SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WLS) — Illinois lawmakers have hours remaining to pass a state budget. If a deal isn’t reached by Wednesday, funding for certain state agencies will be lost. Governor Rauner is telling workers they should still report to work and they will get paid, even if a deal isn’t reached. If July 1st arrives… [Continue Reading]


Emergency One Month Budget

    Following Governor Rauner’s veto of the entire State budget (other than K-12 funds) last week, today the state government runs out of the authority to spend money on any services or programs.  Today, Speaker Madigan presented an emergency one month budget to provide funding for certain essential public safety/disaster response functions and to… [Continue Reading]


As Illinois Government Shutdown Looms, Calls For Progressive Revenues Intensify

As the budget impasse in Springfield continues and Illinois moves closer to a government shutdown, a diverse coalition of “fair share” revenue advocates unveiled a “people’s budget” plan on Monday that they say would bring in billions in new funds for the state. Spearheaded by the Grassroots Collaborative and its partners, the coalition held an emergency meeting in Chicago at Mt…. [Continue Reading]


Chicago’s LGBT community celebrates marriage victory at Sidetrack

3/13 4/13 9/13 Chicago, IL — Ald. Tom Tunney was working out Friday morning when he was approached and given a random hug.  He knew why.Art Johnston, meanwhile, was at home Friday morning, with his television fixed to MSNBC, as always.  He heard the announcement, albeit a couple minutes after it actually was made, and immediately… [Continue Reading]

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Budget Town Hall Meeting & ComEd Recycling

Rep. Greg Harris • 13th District District Update • June 18, 2015   Budget Town Hall Meeting On Wednesday June 24 from 7:00 pm -8:30pm at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church located at 5649 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660 Rep. Harris along with Sen. Heather Steans and Rep. Kelly Cassidy will be hosting a… [Continue Reading]


State Rep. Greg Harris gets vaccinated for meningitis at Howard Brown Health Center

Harris and his Chief of Staff urge those at risk to roll up their sleeves in order to protect themselves and the community Chicago, IL — In response to the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) confirming four cases of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) among men who have sex with men (MSM), on Monday, June… [Continue Reading]


Remember to Shred It and Forget About It!!!

  Don’t forget its spring cleaning season!  The time is now to get rid of those boxes of documents collecting dust and space in your house!  How about old cell phones or electronics?  Tomorrow June 6, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. till noon. Rep. Greg Harris and Ald. James Cappleman will be hosting a Shred Day… [Continue Reading]


Rauner and General Assembly to take budget fight into summer

For the moment, it doesn’t look like legislators will be getting much of a break this summer.State legislators left town May 31 at the close of their spring session, but leaders in both houses warned them they’d have to be back soon, likely within days. Democrats approved a $36 billion budget for the state, which… [Continue Reading]


Spring Session Update

    The very contentious spring session of the General Assembly has ended, and  now we will continue to work throughout the summer.  I am happy to say that legislation I introduced was passed by both the House and the Senate and is now on its way to the Governor: Nursing Home Cameras. In conjunction… [Continue Reading]

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Dems want Rauner to testify over why money for ‘frailest, most vulnerable’ went to $250k appointee

SPRINGFIELD — House Democrats on Thursday asked Gov. Bruce Rauner to appear before a House committee to explain why the governor’s office arranged to have his $250,000-a-year education czar paid out of money meant for “the frailest and most vulnerable populations in the state.” The move follows a Chicago Sun-Times story, which revealed that Rauner’s office penned… [Continue Reading]