Please join Sen. Don Harmon for a series of upcoming events in the district, including a property tax workshop and two opportunities to ask questions and learn more about the latest news out of Springfield.

Monday, Aug. 1
Oak Park Township property fitness and tax appeal forum
6:30 p.m. at Percy Julian Middle School, 416 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park
This free workshop will enable residents to learn more about the local property tax process and how to file an appeal. Residents also will be able to get information from a variety of offices, including Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough, Cook County Clerk David Orr, Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, Cook County Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown, Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs, ComEd and real estate specialist Lutalo McGee.
For more information, call the Cook County board of review office at 312-603-5540.

Wednesday, Aug. 24
Town hall meeting
6:30 p.m. at Galewood Community Church, 1776 N. Narragansett Ave., Chicago
Please join me and Rep. Camille Lilly for an update about what’s happening in Springfield and to discuss issues of state and local importance. This meeting is free and open to the public.
For more information, call my office at 708-848-2002 or Rep. Lilly’s office at 773-473-7300.

Thursday, Sept. 8
Town hall meeting
6:30 p.m. at Bensenville Village Hall, 12 S. Center St., Bensenville
Please join me and Rep. Kathleen Willis for an update about what’s happening in Springfield and to discuss issues of state and local importance. This meeting is free and open to the public.
For more information, call my office at 708-848-2002 or Rep. Willis’ office at 708-562-6970.

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HarmonMay27Yoga instructors in Illinois will be able to practice freely without state regulation under legislation sponsored by Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) that was signed into law Friday.

Senate Bill 2743 garnered bipartisan support in the legislature as a pro-business measure that curbs government regulation where it’s unneeded.

“As we work to make Illinois a more business-friendly state, there’s simply no reason to impose unnecessary regulation on something like yoga instruction, which for most people is a personal pursuit or at most a small, independent business venture,” Harmon said.

The measure exempts yoga teacher training from state oversight as a trade, occupation, vocation or professional school. The legislation was prompted by news earlier this year that several yoga teacher training programs in Illinois were notified by the Illinois Board of Higher Education that they would be subject to state regulation as vocational schools and that they must obtain IBHE approval to operate in the state.

Representative Daniel Burke (D-Chicago) sponsored the measure in the Illinois House.

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HarmonMayBusinesses will find it easier operate in Illinois under legislation sponsored by Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) that was signed into law Thursday.

House Bill 4361 is a broad, comprehensive modernization of Illinois’ Limited Liability Company Act, which last was rewritten in 1994. The law had been updated in a piecemeal fashion since then, but it was due for a sweeping update.

The measure, which had bipartisan support in the legislature, is another effort to make Illinois a more business friendly state.

“This update to Illinois’ LLC Act not only modernizes some of our laws, it also eliminates unclear or contradictory rules that can be frustrating for companies to navigate,” Harmon said. “It makes our laws more consistent with those of other states and enables Illinois to be a more attractive and inviting place for businesses to set up shop.”

The legislation was the result of a six-year project by the Institute of Illinois Business Law to update the state’s LLC Act. The project was prompted by the 2006 publication of the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.

Joliet attorney Michael Hansen is past chairman of the Institute of Illinois Business Law, a group of about 40 corporate lawyers in Illinois who oversee the state’s business and corporate laws.

“Limited liability companies are now the favored business entity,” he said. “The changes to the Act will mean the formation in Illinois of more LLCs, while still providing necessary protections to the members of the LLC.”

Representatives Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) and Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) sponsored the measure in the Illinois House. Harmon sponsored it in the Senate.

Robin Heiss, who led the committee that drafted the IIBL's recommended updates to Illinois' LLC law, thanked Senator Harmon and other legislative sponsors for making the recommendations a reality.

”The institute believes that the bill will benefit the Illinois business community," Heiss said. "It will reduce confusion and eliminate arbitrary rules that are no longer effective. It should induce more Illinois businesses to form their entities under the Illinois Limited Liability Company Act.”

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AbnerMikvaSenator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) issued the following statement today regarding the death of Abner Mikva, a former congressman, federal judge, presidential adviser, lawyer, mentor and public servant from Chicago:

“For a man with perhaps the most impressive resume in politics, Abner Mikva was the kindest, most gracious and generous politician I’ve ever met.

“When I took his seminar on legislative process at the University of Chicago Law School, even at the end of his storied career, Ab’s enthusiasm for government and politics was contagious. He loved the process and he loved engaging young people in it.

“When I confessed my quiet interest in running for office, he said, “Do it. Don’t wait!” He was a great mentor and a wise counsel.

“Even in the last few months, he was pushing us hard to move forward on juvenile justice reform — all with a heart set on good policy and a keen appreciation for the evolving politics. He was a gentle giant and he will be missed by all he touched.”

Mikva died Monday in Chicago. He was 90.

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Harmon06302016Dear friends,

I am pleased to report that there was a significant breakthrough in the Illinois budget stalemate today.

Members of the Illinois General Assembly approved a budget that will ensure Illinois schools open on time in the fall and remain open the entire school year. The budget also will provide long-overdue money to struggling human service providers and protect jobs throughout the state.

The package is the result of negotiations among the Senate, the House and Gov. Bruce Rauner. All sides made concessions, and none achieved everything they had sought in a balanced budget.

The governor has indicated he intends to sign the legislation, and I urge him to do so as soon as possible.

Among the funding contained in the package:

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