‘Right to try’ bill for terminally ill on Rauner’s desk

A law to give terminally ill patients access to medicines that have passed Phase 1 of the FDA approval process but are not yet on pharmacy shelves has passed the state House and Senate with bipartisan, near unanimous support. Gov. Bruce Rauner has 60 days to sign or veto the bill once it reaches his… [Continue Reading]


FY16 Budget Update

Rep. Greg Harris • 13th District Springfield Update • May 15, 2015     Last week, Speaker Mike Madigan and I began to introduce a series of amendments which will define the FY16 budget for the General Assembly. Both the House and Senate have spent the last several months holding public hearings across the state… [Continue Reading]


Dems, GOP continue House budget scrum

SPRINGFIELD — Democrats and Republicans tussled again in the Illinois House on Wednesday as the Democrats continued to build a fiscal year 2016 human services budget without traditional negotiation. Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, started the fireworks Wednesday afternoon as he introduced more floor amendments to an existing budget measure, House Bill 4141. First up was… [Continue Reading]

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Free Shred Day & Ravenswood Chamber

  The Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce Celebration     Come celebrate the launch of the Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce at the Architectural Artifacts’ gorgeous Bubble Gallery located at 4325 N Ravenswood Ave on Thursday May 28 from 5-8 PM and get to know your neighbors while meeting the new faces of Ravenswood’s new… [Continue Reading]


GOP cries foul as Democrats dump Rauner cuts

19 hours ago  •  Kurt Erickson kurt.erickson@lee.net SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House slapped down a key piece of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget proposal Wednesday, sending a message to Republicans that the governor’s plan to slash spending on social services is likely going nowhere. In a move that GOP lawmakers decried as a stunt, longtime House Speaker… [Continue Reading]


House Dems reject Rauner’s proposed cuts to human services

SPRINGFIELD — Democrats who control the Illinois House sent a clear message Wednesday to GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner that they oppose his proposed cuts to human services in next year’s budget, foreshadowing what could be weeks of tense negotiations before the Legislature’s scheduled May 31 adjournment. The caucus that controls the chamber with a veto-proof… [Continue Reading]


House Democrats reject Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed human services cuts

By Doug Finke of GateHouse Media Illinois SPRINGFIELD — Sending a message to Gov. Bruce Rauner, House Democrats engineered defeat of a portion of Rauner’s budget plan, showing they will not accept deep cuts to human services programs. Instead, in a long series of votes, the House Democrats voted to reverse the cuts Rauner called… [Continue Reading]


Mihalopoulos: Rauner’s budget cuts rain on immigrants’ parade to freedom

Everybody loves a parade — though nobody might love a Chicago ethnic parade more than the politicians on the ballot in an upcoming election. Before last year’s statewide voting and this spring’s city election, many candidates wouldn’t trade a spot at the front of an ethnic parade for all the gyros in Greektown or every… [Continue Reading]


Impacts of Gov. Rauner’s proposed FY16 Budget

For the last several weeks, I have been chairing hearings into the impacts and effects of cuts to programs and services that would be imposed by Governor Rauner’s FY16 proposed budget.  As an Appropriation Chair and Budget Oversight Committee member, I have been examining effects on healthcare, human services, seniors, children and public health. Other… [Continue Reading]


Attorney General Madigan Applauds House Passage of Bill to Allow Video, Audio Monitoring in Nursing Homes

Springfield —(ENEWSPF)—April 21, 2015. Attorney General Lisa Madigan today applauded the members of the Illinois House of Representatives after it passed her proposal to allow nursing home residents and their families to place video or audio monitoring devices in their rooms to help ensure their safety and well-being. House Bill 2462 sponsored by Rep. Greg… [Continue Reading]