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Harmon promises ‘even better bill’ for court reporters after veto

Sen. Don HarmonSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park), issued the following statement after Gov. JB Pritzker vetoed his legislation changing rules for court reporters:

“Today, at my request, Governor Pritzker vetoed my Senate Bill 2128, a bill intended to improve the practice of court reporting in Illinois.

“After the bill passed the General Assembly, I became aware of consequences unintended at the time that would be very disruptive to pending litigation and the practice of trial law if the bill became law.

New Harmon law limits immigration enforcement by local police

harmon 040119SPRINGFIELD – Local law enforcement officers will be prevented from acting as deputized immigration enforcement agents under a new law signed today.

State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) sponsored the Keep Illinois Families Together Act in the Senate. The law will prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies and officers from entering into or remaining in an agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in order to enforce federal immigration law.

“With the toxic rhetoric surrounding immigration coming from the White House, people in my district are scared,” Harmon said. “This law takes a small step toward easing that fear by making sure they feel comfortable seeking assistance from police or reporting crimes.”

This law builds on the Trust Act, which prohibits local law enforcement from detaining someone solely on the basis of their immigration status.

House Bill 1637 is effective immediately.

Harmon: Budget keeps Illinois on path to stability

harmon 040119SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) issued the following statement today after Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law legislation setting fair tax rates:

“We took another step today toward updating our tax structure and enacting reform that will benefit middle-class and working Illinoisans.

“Our current tax system is one of the most unfair in the country. Lower-income and middle-class families shoulder a much greater burden than those making the most.

 

Harmon: Budget keeps Illinois on path to stability

harmon 040119SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) voted today for a responsible, balanced budget that keeps Illinois on its path to stability while funding much-needed programs for middle-class and working families.

“This is a responsible and balanced while funding vital programs,” Harmon said. “We are continuing to honor our commitment to ending the chaos of past years and moving toward stability for our state.”

The approved budget appropriates $375 million in additional funding for K-12 education, $25 million more than required by the evidence-based school funding formula. It also includes $50 million in new funding for early childhood education programs and expands eligibility for the Child Care Assistance Program.

Human service providers that are still struggling to recover from the previous governor’s budget crisis will receive millions in funding, from domestic violence shelters to early intervention programs.

The budget also gives a long-awaited raise to home health care workers. Those who care for seniors and individuals with disabilities are set to receive an increase of approximately $3.50 per hour.

Senator Don Harmon

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Assistant Majority Leader
39th District
 
Years served:
2003 - Present

Committee assignments: Assignments (Vice-Chairperson); Energy and Public Utilities; Executive (Vice-Chairperson); Judiciary; Labor; Revenue; Subcommittee on Election Law (Sub-Chairperson); Subcommittee on Const. Amendments (Sub-Chairperson).

Biography: Attorney; born 1966, in Oak Park; graduated St. Ignatius High School; B.A., Knox College; J.D. and M.B.A., University of Chicago; married (wife, Teresa), has three children: Don, Frances, and Margaret.

Associated Representative(s):
Camille Y. Lilly
Kathleen Willis