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Harmon moves to expand safe zones for immigrants in Illinois

harmon 041018SPRINGFIELD –State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) passed a measure out of committee today that would create safe zones from immigration enforcement in Illinois.

The legislation prohibits state and local law enforcement from carrying out federal immigration efforts at locations including state-funded schools, state-funded medical treatment and health care facilities, public libraries, facilities operated by the Secretary of State, and state courts.

These safe zones were in the original version of the Trust Act that passed the Senate but were amended in the House and not in the final version signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner last year.

“Immigrants in Illinois are hardworking people who contribute to our communities,” Harmon said. “They have built their homes here. They are raising their families here. They should be treated like human beings, not taken away like criminals when they drop their children off at school.”

According to a 2014 study by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, roughly 68 percent of undocumented immigrants participate in the labor force in Illinois, a higher rate than that of the general public (66 percent).

Harmon’s measure also prohibit applications for state benefits from asking for information related to citizenship or immigration status unless otherwise required by law.

Senate Bill 35 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee 8-4 today and moves to the full Senate for consideration.

Harmon announces petition to tell Rauner to support gun dealer licensing

gun petition 033018On March 13, the eve of a nationwide school walkout to demand gun reform, Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a measure that would crack down on illegal weapon trafficking by licensing gun dealers at the state level.

The Gun Dealer Licensing Act was the result of years of bipartisan negotiations. It passed the Senate last April and the House in February.

Rather than listen to the wishes of his constituents – 85 percent of whom support licensing gun dealers – the governor sided with the NRA and the small percentage who oppose it.

Harmon to pursue override of gun dealer licensing veto

harmon 031518SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) issued the following statement on his intent to override the governor’s veto of the Gun Dealer Licensing Act:

“I wasn’t able to move to override the governor’s veto today, because the Senate has yet to receive his veto.

“Assuming we receive it by the time we return on April 10, I will move to override it, and I am hopeful that my colleagues will join me in making sure this commonsense measure becomes law.”

The Gun Dealer Licensing Act passed the Senate last April and passed the House in February with bipartisan support.

Harmon, activists urge governor to sign Gun Dealer Licensing Act

harmon 031218State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) today joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson, fellow legislators, gun violence prevention advocates and victims of gun violence in calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign the Gun Dealer Licensing Act.

The measure would allow Illinois to license gun dealers, holding corrupt dealers accountable and cracking down on straw purchases. According to a 2014 report from the University of Chicago Crime Lab, almost 20 percent of all guns recovered from crimes scenes in Chicago from 2009-2013 came from three of the state’s 2,400 dealers.

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