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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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Sen. Don Harmon asks IDOT, CTA to address Village questions, concerns

Oak Park – State Senator Don Harmon announced today that Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider will appear at an October 29 town hall meeting he is convening to discuss the planned Eisenhower Expressway / I-290 reconstruction project. A top CTA official also will participate.

The town hall, to be held at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School from 7:30-9:00 p.m., will provide the community an opportunity to hear directly from Schneider, appointed IDOT Secretary in October 2011 by Governor Pat Quinn. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions about the agency’s proposed alternatives for reconfiguring lanes along a stretch of the Eisenhower between Racine Avenue and Mannheim Road.

IDOT has said it will choose a final “preferred” alternative by late 2014, and then begin detailed engineering leading to construction within the next few years. The CTA is conducting its own study of potential improvements to the Blue Line along the same transportation corridor. IDOT held public meetings on the project Oct. 7 and Oct. 8 in Chicago and Forest Park, and is accepting formal public comments on the information presented at those meetings until November 7 at

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