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Sen. Harris asks for investigation of police practices in Chicago

harris athletehealthcareSPRINGFIELD – Senator Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey) recently contacted the U.S. Attorney General after reports in the media raised concerns about violation of basic human and constitutional rights at Homan Square, calling for an investigation of policing practices in Chicago.

Homan Square is a Chicago police warehouse where a number of detainees have reported being mistreated by police.

“Transparency protects our police officers and the people they interact with,” Harris said. “When 7,000 people are held by police with few public records, it raises red flags and I feel we have a responsibility to look further into it.”

Harris' economic task force signed into law

harris eeoSPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by State Senator Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey) creating an Equal Economic Opportunity Task Force was signed into law this week.

This legislation creates a task force to examine barriers to economic opportunities in economically depressed communities, issues discouraging local investment, community concerns, current economic conditions and establishes comprehensive economic development policy for businesses of all size.

“I am thrilled to see this legislation become law. This marks an important step forward in creating successful economic development in communities that are facing real economic trouble,” said Harris. “This task force will create the path to thriving local businesses, economic development, and allow the people in our communities to have the opportunity to start businesses.”

The task force will perform research on the stated areas and will be required to prepare a report summarizing the findings of their examinations. Recommendations will be provided as to whether further legislation is needed to address the problems identified by the task force.

The legislation, House Bill 3840, was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner.

Senator Harris working to improve economic conditions for local business

harris-eeoSPRINGFIELD – Legislation passed the Illinois Senate today creating an Equal Economic Opportunity Task Force. State Senator Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey) is the chief Senate sponsor of the measure.

This legislation creates a task force to examine barriers to economic opportunities in economically depressed communities, issues discouraging local investment, community concerns, current economic conditions and establishes comprehensive economic development policy for businesses of all size.

“Task forces like the one this legislation is proposing can be an important first step in creating successful economic development in communities that are facing troubles,” Harris said. “I want to see local businesses thrive. I want to see economic development grow to new levels, and see people in our communities have the opportunity to start businesses. The first step in this process is research.”

The task force will research the stated areas and will be required to prepare a report summarizing the findings of their examinations. Recommendations will be provided as to whether further legislation is needed to address the problems identified by the task force.

The Legislation, House Bill 3840, passed the Senate today and will be sent to the governor’s desk.

Senator Harris working to improve minority business contracts

harris-min-cntrctSpringfield, IL – Legislation sponsored by Senator Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey) that would raise the state's contract goal for minority and women-owned businesses from 10 percent to 20 percent passed out of committee today.  

Senate Bill 275 increases opportunity for minority and women owned businesses to win state construction contracts. It would require building construction contracts in excess of $250,000 be unbundled or subject to separate and independent bidding processes for each of the five required subdivisions of work. For instance, it would separate plumbing from general contract work.

“This legislation is vital to our communities,” Harris said. “I have been holding local meetings and Minority Business Summits to speak with individuals about legislation that would allow their businesses to thrive. Over and over again I have heard the stark reality of the struggles minority and women-owned businesses face when trying to secure construction contracts. My goal is to ease the burden on these business owners, and give them an equal chance when it comes to winning state contracts.”

Sen. Harris also passed Senate Bill 276 out of committee requiring state agencies to hold pre-bid conferences at a location in the area where the work will take place.

“This is common sense,” said Harris. “Why should individuals who are looking for business opportunities have to drive outside of the area where the proposed business is going to take place?”

Senate Bill 275 and Senate Bill 276 both passed the Senate Commerce and Economic Development Committee today and will be sent to the Senate floor for debate.

Sen. Napoleon B. Harris III

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Majority Caucus Whip
15th Legislative District

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Executive; Human Services; Insurance (Chairperson); Telecommunications & InfoTechnology (Vice-Chairperson); Supplier Diversity, Special Com. On; Pension Investments Special Com. On..

Biography: Entrepreneur and legislator; from Dixmoor; B.A. in Communications, Northwestern University; Postgraduate certificate, Northwestern Kellogg School of Business Management; former NFL linebacker; married (wife, Nicole); three children (sons, Napoleon Harris IV, Noah & daughter, Nahla).

Associated Representatives:
William Davis
Thaddeus Jones