SPRINGFIELD – Senate President Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) issued the following statement after the State Senate advanced a resolution nominating Judge Michael McCuskey to be the new Legislative Inspector General:

“The position of Legislative Inspector General is too important to stay vacant for as long as it has. An impasse is not an option, so we are taking decisive action to move forward with an excellent candidate.

Judge McCuskey has an impeccable record and is widely known as an extremely ethical person. He has a history of working in a bipartisan manner and a distinguished record as a judge. He was nominated for a federal judgeship by Bill Clinton and confirmed by a Republican-controlled U.S Senate and later served 15 years on the Illinois Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism.

I am confident he will serve the State of Illinois well.” 

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OAK PARK – Senate President Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) released the following statement after Gov. JB Pritzker unveiled his annual budget proposal:

“I’m not accustomed to good news in a budget speech.

This is a budget proposal unlike any I’ve seen in my time in the Senate.

It speaks to the work we’ve done, together, to bring stability to our state finances.

That stability allows us to invest back in our state and provide relief to those hit hardest by the pandemic and associated economic downturn.

There’s a lot to like with this plan, and I look forward to working with the governor to produce a final product.”

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Dear Friend,

As many of us prepare to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year, I want to take some time to update you about some of the new laws taking effect in 2022.

My fellow legislators and I had a busy year in Springfield and in the districts we represent, and I could not be more proud of the work we did to pass nearly 300 laws that will officially be on the books Jan. 1, 2022.

I’m looking forward to spending some time at home with my family before I head back to the Capitol for the spring legislative session. From my family to yours, I’m wishing you a happy holiday season and a happy New Year.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at donharmon.org or 708-848-2002 with any questions, comments or concerns this year.

Stay safe and healthy.

Warm regards,

Don Harmon

Senate President | 39th District

New year, new laws taking effect

Nearly 300 new laws will take effect Jan. 1, 2022 – from one that gives students excused mental health days, to another that ensures pharmacies are being up front about their prices.

Below you’ll find 10 of the most interesting laws that will affect Illinois families in all corners of the state. Dozens of other laws – including one to ban pesticide use near schools and another to allow tenants in affordable housing to keep their pets – will also take effect Jan. 1, 2022. A full list can be found here.

SB 1682: You have a right to know your options when picking up a prescription – pharmacies are now required to post a notice informing customers they can request the retail price of brand name or generic prescription drugs.

HB 576/SB 1577: Students endure intense stress induced by tests, homework and extracurricular activities throughout the school year, which is why students in Illinois now have up to five excused absences to prioritize their mental health.

HB 605: Supporting our local manufacturers is essential – there is no reason to purchase our state or nation's flag from other countries. State agencies and institutions now may only purchase Illinois and American flags made right here in the U.S.A.

SB 817: Children should not be singled out for sporting their natural hair. The Jett Hawkins Act prohibits discrimination against natural and ethnic hairstyles – including locs, braids, twists and afros.

SB 119: One of the many ways kids can learn responsibility is through lemonade stands. These and other means of nonalcoholic sale operated by a person under the age of 16 can no longer be regulated or shut down by public health authorities.

HB 3922: Illinois joins four other states in recognizing June 19 as an official holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the U.S., a day long celebrated by many in the Black community. 

HB 168: An animal abuser has no place in a home with animals. People who have a record of felony offense like torture or animal fighting cannot own or live with animals.

HB 122: Families have enough to worry about when a loved one passes. Illinois is ending early termination fees on utility contracts for deceased residents.

SB 58: Traveling by automobile can be expensive, but Illinois is lowering the registration fee for trailers weighing less than 3,000 lbs. from $118 to $36.

HB 226: To increase enrollment among students with diverse backgrounds, Illinois public universities will make admissions decisions regardless of students’ ACT/SAT scores. Students can now choose whether to submit a standardized test score when applying to Illinois public institutions.

 
 
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On behalf of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus, I wish you a Happy New Year.

It is always a privilege to serve you as Senate President. I look forward to continuing to do so in 2022.

I hope you all enjoy time with loved ones during this holiday season.

Stay safe, and here’s to a happy and healthy new year.

 

Happy New Year 2022

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Springfield, IL 62706
(p) 217.782.8176

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Oak Park, IL 60302
(p) 708.848.2002
 

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