatening the life and well-being of thousands of the state’s most vulnerable citizens who may be left without critical services should Governor Rauner’s proposed cuts to the Community Care Program (CCP) go through. Taking swift action, AARP, SEIU, the Alzheimer’s Association, […]


My 2016 Legislative Agenda

Rep. Greg Harris • 13th District Springfield Update • April 7, 2016  My 2016 Legislative Agenda   As you know, I chair the House Appropriation—Human Services Committee and we are now in an unprecedented 10th month of our fiscal year since Governor Rauner vetoed this year’s entire budget other than K-12 approps.  While some services […]


Senior Rally at the Illinois Statehouse

Rep. Greg Harris and Rep. Sue Scherer advocate for senior services By Brittany Hilderbrand Illinois Times On April 5, Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago and Sue Scherer, D-Decatur spoke to senior citizens across Illinois reassuring them that they are advocates of senior services. Over 70 senior citizens from all over Illinois gathered under the Rotunda of […]


Trans birth certificate bill to go to IL House floor

by Matt Simonette 2016-04-05   The House Human Services Committee, on April 5, passed a bill 8-6 that would allow transgender Illinoisans to more easily change the gender marker on their birth certificates. The bill now moves to the House floor. HB 6073, introduced in February by openly gay state Rep. Greg Harris, allows a […]


Human Services & Higher Ed Appropriations

Rep. Greg Harris • 13th District Springfield Update • March 4, 2016   Human Services & Higher Ed Appropriations   Yesterday the House passed HB 2990 which provided appropriations for human services items, the state colleges and universities, MAP grants, adult education and other items all of which were in the FY16 budget, but were […]


Gov. Rauner’s FY17 Budget Speech

Rep. Greg Harris • 13th District Springfield Update • February 19, 2016   Gov. Rauner’s FY17 Budget Speech   Wednesday, Governor Rauner delivered his budget speech to the General Assembly for our next fiscal year, despite having no budget for the current fiscal year.  Typically, the House and Senate budget staffs and the news media […]