Senator Harmon

April 17, 2014

Dear Friends,


This spring’s session of the General Assembly is in full swing, and I thought I should update you on some of the important work that is going on at the State Capitol.

Fair Tax
As many of you may know, I am sponsoring a Fair Tax plan to cut taxes for 94 percent of Illinois families while still providing critical services such as education, health care and services for seniors and people with disabilities. This plan faces a steep climb, but I’m still confident that it’s the right thing to do. Read more here.


Illinois Poison Center
Though still subject to important negotiations, my plan to rescue the Illinois Poison Center from a dangerous funding shortfall has passed committee. I believe it’s important to keep this life-saving resource open for parents, families and medical facilities throughout the state. Read more here.


Constitutional amendments to protect citizens’ rights
So far this year, the General Assembly has proposed two constitutional amendments to help protect citizens’ rights. The first gives the victims of crime legally enforceable rights that will help protect them from the continuing trauma created by trials and the potential release of their attackers. The second provides a constitutional protection for the right to vote, guaranteeing that everyone will always be able to take advantage of this important freedom, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, language, income, sex or sexual orientation. I supported both measures, and both passed the General Assembly by wide margins. However, because they are constitutional amendments, you, the voters, will have the final say in November.

Park improvements coming soon
I also want to take this opportunity to announce that funding has been approved for four local park projects. Our parks provide wonderful gathering places for outdoor recreation to improve public health and welfare, and enhance the well-being of the entire community. It is a pleasure to support these improvements.

- Read about projects in Melrose Park, River Grove and Addison here.
- Read about a project in Oak Park here.


Don Harmon
Senator Don Harmon
39th District – Illinois



District Office

6933 W. North Avenue • Oak Park, Illinois 60304

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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Maple ParkROAK PARK – State Senators Kimberly A. Lightford and Don Harmon are pleased to announce $400,000 in state funding for the Park District of Oak Park’s continued renovation of Maple Park. 

“Parks are an invaluable community resource,” Lightford said. “They encourage our children to play outside and lead active lives, and they give adults the opportunity to get healthy exercise.”

“Our parks provide wonderful gathering places for outdoor recreation to improve public health and welfare and enhance the well-being of the entire community,” Harmon said. “It is a pleasure to support these projects.”

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Don Harmon is pleased to announce that funding has been approved for local park projects in the 39th District.

“I am thrilled that we are able to partner with local communities to support these important projects,” Harmon said. “Our parks provide wonderful gathering places for outdoor recreation to improve public health and welfare, and enhance the well-being of the entire community. It is a pleasure to support these improvements.” 

The project funding is provided through the state’s Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development program (OSLAD), administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR). 

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State Senator Don Harmon believes that voters deserve the opportunity to decide whether or not the state of Illinois should have a Fair Tax or keep its current flat tax system. He’s introduced a constitutional amendment to put the question on the ballot in November.

“Changing the Illinois Constitution to allow us to create a Fair Tax will allow us to apply lower rates to lower income levels and higher rates to higher income levels,” Harmon explained.

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022714 js 0499RSPRINGFIELD – At a major Senate budget hearing this morning, Illinois’ state agencies laid out their plans for addressing a 20 percent across the board funding cut, resulting from an anticipated multibillion dollar budget deficit next year. State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) finds the situation unacceptable.

“Our state cannot turn its back on fulfilling its basic responsibilities,” Harmon said. “Look at education alone. The State Board anticipates completely eliminating early childhood education, cutting off 90,000 children from preschool. It’s incredibly shortsighted to put an entire generation at risk to balance the state budget.”

Eliminating the Early Childhood Block grant will only get the State Board of Education one-third of the way to the nearly $1 billion budget cut it needs to stay in the black. School districts throughout the state will lose funding, as will other vital programs.

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Email Senator Harmon

Springfield Office:
329 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(p) 217.782.8176
(f) 217.558.6013

Oak Park Office:
6941-B W. North Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
(p) 708.848.2002
(f) 708.848.2022

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