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 […]


Legislative Committee Fails To Halt Rauner’s Changes To Child Care Assistance Program

The Rauner administration’s changes to the state’s Child Care Assistance Program will remain in effect, at least for now, after an Illinois legislative committee failed to block them on Tuesday. The Illinois Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) voted 6-4 along party lines to suspend the administration’s emergency rules impacting CCAP at its monthly meeting, ending up two votes shy of […]


Terminally ill patients could get access to experimental drugs

Terminally ill Illinoisans should soon be able to try experimental drugs not yet approved by federal regulators after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the proposal into law Wednesday. The law from state Sen. Michael Connelly, a Lisle Republican, is known as “right to try” legislation because it allows patients with certain diseases who have exhausted treatment […]

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Back to School Shoes for Cornerstone Shelter Kids

Help us help some wonderful kids get new shoes for the upcoming school year whose families live at Cornerstone Community Outreach shelter.  The Santa Program is starting a shoe fundraising drive for children of Cornerstone Community Outreach so that they can go and pick out a new pair of shoes for their first day of […]


July State Budget Crisis Update

  On June 25, just before the beginning of the new State fiscal year on July 1, Governor Rauner vetoed the entire state budget, except for K-12 funding, setting into motion a series of events and crises that are still unfolding.  Since the Governor chose to veto the entire State budget, as opposed to just […]

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