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.


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 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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021413br0070rOAK PARK – State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) praised Illinois’ move to become the 16th state to allow same-sex marriage.

“With this law, gay and lesbian residents of Illinois move much closer to having the same rights as everyone else in the state,” Harmon said. “This day has been a long time coming, but I know the hard work to get here has been worth it for many loving couples and their supporters.”

Senator Harmon has a long history of supporting LGBT rights. The first year he served in the Senate, he co-sponsored legislation to prohibit discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation. After many twists and turns, protections for LGBT residents were added to the Human Rights Act in 2005.

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051513br0225rSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) issued the following statement on same-sex marriage passing the General Assembly:

“I am proud to vote today to grant a basic freedom to our friends and neighbors. I believe that all couples in loving, committed relationships should be able to declare, with pride and dignity, that they are married.”

The governor has already committed to signing Senate Bill 10 into law.

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