Governor Rauner’s Budget Speech

  This week the Governor presented the annual Budget Address, a constitutionally mandated event which has been repeated every year for our 198 year history.  However, this year’s speech rapidly turned into a spectacle like President Trump’s news conference yesterday. No one remembers ever seeing anything quite like it before in Illinois. There was even […]

End of Session 99th General Assembly

  In the last days of the 99th General Assembly the House passed several key pieces of legislation, including funding to our colleges, universities and MAP Grants, as well as to senior programs, children and youth programs, funding for mental health, substance abuse, violence prevention, housing and services for homeless youth, domestic violence shelters, the […]

2016 Veto Session

Rep. Greg Harris • 13th District Springfield Update • December 2, 2016   2016 Veto Session Update   The fall 2016 Veto Session of the General Assembly had a few highlights, but far more lowlights.  Among the highlights were the passage of legislation that takes major steps toward stabilizing 2 of the City of Chicago’s […]

Early Voting Begins

Rep. Greg Harris • 13th District District Update • October 21, 2016 Early Voting Begins Monday!   Your vote matters more in this election than any in recent memory.  There are several ways to cast your vote.  Starting Monday October 24 you will be able to vote at any site in each Ward of the […]

Time to take out the trash and shred it!!

Rep. Greg Harris • 13th District District Update • September 26, 2016   Time to take out the trash and shred it!!   Do you have boxes of documents that you need to get rid of?  On Saturday October 1 from 9AM to 12PM Representative Greg Harris and Alderman 47th Ward Ameya Pawar along with […]

Shred It and Forget About It!!

Rep. Greg Harris • 13th District District Update • July 18, 2016 Shred It and Forget About It (Again) Back by Popular Demand!!     Do you have boxes of documents that you need to get rid of?  How about old cell phones or electronics?  On Saturday, July 23 from 9:00 a.m. till 12:00 pm. […]

Stopgap Budget

Rep. Greg Harris • 13th District Springfield Update • July 1, 2016   Stopgap Budget   After months of crisis following Governor Rauner’s vetoes of the FY16 state budget, we finally have a compromise stopgap budget, SB 2047 along with its companion legislation, signed and in place to cover FY16 and the first 6 months […]

State Budget Update

Rep. Greg Harris • 13th District Springfield Update • June 2, 2016   State Budget Update   As you know, Illinois is in an unprecedented situation never before seen in the history of the US. In his first year in office, Governor Rauner used his total veto power to veto the entire FY16 state budget […]

Human Services ‘Bridge’ Funding Bill

Human Services ‘Bridge’ Funding Bill   Yesterday, in a very refreshing show of bi-partisan will, the House and Senate both approved legislation I introduced to send partial emergency funding to human services providers for FY16.  I want to thank my colleagues in both Chambers and on both sides of the aisle for sending this to […]

My 2016 Legislative Agenda

Rep. Greg Harris • 13th District Springfield Update • April 7, 2016  My 2016 Legislative Agenda   As you know, I chair the House Appropriation—Human Services Committee and we are now in an unprecedented 10th month of our fiscal year since Governor Rauner vetoed this year’s entire budget other than K-12 approps.  While some services […]