Senator Harmon announces support for North Avenue improvements

IL-64ROAK PARK - Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park), Representative Camille Lilly (D-Chicago) and Alderman Deborah Graham announced today that the Illinois Department of Transportation is awarding a $225,000 planning grant for improvements to North Avenue, Illinois Route 64. These funds will be used to plan roadway enhancements on the segment of North Avenue between Oak Park and Central Avenues, in partnership with the City of Chicago and the Village of Oak Park.  
“I am thrilled we have secured these funds for North Avenue,” Senator Harmon said.  “This roadway is the heart of an important business district and is vital to many of the neighborhoods that I represent from Chicago to the western suburbs.  This grant will enhance safety, improve livability and promote economic development.”

Senator Harmon and Representative Lilly worked with Alderman Deborah Graham of Chicago’s 29th Ward, as well as neighborhood community groups, in support of the application, which was submitted by the City of Chicago.  

Plan to make Election Day voter registration permanent passes General Assembly

120214CM0095RSPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers have passed a plan to make voting even easier in 2016. Modeled after a successful 2014 pilot program, it allows same day registration on Election Day and extended early voting.

“Making it easier to vote encourages people to participate in our democracy,” said State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park), the measure’s sponsor. “I believe we should do everything we can to make voting easier. The more people who vote and participate in government, the better.”

Under Harmon’s plan, people will be able to register and vote on Election Day. In Illinois’ larger counties (with populations over 100,000), voters will be able to register at their local precincts. In smaller counties that lack the resources to handle in-precinct registration, same day registration will be available in the county clerk’s main office and certain large towns.

Harmon earns excellent rating from Citizen Action

HarmonHeadshotRSPRINGFIELD – Citizen Action/Illinois, Illinois’ largest public interest organization, has given State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) an excellent rating for his voting record in the General Assembly over the past two years.

"Senator Harmon’s voting record for the 98th General Assembly is, without a doubt, a testament to his commitment to working families, civil rights and consumer advocacy," said William McNary, Citizen Action/Illinois’ co-director.

Citizen Action/Illinois has led campaigns for lower utility rates, fair taxes, affordable and quality health care, insurance and campaign finance reform, and stronger environmental and food safety protections. Harmon voted with Citizen Action 92 percent of the time in 2013 and 2014.

Harmon named “Environmental Champion” by Illinois Environmental Council

IL Env. CouncilSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Environmental Council, a 39-year-old organization that serves as the voice of the environmental community in the state capital, has named State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) a “100% Environmental Champion” in 2014.

“Don Harmon is a leader for the environment in Springfield,” said IEC Executive Director Jen Walling.

Harmon voted in support of every piece of legislation supported by the council.

Sen. President Harmon

Senate President Don Harmon

President of the Senate
39th District
Years served:
2003 - Present

Committee assignments: Executive; Judiciary; Subcommittee on Election Law (Sub-Chairperson); Subcommittee on Const. Amendments (Sub-Chairperson); Subcommittee on Business Entities (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