“My proposal: post a sign if guns are welcome in your store. No sign? No guns.” - State Senator Don Harmon

020513br0022WSPRINGFIELD – Last year, Illinois passed a heavily criticized law to allow residents to carry concealed weapons. Business owners who want to keep guns off their property must now post signs saying that guns aren’t allowed inside. State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) wants to change that. He believes that businesses that welcome guns should post signs – not the businesses that don’t want guns in their shops and stores.

“Since the concealed carry law took effect, I’ve been getting question after question about where guns are allowed and where they aren’t,” Harmon said. “Let’s simplify the situation for everyone. My proposal: post a sign if guns are welcome in your store. No sign? No guns.”

Harmon’s legislation would not apply only to businesses. The owners of any private property – including churches, temples and other religious buildings – would also be able to welcome guns onto their property by posting a “guns welcome” sign.

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Senator Harmon

October 2, 2013

Dear Friends,

 

This week, Illinois launched “Get Covered Illinois” to help provide affordable health insurance to currently uninsured residents of our state. Get Covered Illinois insurance plans will include essential benefits like doctor’s visits, hospital stays and prescriptions for many individuals and families that currently face medical challenges without insurance coverage. For Illinois residents who currently purchase health insurance, but are struggling with high costs, Get Covered Illinois may offer more affordable insurance options depending on the size of your family and your income. Small businesses with fewer than 25 employees may also be eligible for a health care tax credit to help provide insurance for their workers.

 

“Get Covered Illinois” open enrollment began this week and goes through March 2014. For insurance coverage starting January 1, 2014, you must enroll by December 15 of this year.

 

To learn more, please visit: www.GetCoveredIllinois.gov or call the toll-free Get Covered Illinois help desk: 866-311-1119 (open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.).

 

 

If you already buy your own insurance and want to know if you might be able to cut costs with this program (also referred to as the "marketplace"), you can learn more here.

 

Sincerely,
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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Senator Harmon

July 10, 2013

Dear Friends,

 

This weekend, our legislation creating online voter registration was signed into law by the governor. By this time next year, you will be able to register to vote or change your registration online on the State Board of Elections’ website.

 

This is truly an exciting moment for Illinois. History shows that online voter registration works. When Arizona adopted online registration, it saw a nearly 10 percent increase in registered voters. Now, nearly 70 percent of that state’s voter registrations are performed online.

 

A California study showed that it’s not just young, upper-class people who register online, either. A majority of the people who use this tool are middle class or low income. More women use it than men, and the majority of men who register online are over the age of 35.

 

 

This new system should also save the state money. In Arizona, processing a paper registration application costs 83 cents. Processing an online application costs 3 cents. Given the state of Illinois’ budget, every cent counts.

 

Thank you again for all your help and support in passing this law. We couldn’t have done it without you.

 

Sincerely,
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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Click below to read a detailed listing of changes to pension benefits contained in Senate Bill 1:

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Senator Don Harmon wrote the following commentary about his pension reform vote for the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park:

I’ve been assuring friends, neighbors and readers of the Wednesday Journal for months that the General Assembly would soon tackle pension reform in a meaningful way. By the time you read this, I hope to be home from Springfield having helped pass a pension reform bill that will solve the crisis today and for all time.

I’ve also warned all who would listen that whatever pension reform bill we passed would not totally satisfy anyone, and would anger stakeholders on both sides. On that point I trust we have not disappointed.

But the fact is that reform now is critical to stabilizing our state’s fiscal condition and freeing up resources for core functions such as education, human services and public safety. Reform also will fulfill our promise to public workers that pensions will be there for them in retirement.

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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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