FRANKLIN PARK – Area residents are invited to join Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) and Franklin Park officials on Oct. 21 for a senior health and resource fair.

The event is free and open to the public. Visitors of all ages will be able to ask questions and obtain information from a variety of service and health care providers, state programs and local groups. They also can take advantage of a variety of free health screenings and discounted flu shots from Walgreens.

The Village of Franklin Park and Mayor Barrett Pedersen are co-sponsoring the event with Harmon.

Details below:

 

Friday, Oct. 21
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Community room of the Franklin Park police station, 9451 Belmont Ave.

  • Free health screenings for hearing, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose
  • Discounted flu shots from Walgreens (visitors should bring their insurance cards)
  • Drop-off site for unwanted medications
  • Utility bill analysis and monthly cost-savings tips from the Citizens Utility Board
  • Giveaways and refreshments
  • Additional representatives available from Franklin Park police and fire departments, the local park district and library, Cook County Health and Hospital System, the Illinois comptroller’s office, Leyden Family Services, Oak Street Health and more.

For more information, call Senator Harmon’s Oak Park office at 708-848-2002, the Village of Franklin Park at 847-671-8282 or visit vofp.com.

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HarmonReportersSenator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) issued the following statement today in response to a Republican-controlled think tank’s step toward curbing voter access in Illinois:

“How disappointing that on National Voter Registration Day – a day intended to remind people of their right to register and vote in this country – a blatantly political effort to quell participation in Illinois elections was able to get a toehold in a courtroom.

“Rather than seeking to scale back opportunities to register to vote in certain parts of Illinois, we should be working to expand access to the polls in all communities throughout the state.”

Harmon was the chief Senate sponsor of the 2014 same-day voter registration initiative, which was challenged in court in August by the legal arm of a conservative political think tank that is backed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. A judge on Tuesday ruled in its favor and issued a preliminary injunction barring same-day voter registration in Illinois. It’s unclear if an appeal will be filed.

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HarmonTownHallPlease join Sen. Don Harmon and Rep. Kathleen Willis this week in Bensenville for a chance to ask questions and learn more about the latest developments in Springfield.

This town hall-style discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at Bensenville Village Hall, 12 S. Center St. It is free and open to the public.

The meeting will afford constituents an opportunity to learn more about the new and ongoing challenges facing state government and to discuss issues of local importance with state lawmakers.

For more information about the event, call Sen. Harmon's office at 708-848-2002 or Rep. Willis’ office at 708-562-6970.

For those who are unable to make it Thursday, there will be another chance to meet with Sen. Harmon and Rep. Camille Lilly during a town hall meeting Wednesday, Sept. 14 in Austin.

This event, which also is free and open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Austin Town Hall, 5610 W. Lake St., Chicago.

What: Bensenville town hall meeting with Senator Harmon and Representative Willis
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8
Where: Bensenville Village Hall, 12 S. Center St.

What: Austin town hall meeting with Senator Harmon and Representative Lilly
When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14
Where: Austin Town Hall, 5610 W. Lake St., Chicago

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GunDealerSenator Don Harmon is calling on the gun-rights advocates and Gov. Bruce Rauner to do more to help state lawmakers and local communities curb gun violence and protect the children of Illinois.

Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat, is chairman of a Senate subcommittee on firearms, which heard testimony Tuesday about legislation that would restore local governments’ right to control the types of weapons and ammunition allowed in their communities. Local control over such matters was taken away in 2013 when the state passed its concealed carry law.

As with so many other proposals designed to target gun violence and the illegal gun trade, gun-rights advocates are opposed to the measure.

“Kids are dying, and these products are causing it,” Harmon said. “It’s a crisis. Find a way to help us protect everyone, including law-abiding gun owners.”

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School BreakfastBreakfast will be available to more Illinois schoolchildren under a measure sponsored by Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) that was signed into law Friday.

Senate Bill 2393 will require public elementary, middle and high schools with a student low-income rate of at least 70 percent to offer breakfast to students after the instructional day has begun.

Each school will be able to determine the Breakfast After the Bell model that suits its students, such as breakfast in the classroom, grab and go breakfast and second-chance breakfast. Schools that participate in the program are able to capture federal money to pay for the cost of offering these meals.

"As thousands of Illinois schoolchildren head back to the classroom this fall, too many of them will do so without a good, nourishing start to their day at home,” Harmon said. “This new law will enable more schools to offer breakfast at school, which should boost students’ ability to learn, to stay awake and to pay attention in class. That will translate into better attendance, better grades and an overall better experience in school."

The law allows schools to be waived from the requirement if they can show that a breakfast after the bell program would be financially burdensome.

According to the latest Rise and Shine Illinois Breakfast Report in February, Illinois ranks 42nd in the nation for serving school breakfast. If Illinois school districts were to achieve 70 percent student participation in breakfast programs, an additional $42 million in federal dollars would be funneled into schools.

Child poverty in Illinois is at its highest level since 1999, and about one in five Illinois children live in homes where meals aren’t guaranteed. About 73 percent of teachers say they have students who regularly come to school hungry because there isn’t enough food at home.

Average daily participation in school breakfast programs has increased slightly every year since 2011. The latest figures show that on an average school day last year, nearly 400,000 low-income Illinois children participated in school breakfast.

But every day, more than 450,000 other children miss out on breakfast and go hungry early in the school day. More than 175,000 additional students would benefit from breakfast if Illinois schools implement breakfast after the bell programs under Harmon’s legislation.

Illinois schools that participate in breakfast programs are eligible for federal nutrition dollars. The National School Breakfast Program was established in 1966 under President Lyndon B. Johnson to provide free or low-cost breakfasts to schoolchildren.

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