- Created on Thursday, 27 February 2014 16:19
“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.
- Created on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 21:37
“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
SPRINGFIELD – 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.
- Created on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 21:13
SPRINGFIELD – 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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- Created on Friday, 21 February 2014 20:52
SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) is supporting a proposed law to outlaw a practice commonly called “revenge porn” – when someone who happens to have indecent pictures of another person posts those photos on a publicly accessible website as a means of shaming and harassing that person.
“People have a right to privacy,” Harmon said. “Greater access to technology shouldn’t change that basic right.”
The legislation makes it a felony to post sexually explicit photos or videos of a person online without that person’s consent. It also makes it a felony to host a website that requires payment to take down these photos. Many such websites also post personal contact information. Violating the law would result in up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
- Created on Monday, 27 January 2014 21:09
“We cannot allow Illinois to become the only state in the Union without a poison control center. This is literally a life-and-death issue.” - State Senator Don Harmon
SPRINGFIELD – After years of federal and state budget cuts, the Illinois Poison Center is in imminent danger of closing its doors if it can’t find another source of income. State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) has a plan that could help the life-saving resource keep its doors open.
“We cannot allow Illinois to become the only state in the Union without a poison control center,” Harmon said. “This is literally a life-and-death issue.”
The Illinois Poison Center, which handles nearly 82,000 cases of potential poisoning each year, has announced that it will close June 30 if a solution cannot be found.
- Created on Thursday, 23 January 2014 17:01
“My proposal: post a sign if guns are welcome in your store. No sign? No guns.” - State Senator Don Harmon
SPRINGFIELD – Last year, Illinois passed a heavily criticized law to allow residents to carry concealed weapons. Business owners who want to keep guns off their property must now post signs saying that guns aren’t allowed inside. State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) wants to change that. He believes that businesses that welcome guns should post signs – not the businesses that don’t want guns in their shops and stores.
“Since the concealed carry law took effect, I’ve been getting question after question about where guns are allowed and where they aren’t,” Harmon said. “Let’s simplify the situation for everyone. My proposal: post a sign if guns are welcome in your store. No sign? No guns.”
Harmon’s legislation would not apply only to businesses. The owners of any private property – including churches, temples and other religious buildings – would also be able to welcome guns onto their property by posting a “guns welcome” sign.
- Created on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 17:40
Senator Don Harmon wrote the following commentary about his pension reform vote for the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park:
I’ve been assuring friends, neighbors and readers of the Wednesday Journal for months that the General Assembly would soon tackle pension reform in a meaningful way. By the time you read this, I hope to be home from Springfield having helped pass a pension reform bill that will solve the crisis today and for all time.
I’ve also warned all who would listen that whatever pension reform bill we passed would not totally satisfy anyone, and would anger stakeholders on both sides. On that point I trust we have not disappointed.
But the fact is that reform now is critical to stabilizing our state’s fiscal condition and freeing up resources for core functions such as education, human services and public safety. Reform also will fulfill our promise to public workers that pensions will be there for them in retirement.
- Created on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 21:37
OAK PARK – State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) praised Illinois’ move to become the 16th state to allow same-sex marriage.
“With this law, gay and lesbian residents of Illinois move much closer to having the same rights as everyone else in the state,” Harmon said. “This day has been a long time coming, but I know the hard work to get here has been worth it for many loving couples and their supporters.”
Senator Harmon has a long history of supporting LGBT rights. The first year he served in the Senate, he co-sponsored legislation to prohibit discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation. After many twists and turns, protections for LGBT residents were added to the Human Rights Act in 2005.