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Senate President Harmon: Senate session canceled for next week

Senate President Don HarmonSPRINGFIELD — Illinois Senate President Don Harmon has canceled the Illinois Senate’s scheduled session days for next week. The 59-member Senate was scheduled to be at the Capitol on March 31 and April 1 and 2.

Harmon informed Senate Democrats on a caucus conference call Wednesday, part of an ongoing effort to keep members and staff informed during the COVID-19 public health emergency. He said senators and staff continue to examine legislative and procedural priorities so that when the legislative session resumes, the Senate is prepared to act efficiently and effectively.

“We are going to have to figure out what is critical and what is time-sensitive,” Harmon said.

After next week, the Senate was not scheduled to be back at the Capitol until April 21. The Senate President asked members to keep their calendars clear for possible return dates.

Faced with a growing pandemic, Senate President Harmon first called off session days earlier this month to comply with public health recommendations to protect senators, staff and the general public that comes to the Capitol.

“For now, we are taking it day by day and urging everyone heed the advice of health care professionals by practicing social distancing, regularly washing hands and avoiding all unneeded travel,” Harmon said.

Sen. President Harmon

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President of the Senate
39th District
 
Years served:
2003 - Present

Committee assignments: Executive; Judiciary; Subcommittee on Election Law (Sub-Chairperson); Subcommittee on Const. Amendments (Sub-Chairperson); Subcommittee on Business Entities (Sub-Chairperson).

Biography: Attorney; born 1966, in Oak Park; graduated St. Ignatius High School; B.A., Knox College; J.D. and M.B.A., University of Chicago; married (wife, Teresa), has three children: Don, Frances, and Margaret.

Associated Representative(s):
Camille Y. Lilly
Kathleen Willis