Illinois’ Budget Realities

Illinois’ Budget Realities Alexandra Silets | Travis Cornejo | January 5, 2015 11:00 am Governor-elect Bruce Rauner is facing a bleak fiscal reality when he takes the oath of office on Jan. 12. The current budget is short $1.4 billion in funding which could force some state agencies to shut down by February. And with… [Continue Reading]


2014 Action Summary and 2015 Legislative Agenda

As we prepare to end this year and begin a new one, I wanted to recap legislative items which I passed this year, and lay out my current legislative agenda for the 99th General Assembly, which begins in January of 2015.   I am very happy that a number of pieces of legislation of which… [Continue Reading]

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Illinois Ebola Preparedness

  Yesterday, as Chairman of the House Appropriations Human Services Committee I attended a briefing with Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Illinois Emergency Management Authority (IEMA), State Fire Marshal and hospital representatives on preparedness steps being taken in case a person with Ebola symptoms should present in… [Continue Reading]

Ebola Press Conference October 8, 2014

November 4 Election Deadlines and Info

One of the most important duties and privileges we have as citizens is to cast our vote and elect leaders at the federal, state and local levels.  Tuesday, November 4 is the next General Election. There is still time to register to vote, and in addition to in-person voting on Election Day, you can vote… [Continue Reading]


Fall 2014 Fundraiser Invitation

  Please join us Thursday, September 25 5:30 to 7:30 The Cherry Bar–Sidetrack 3349 N. Halsted in Chicago for an evening of friends, beverages and conversation. Click here  to print a formal invitation and here to print a response

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FY 15 Budget

The House and Senate have passed a budget for FY15 and sent it to the Governor for his signature.  Unfortunately, there were not sufficient votes to extend our current income tax rates, which will result in a colossal hole in our state finances when the current income tax rates sunset on December 31, 2014.  … [Continue Reading]

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House votes to restore Medicaid cuts, pay old bills and fund construction projects

The Illinois House voted today to restore several cuts to Medicaid and to tack more than $1 billion in spending onto the current fiscal year’s budget.Senate Bill 741 would rollback several Medicaid program reductions that were cut under sweeping Medicaid reforms approved in 2012. The bill would restore podiatry services and preventative dental care for adults…. [Continue Reading]


FY2015 Proposed Budget Highlights

  The Appropriations—Human Services Committee which I chair has approved a series of budget bills which set out spending which prioritizes resources for families and communities around the state.  Our priorities include increasing support for childcare, community mental health and substance abuse providers, supportive housing, efforts to support the work of the Heroin Task Force… [Continue Reading]

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Nursing Homes, SEIU Urge Lawmakers to Extend 2011Illinois Income Tax Hike

(Springfield, IL) ­ – The Illinois nursing home industry, a top labor union, and a key Democratic lawmaker called on legislators yesterday to extend the temporary income tax surcharge. The Health Care Council of Illinois, SEIU Healthcare, Illinois and Indiana, and State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) warned that serious Illinois budget cuts to care for… [Continue Reading]


State Rep. Greg Harris’ behind-the-scenes dealing brought adoption of same-sex marriage to Illinois

It was May 31, 2013, and the cause of same-sex marriage rights was gusting through America like a spring squall. Public opinion had recently swung around on the issue so dramatically that it took even its long-time proponents by surprise. The earlier trend of states outlawing gay marriage had completely looped back on itself in… [Continue Reading]