Harris SummitThroughout the last few months I have been working with other Illinois lawmakers and various state agencies to hold Minority Business Summits throughout the state. The purpose of these meetings is to inform minority business owners about programs and opportunities offered by the state. These events have been held in an effort to create a space for open dialogue about issues minority businesses face and how we can foster an environment that is more welcoming for the expansion of minority owned businesses in Illinois.

These events have been a great success and have given us great insight on the kinds of legislation needed to foster growth for minority owned businesses throughout the state. Below is some information on the legislation I, and other Illinois lawmakers, have been working on.

Read more: The state of minoirty business: How can we expand minority businesses?

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school SPRINGFIELD – As schools across the south suburbs wrap up the school year, State Senator Napoleon Harris III (D-Harvey) supported a $7 billion state education funding plan that would allow schools to open on time for the next school year unless Gov. Bruce Rauner rejects the plan.

“We cannot play around when it comes to education funding,” said Harris. “Our future starts in our schools, and making sure they receive the funding they need to keep their doors open will remain my priority. I hope the governor will make this a priority too, and not hold these funds hostage while we debate the rest of this budget.”

This year’s education spending plan represents a $295 million dollar increase of direct aid to schools: a $207 million dollar increase to per-student funding as well as an $85 million increase to school districts with high poverty and fewer available local resources.

The Senate approved this increase Friday, which had been previously approved by the House. It requires the governor’s approval before local district will receive funding for the next school year.

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HB3840SPRINGFIELD – Legislation passed the Illinois Senate today that would create the Residential and Economic Redlining Task Force Act. State Senator Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey) is the chief Senate sponsor of the measure.

This legislation creates a task force to examine barriers to economic opportunities in economically depressed communities, issues discouraging local investment, community concerns, current economic conditions and establishes comprehensive economic development policy for businesses of all size.

Read more: Senator Harris working to improve economic conditions for local business

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Senator Harris


Dear Friends,


As we head into the final weeks of this legislative session, we have much to do in a short amount of time. We are facing a very tough challenge as we continue with budget negotiations for 2016. In the coming weeks it will be critical to continue to push forward and work in a bipartisan fashion to address Illinois’ most pressing issues.


Nonetheless, I have continued in my efforts to work hard and advocate for a more equitable business climate. Please read on to hear about what I am doing to make this happen.

Read more: May 2015 Newsletter

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