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Oak Park Town Hall w/Rep. Camille Lilly
July 15, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Oak Park Public Library (Veteran’s Room)
834 Lake Street, Oak Park

West Chicago Township Property Tax Assessment Appeal Forum
July 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Malcolm X College
1900 W. Van Buren Street, Chicago, IL

Town Hall Meeting w/Sen. Harmon and Rep. Willis
July 23, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Northlake City Council Chambers
55 E. North Avenue, Northlake

Oak Park Township Property Tax Assessment Appeal Forum
July 30, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Percy Julian Middle School
416 S. Ridgeland Avenue, Oak Park, IL

Proviso Township Property Tax Assessment Appeal Forum
August 5, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Broadview Baptist Church
2100 S. 25th Avenue, Broadview, IL

Mortgage Relief & Foreclosure Prevention Workshop
September 6, 2014 from 9 to 1 pm (registration until noon)
Triton College
2000 Fifth Avenue, River Grove, IL

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."

Read more: Elmwood Park Library awarded youth technology program grant

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/.

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

Illinois to make $30 million investment in solar energy

SolarEnergyRSPRINGFIELD – Under a new law that takes effect today, the state of Illinois will invest $30 million in solar energy next year. This investment will likely create hundreds of new jobs, generate 15 megawatts of solar energy and reduce pollution.

“Increasing our investment in clean energy creates jobs, protects the environment and reduces our dependence on fossil fuels,” said State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park), the law’s sponsor. “Over the past few years, we’ve seen wind energy take off in Illinois. I hope that this investment starts a similar revolution in solar energy.”

According to information from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Illinois has the second greatest solar energy potential in the Midwest.

Read more: Illinois to make $30 million investment in solar energy

Harmon Statement on the CTA Blue Line Modernization Plan

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Statement from Senator Don Harmon (D - Oak Park) on the CTA Blue Line Modernization Plan:

Upon reading the article on CTA Blue Line station closures from today's Wednesday Journal, I contacted the CTA immediately, concerned that the future of the stations had been determined prematurely and without adequate community input.

I was heartened to learn that, in fact, the contrary is true.  The headline and story as printed this morning in the Wednesday Journal unfortunately are misleading.  Although the headline states that blue line entrances at East, Lombard and Circle “would be lost,”  the CTA clarified for me that, in fact, its own planners are against the idea of closing the second station entrances at those locations.  The CTA planners recognize that such steps reduce transit access.  While the idea of “compact”  design may be under discussion for other stops along the entire Blue Line that do NOT currently have two entrances, that idea is, at this point, not on the table for the stations mentioned.  I believe we need to explain this point more clearly to our constituents.

As you know, I have been following CTA blue line modernization plans very closely.  From the start, it has been my goal to work with the CTA, Oak Park, the City of Chicago and the surrounding communities, to expand and improve transit service and make much-needed improvements to the blue line stations.  Transit greatly benefits our community, helping us avoid traffic on the roadways, providing environmental benefits, and providing affordable transportation options for all households.  I remain vigilant and committed to improving transit facilities and ensuring continued access for Oak Park and other area riders.

Click here to add your name to Senator Harmon's petition in support of reliable and efficient public transit service in our communities.

To read more about the CTA Blue Line Modernization Plan, click here.