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Renewable Energy plan clears Illinois Senate Committee

Renewable EnergyA plan sponsored by state Senator Don Harmon and backed by the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition is moving in the Senate. Dubbed the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill, the package is expected to create an average of 32,000 good-paying jobs per year investing in solar power, wind energy and increased energy efficiency.

“We owe it to our children and grandchildren to protect the Earth. That means we have to use energy more efficiently and to start using more renewable energy,” Harmon said. “More immediately, we can create good jobs across the state. Illinois has tremendous potential to grow its solar and wind energy industries, training people for jobs that will be needed far into the foreseeable future.”

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New pawnshop regulations up for debate in Illinois Senate

PawnshopA proposed law in the Illinois Senate could make it easier to catch criminals and the pawnshops that help them fence their stolen goods. Senator Don Harmon introduced the plan in response to a local incident where Oak Park Police worked together with Cash America pawnshop to locate stolen computers and jewelry in late 2013.

“I’ve heard from many Oak Park and Chicago residents who are concerned with the proliferation of pawnshops along North Avenue,” Harmon said. “I want to make sure that these pawnshops – or any others – aren’t helping criminals profit from theft.”

Under Harmon’s measure, pawnshops would be required to hold onto items for one week before selling them or releasing them back to the people who brought them in. This holding period would ensure local police have time to check pawnshops for stolen goods during burglary investigations. It also bans pawnshops from accepting items with missing or altered serial numbers.

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Sen. Harmon reacts to Gov. Rauner's budget proposal

Sen. Harmon reacts to the governor's budget plan


Harmon urges women to take heart health seriously

RedForWomenResizedIn honor of American Hearth Month, state Senator Don Harmon joined his colleagues to spread awareness of heart disease in women.

Each year, one in three women's deaths is due to heart disease and stroke. However, 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Women's heart attack warning signs can be different than men's. Women may experience nausea, jaw and neck pain or flu-like symptoms.

"More American women die from heart disease than any other cause," Harmon said. "I want to do my part to make sure the women in our communities know about the risks and what they can do to protect themselves."

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