“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

042313br0310rSPRINGFIELD – 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.

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file5441277786833SPRINGFIELD – 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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Senator Harmon

February 25, 2014

Dear Friends,

 

The General Assembly is back in Springfield. After a productive year in 2013, we again face major challenges in our state. A difficult budget and Fair Tax Amendment are both major issues we will likely vote on in the coming months. To hear my views on last year and the upcoming session, please click here.

 

I look forward to another year of representing our communities in Springfield, and please don’t hesitate to contact my office with any questions you may have over the coming months.

Sincerely,
Don Harmon
Senator Don Harmon
39th District – Illinois

 

Concealed Carry Legislation

 

CCW HandgunLast year after a ruling by the 7th Circuit Court, the General Assembly passed a heavily criticized law allowing people to carry concealed handguns in public. While I did not support this measure, it is now law in Illinois. After many questions from business owners who want to keep guns out of their stores and restaurants, I proposed Senate Bill 2669.

 

The legislation would change the law, requiring businesses that wish to allow guns to post signs to avoid confusion. If there is no sign, then guns are not allowed. Read more here, or watch a video on this legislation here.

 

Illinois Poison Center

 

After years of federal and state budget cuts, the Illinois Poison Center is in imminent danger of closing its doors unless they can find more funding. The center, which handles nearly 82,000 cases of potential poisoning a year, announced it will close June 30 unless we find a solution.

 

In our cash-strapped state, this issue has been particularly difficult. However, I am proposing a possible solution. My plan would redirect a small portion of the fee currently charged by cell phone companies to pay for 911 services – 2 cents per user– to pay for poison control services. This money will not come out of 911 funding, but rather the administrative fee charged by cell phone companies. This innovative solution to a serious problem will allow us to continue poison control services, while not raising taxes or slashing other state services. Read more here, or watch a video on my thoughts here.

 

Charity of the Month

 

Many of us remember to donate to food pantries during the holidays, but tend to forget about them during the rest of the year. That is why, this month, I would like to highlight Feeding Illinois, a group that coordinates the efforts of food banks throughout the state to provide a food supply for needy families in Illinois. Every year, Feeding Illinois feeds over 1.4 million hungry people, including 605,000 children. To learn more about volunteering or donating to Feeding Illinois, please click here.

 

 

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708-848-2002 (Phone) • 708-848-2022 (Fax)

 

Springfield Office

329 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-8176 (Phone) • 217-558-5013 (Fax)

 

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020414 CM 0199csRSPRINGFIELD – 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.

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“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

042313br0310rSPRINGFIELD – 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.

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