KEVIN HOFFMAN 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 in response […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]