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.

 

 

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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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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“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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