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Harmon: Time to replace state's broken flat tax with a fairer tax system

The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times on September 23:

The Sun-Times recently published an article that shed light on a major problem facing Illinois: we have one of the most unfair tax systems in the United States.

The article was about a study from WalletHub that ranks the fairness of tax systems. Illinois’ system ranks 47th in the nation — less fair than every other state in the Midwest.

A study published earlier this year by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy put Illinois in its “Terrible Ten” because our taxation system is so unfair.

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Harmon earns excellent rating from Citizen Action

Harmon 2014Citizen Action/Illinois, Illinois' largest public interest organization, has given State Senator Don Harmon 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.

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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.

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Elmwood Park Library awarded youth technology program grant

Elmwood Park LibraryState Senator Don Harmon is pleased to announce that Secretary of State Jesse White's office has renewed the Elmwood Park Library's Project Next Generation program by providing the library with a $12,500 grant.

Project Next Generation was launched in 2000 to help connect students who have limited access to computers with the latest technology.

"Computers are such a common part of our society that we sometimes forget that there are families who simply can't afford them," Harmon said. "This program helps ensure that all children – regardless of their families' incomes – have the computer skills they need to succeed in college or the working world."

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Illinois citizens will have even more voting options this year, thanks to new law

IMG 1343 2RSPRINGFIELD – A new law signed by the governor today will make it even easier and more convenient for citizens to vote in the upcoming general election. The law expands opportunities to vote early and to vote by mail. It also creates a one-year pilot program that allows grace period voting on Election Day.

“Voting is a right and a vital part of our country’s social and political fabric,” said State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park), who sponsored the new law. “To encourage people to participate, we should be doing everything we can to make it easier to vote without weakening the integrity of the voting system.”

The new law is part of Senator Harmon’s continued efforts to bring Illinois’ voter registration laws into the 21st century by making it easier for citizens to register and to vote. Last year, he passed a law allowing Illinois citizens to register to vote online. That service is now available at https://ova.elections.il.gov/.

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