Shred It and Forget About It!!

Rep. Greg Harris • 13th District District Update • July 18, 2016 Shred It and Forget About It (Again) Back by Popular Demand!!     Do you have boxes of documents that you need to get rid of?  How about old cell phones or electronics?  On Saturday, July 23 from 9:00 a.m. till 12:00 pm. […]

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Illinois moving forward with changes to program for elderly

Dan Petrella Times Bureau SPRINGFIELD — Despite a bill on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk that would block its plans, the Illinois Department on Aging is moving forward with proposed changes to a program that provides care to elderly Illinoisans so they can remain in their homes. The department’s community care program is designed to keep people […]

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Stopgap Budget

Rep. Greg Harris • 13th District Springfield Update • July 1, 2016   Stopgap Budget   After months of crisis following Governor Rauner’s vetoes of the FY16 state budget, we finally have a compromise stopgap budget, SB 2047 along with its companion legislation, signed and in place to cover FY16 and the first 6 months […]

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HOUSE DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS INTRODUCE ILLINOIS GUN CONTROL MEASURE

KEVIN HOFFMAN Reboot Illinois Suspected terrorists and people considered a threat to public safety would be barred from obtaining firearms under a bill in the Illinois House. The proposal, which has bipartisan support, was filed by state Rep. Gregory Harris, D-Chicago, on June 21, a day after the U.S. Senate rejected four gun control measures […]

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New Springfield guns plan gets Rifle Association backing

Mike Riopell State-level gun legislation in response to the Orlando attacks has emerged in Illinois, led by a Chicago Democrat and more than one suburban Republican. The new proposal in Springfield would let the Illinois State Police notify the FBI if someone on a terrorist watch list applies to get a Firearm Owners Identification card […]

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Illinois women hit ‘disproportionally hard’ by record state budget impasse

 by Monique Garcia and Kim GeigerContact Reporter Chicago Tribune As Illinois government has lurched along for nearly a year without a formal budget, women who rely on state services have been among those suffering the most. Frozen out of the haphazard funding system that’s emerged during the impasse are social service providers, many of them not-for-profit organizations […]

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State Budget Update

Rep. Greg Harris • 13th District Springfield Update • June 2, 2016   State Budget Update   As you know, Illinois is in an unprecedented situation never before seen in the history of the US. In his first year in office, Governor Rauner used his total veto power to veto the entire FY16 state budget […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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