Harris helps atheletes SPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by Senator Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey), allowing certain out-of-state health care professionals to practice medicine in Illinois while on contract to provide care to an athletic team, was signed into law today.


Currently there is no exemption for health care professionals in contract with athletic teams to provide care to athletic team members, coaching staff or families traveling with the athletic team in Illinois without a license to practice in the state.


“This measure would allow for teams to travel with their health care professionals, thereby allowing individuals to receive treatment from someone who is better informed on their medical history,” Harris said. “As a former professional athlete myself, I know firsthand the importance of traveling with a qualified physician who knows my medical history. This bill allows skilled health care professionals to provide the medical attention athletes need while they travel in Illinois.”


Senate Bill 785 gives exemption to health care professionals for 10 days per sporting event with an option to extend the exemption up to 30 days.


The legislation measure was signed into law today by Governor Bruce Rauner.

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Senator Harris working to improve economic conditions for local business SPRINGFIELD, IL - Legislation sponsored by State Senator Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey) creating an Equal Opportunity Task Force was signed into law on Tuesday.

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.

“I am thrilled to see this legislation become law. This marks an important step forward in creating successful economic development in communities that are facing real economic trouble,” said Harris. “This task force will create the path to thriving local businesses, economic development, and allow the people in our communities to have the opportunity to start businesses.”

The task force will perform research on the stated areas and will be required to prepare a report summarizing the findings of their examinations. Recommendations will be provided as to whether further legislation is needed to address the problems identified by the task force.

The Legislation, House Bill 3840, and was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner. 

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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 minority 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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