Rauner end run to cut budget another flashpoint in impasse

Monique Garcia Contact Reporter Chicago Tribune Thwarted by lawmakers in his efforts to dramatically cut state spending, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has turned to a workaround, using an obscure rule-making process to repeatedly tighten eligibility requirements for numerous social service programs for children, the elderly and the disabled. The tactic is another front in his ongoing battle […]


Greg Harris, Heather Steans Receive Award for ‘Pivotal’ Work on IL Budget

Josh McGhee · DNAinfo Reporter UPTOWN — State Rep. Greg Harris and state Sen. Heather Steans were awarded the From the Heart award Thursday during a visit to Heartland Health Centers. The annual award is given to those “who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to promoting and providing quality health care.” The two “have […]


House Passes Bill To Preserve Home Services Eligibility Requirements

From Progress Illinois The Illinois House on Wednesday approved legislation aimed at blocking the Rauner administration’s proposal to make it harder for seniors and people with disabilities to qualify for home services programs. Rauner has proposed raising the minimum eligibility, or “Determination of Need,” score from 29 to 37 for the Home Services Program for people with disabilities […]


Critics assail Rauner administration’s proposed public aid changes

Debra Hamilton and her disabled daughter were among dozens of critics of proposed changes to Illinois public aid rules at a Department of Human Services hearing on Wednesday. The Rauner administration is seeking to revise the appeals process for those denied or terminated from aid programs including Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance […]


Rauner, lawmakers focus on smaller projects in budget mess

BY JOHN O’CONNOR AP Political Writer  Illinois legislators and Gov. Bruce Rauner bickered over potholes, airplanes and other smaller-ticket items Tuesday as officials prepared to answer a contempt charge in federal court alleging the cash-strapped state missed a deadline to pay some service providers. A court hearing was scheduled Wednesday for the state to […]

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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Seniors Protest over Cuts

Protesters angry over cuts to home care assistance for seniors temporarily stopped cars along one of Chicago’s busiest streets. 22 protesters blocked off traffic on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue for a few minutes, with hundreds more cheering them on from the sidewalk. That crowd included legislators entangled in the budget fight, like State Rep. Greg Harris […]


Moral Monday’ Activists Protest Against State Budget Impasse, Block Traffic On Michigan Avenue

Taken from Progress Illinois by Ashlee Rezin Monday August 24th, 2015, 7:20pm Nearly two dozen protesters upset over the state budget stalemate were ticketed Monday morning for blocking traffic on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago. The “Moral Monday” demonstration brought over 100 protesters with Fair Economy Illinois, a group that supports “fair-share” state revenue options over […]


Bill to allow monitoring in nursing homes now law

CHICAGO — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced that her proposal to help ensure the safety and well-being of nursing home residents was signed into law. House Bill 2462, sponsored by Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) and Sen. Terry Link (D-Waukegan), was passed by the General Assembly with overwhelming support and allows residents and their families […]


Child Care Advocates, Elected Officials: Time To Up The Pressure On Rauner Over Budget Cuts

Taken from Progress Illinois by Ellyn Fortino   Chicago parents and child care providers pledged Thursday to ramp up pressure on Gov. Bruce Rauner over his cuts to a programthat helps low-income working families afford daycare. U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL,9) and state Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) joined child care workers and parents in denouncing Rauner’semergency changes to the […]


Federal Funds Appropriation

Rep. Greg Harris • 13th District Springfield Update • August 13, 2015   Federal Funds Appropriation    Yesterday, the House passed an amended version of SB2042 which would appropriate federal funds and select Other State Funds which Governor Rauner and the Republicans would support. (Amendment #3).   The House Democrats also wished to add appropriations […]