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  • Senate Latino Caucus meets with immigration advocates (UPDATED)

    Senate Latino Caucus meets with immigration advocates

    SPRINGFIELD – Senate Latino Caucus members joined Senate President John Cullerton, President Pro Tempore Don Harmon and immigrant and refugee rights advocates this week to discuss the Senate’s recent actions taken to protect immigrant communities.

    “I’m the son of hard-working immigrants, and as an elected official it is my honor and duty to support policies that continue to give the immigrant community the opportunities my family has had in the United States of America,” Latino Caucus Co-Chair Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) said. “Donald Trump is trying to take away these opportunities in the land that I love, but policies like these give hope to our people and show we are a force that can use our sacred legislative process to fight back against bigotry.”

  • Harmon measure expands immigration safe zones in Illinois (VIDEO)

    harmon 050218SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) passed legislation today that would create safe zones in Illinois in which immigration enforcement is limited.

    The measure requires the attorney general to put in place a model policy by April 1, 2019, on limiting assistance with immigration enforcement to the fullest extent permissible at locations including state-funded schools, state-funded medical treatment and health care facilities, public libraries, facilities operated by the secretary of state and state courts.

    These safe zones were in the original version of the Trust Act that passed the Senate but were amended in the House and not in the final version signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner last year.

  • Harmon seeks to provide medical alternative to opioids

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  • Harmon: ‘Victory’ is protecting Illinoisans, not political win against governor

    harmon 042518Gun dealer licensing to be reintroduced on existing bill; work will continue

    SPRINGFIELD – Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) issued the following statement today on his decision not to call a vote to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of the Gun Dealer Licensing Act:

    “Today, I made the difficult decision not to ask the Senate to override Gov. Rauner’s veto of the gun dealer licensing bill.

  • Harmon joins Moms Demand Action to urge gun dealer licensing override (VIDEO)

    harmon 041818Volunteers with Moms Demand Action were at the Capitol today to urge lawmakers to seek an override of Senate Bill 1657, a measure to require licensing of Illinois gun dealers. They were joined by students and gun violence victims for a rally and visits to lawmakers' offices.

    Advocates for gun sense legislation, the group rallied in the rotunda. Senator Don Harmon spoke at the rally. Harmon is the sponsor of SB1657.

  • Harmon moves to expand safe zones for immigrants in Illinois

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  • New poll shows widespread support for Harmon gun dealer licensing plan

    harmon 041118SPRINGFIELD – A poll released today shows that a majority of Illinoisans support Senator Don Harmon’s (D-Oak Park) plan to license gun dealers at the state level.

    The poll, conducted by the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition, found broad, bipartisan support for the Gun Dealer Licensing Act among suburban and downstate residents in areas viewed by some as less supportive of gun legislation.

    Overall, 71 percent of respondents favor state licensing of gun dealers with only 23 percent in opposition. Support for the proposal was strong among downstate respondents (67 percent), West Suburban respondents (74 percent), Republicans (65 percent) and even among gun owners (63 percent).

  • Harmon moves to expand safe zones for immigrants in Illinois

    harmon 041018SPRINGFIELD –State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) passed a measure out of committee today that would create safe zones from immigration enforcement in Illinois.

    The legislation prohibits state and local law enforcement from carrying out federal immigration efforts at locations including state-funded schools, state-funded medical treatment and health care facilities, public libraries, facilities operated by the Secretary of State, and state courts.

    These safe zones were in the original version of the Trust Act that passed the Senate but were amended in the House and not in the final version signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner last year.

    “Immigrants in Illinois are hardworking people who contribute to our communities,” Harmon said. “They have built their homes here. They are raising their families here. They should be treated like human beings, not taken away like criminals when they drop their children off at school.”

    According to a 2014 study by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, roughly 68 percent of undocumented immigrants participate in the labor force in Illinois, a higher rate than that of the general public (66 percent).

    Harmon’s measure also prohibit applications for state benefits from asking for information related to citizenship or immigration status unless otherwise required by law.

    Senate Bill 35 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee 8-4 today and moves to the full Senate for consideration.

  • Harmon announces petition to tell Rauner to support gun dealer licensing

    gun petition 033018On March 13, the eve of a nationwide school walkout to demand gun reform, Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a measure that would crack down on illegal weapon trafficking by licensing gun dealers at the state level.

    The Gun Dealer Licensing Act was the result of years of bipartisan negotiations. It passed the Senate last April and the House in February.

    Rather than listen to the wishes of his constituents – 85 percent of whom support licensing gun dealers – the governor sided with the NRA and the small percentage who oppose it.

  • Lawmakers join students in Illinois anti-gun violence marches

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  • Harmon to pursue override of gun dealer licensing veto

    harmon 031518SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) issued the following statement on his intent to override the governor’s veto of the Gun Dealer Licensing Act:

    “I wasn’t able to move to override the governor’s veto today, because the Senate has yet to receive his veto.

    “Assuming we receive it by the time we return on April 10, I will move to override it, and I am hopeful that my colleagues will join me in making sure this commonsense measure becomes law.”

    The Gun Dealer Licensing Act passed the Senate last April and passed the House in February with bipartisan support.

  • Harmon: Governor values politics over people with gun dealer licensing veto

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  • Harmon, activists urge governor to sign Gun Dealer Licensing Act

    harmon 031218State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) today joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson, fellow legislators, gun violence prevention advocates and victims of gun violence in calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign the Gun Dealer Licensing Act.

    The measure would allow Illinois to license gun dealers, holding corrupt dealers accountable and cracking down on straw purchases. According to a 2014 report from the University of Chicago Crime Lab, almost 20 percent of all guns recovered from crimes scenes in Chicago from 2009-2013 came from three of the state’s 2,400 dealers.

  • Harmon measure licensing gun dealers heads to governor’s desk (VIDEO)

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  • Harmon talks gun laws, the #NeverAgain movement on Chicago Tonight

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  • Senate Dems react to governor's Fiscal 2019 budget address

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  • Harmon measure providing alternative to opioids passes committee (VIDEO)

    harmon 020718SPRINGFIELD – Legislation giving patients access to medical alternatives to prescription painkillers passed the Senate Executive Committee today.

    Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) introduced the Alternatives to Opioids Act to tackle the opioid crisis, an epidemic that killed more than 60,000 people nationwide last year.

    The measure would allow people who have been prescribed opioids for a medical condition to apply for a temporary medical cannabis card instead.

  • Senators react to governor's State of the State speech

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  • Harmon to introduce measure providing alternative to opioids

    harmon 031517SPRINGFIELD – Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) plans to introduce a measure aimed at tackling the opioid crisis by providing medical alternatives to prescription painkillers.

    The Alternatives to Opioids Act would allow people who have been prescribed opioids for a medical condition to apply for a temporary medical cannabis card instead. Harmon plans to introduce the legislation during the second week of the Illinois Senate’s veto session.

  • Harmon urges State Board of Elections to withdraw Illinois from Crosscheck voter system

    harmon 052617SPRINGFIELD – Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) issued the following statement urging the State Board of Elections to withdraw from the controversial Crosscheck voter registration program:

    "In the past weeks, scrutiny has grown regarding the use of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program. I have read with grave concern the allegations of misuse of private data by other states, ostensibly to prevent voter fraud, but actually to suppress votes.  

    Anti-fraud mechanisms employed in Illinois must protect and preserve, rather than threaten, the sacred right to vote.  That is non-negotiable. 

    We have multiple tools at our disposal.  I urge the State Board of Elections to withdraw from Crosscheck so we can ensure other states' election authorities won't use Illinois' data to suppress voters in their states."