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Senator Harmon announces funding for park improvements

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Don Harmon is pleased to announce that funding has been approved for local park projects in the 39th District.

“I am thrilled that we are able to partner with local communities to support these important projects,” Harmon said. “Our parks provide wonderful gathering places for outdoor recreation to improve public health and welfare, and enhance the well-being of the entire community. It is a pleasure to support these improvements.” 

The project funding is provided through the state’s Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development program (OSLAD), administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR). 

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Senators Lightford and Harmon announce funding for Maple Park upgrades

Maple ParkROAK PARK – State Senators Kimberly A. Lightford and Don Harmon are pleased to announce $400,000 in state funding for the Park District of Oak Park’s continued renovation of Maple Park. 

“Parks are an invaluable community resource,” Lightford said. “They encourage our children to play outside and lead active lives, and they give adults the opportunity to get healthy exercise.”

“Our parks provide wonderful gathering places for outdoor recreation to improve public health and welfare and enhance the well-being of the entire community,” Harmon said. “It is a pleasure to support these projects.”

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Harmon: Illinois needs a Fair Tax (VIDEO)

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State Senator Don Harmon believes that voters deserve the opportunity to decide whether or not the state of Illinois should have a Fair Tax or keep its current flat tax system. He’s introduced a constitutional amendment to put the question on the ballot in November.

“Changing the Illinois Constitution to allow us to create a Fair Tax will allow us to apply lower rates to lower income levels and higher rates to higher income levels,” Harmon explained.

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State Senator Don Harmon reacts to the governor’s budget proposal

State Senator Don Harmon reacts to the governor’s budget proposal:

032614 js 0737csR“The governor’s budget address made clear that we have an important decision to make this year that will determine the path of our state for years to come.

Do we turn our backs on some of the state’s basic responsibilities, like providing a high quality education to Illinois’ children, helping low-income seniors stay in their homes, investing in transportation and other infrastructure that will help improve our economy, and making sure families have affordable child care? Or do we chart another course?

The governor laid out one possibility. There are others – like my Fair Tax plan – that I believe we need to discuss. What we can’t do is allow draconian cuts to devastate Illinois.”

Harmon concerned with state agencies’ plans for the future

022714 js 0499RSPRINGFIELD – At a major Senate budget hearing this morning, Illinois’ state agencies laid out their plans for addressing a 20 percent across the board funding cut, resulting from an anticipated multibillion dollar budget deficit next year. State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) finds the situation unacceptable.

“Our state cannot turn its back on fulfilling its basic responsibilities,” Harmon said. “Look at education alone. The State Board anticipates completely eliminating early childhood education, cutting off 90,000 children from preschool. It’s incredibly shortsighted to put an entire generation at risk to balance the state budget.”

Eliminating the Early Childhood Block grant will only get the State Board of Education one-third of the way to the nearly $1 billion budget cut it needs to stay in the black. School districts throughout the state will lose funding, as will other vital programs.

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Illinois Poison Center rescue plan passes Senate committee (En Español)

“Tomar acción oportuna e informada puede hacer la diferencia entre la vida y  la muerte cuando un niño ingiere un material que puede ser venenoso. No podemos permitir que el Centro de Control de Envenenamiento cierre sus puertas”, Senador Estatal, Don Harmon.

SPRINGFIELD, IL.- El plan del Senador Estatal, Don Harmon, para mantener abierto un Centro de Control de Envenenamiento pasó su primera prueba al avanzar en un comité del Senado. El centro ha padecido recortes presupuestales por años, por lo que cerrará sus puertas el último día de junio si el gobierno de Illinois no destina más fondos.

“Tomar acción oportuna e informada puede hacer la diferencia entre la vida o la muerte cuando un niño ingiere un material que puede ser venenoso. No podemos permitir que el Centro de Control de Envenenamiento cierre sus puertas”, dijo Harmon.

El Centro de Control de Envenenamiento atiende cerca de 82,000 casos por probable envenenamiento al año.

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Illinois Poison Center rescue plan passes Senate committee

“Swift, informed action can be the difference between life and death when a child swallows a potential poison. We can’t let the Illinois Poison Center close its doors.” - State Senator Don Harmon

042313br0310rSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Don Harmon’s plan to keep the Illinois Poison Center open passed its first test today when it moved out of an important Senate committee. The center has been the victim of years of repeated budget cuts, and officials expect it to close its doors for good at the end of June if Illinois government can’t find more funds.

“Swift, informed action can be the difference between life and death when a child swallows a potential poison,” said Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat. “We can’t let the Illinois Poison Center close its doors.”

The Illinois Poison Center handles nearly 82,000 cases of potential poisoning each year.

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Harmon responds to President Obama’s call for increased infrastructure investment

file5441277786833SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s $302 billion proposal to repair and expand the nation’s roads and rails:

“I agree with President Obama that we need to reinvest in America’s infrastructure. Our state and national roads, bridges, and railroads are a vital part of Chicagoland. Without constant upkeep and reinvestment from both the state and federal government, our local economy will suffer.”

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Obama: Tax overhaul should fund transportation projects