Harris townhallSenator Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey) is hosting a town hall meeting on Monday, May 13 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Beggars Pizza located at 369 E. 147th St. Harvey. Attendees will be provided with an update on what has been happening in Springfield and the 15th District.

Contact Harris' district office for more information at (708) 893-0552.

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Harris041119SPRINGFIELD – To push for greater fairness and diversity in contract work, Senator Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey) proposed new legislation setting goals for larger municipalities to include minority-owned businesses.

“There are minority-owned businesses across the state looking for opportunities to contract with the state,” Harris said. “We need our larger municipalities to help include those businesses by being more intentional about contracting minority businesses.”

The legislation would set goals for cities which receive more than $1 million in state motor fuel taxes to hire more minority-owned and -operated businesses when awarding contracts. The measure is an effort to include more minority-, veteran- and woman-owned businesses in local government contracting.

Forty-six municipalities and 21 counties received more than $1 million in fiscal year 2017.

Senate Bill 177 requires the Illinois Department of Transportation to assist municipalities in implementing business enterprise programs.

The outlined municipalities would have to set a goal of awarding no less than 20 percent of the total dollar amount of state contracts to businesses owned by minorities, women and persons with disabilities. All contractors would need to satisfy all existent qualifications.

The measure was approved by the Senate on Thursday.

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Harris040519SPRINGFIELD – To increase the amount of state contracts awarded to businesses owned by minorities, women and persons with disabilities, Senator Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey) led a measure that was approved by the Senate on Thursday.

Senate Bill 2035 requires the Department of Central Management Services to increase the number of state contracts issued to businesses owned by minorities, women and persons with disabilities from 20 percent of the total dollar amount of state contracts to 30 percent.

“We need to be bold about our commitment to businesses owned by minorities, women and persons with disabilities,” Harris said. “One of the best things about our state is its diversity, and this proposal celebrates that by pushing for the investment of state dollars in businesses throughout all communities.”

The proposal would set goals at 16 percent to minority-owned businesses, 10 percent to women-owned businesses and 4 percent to businesses owned by persons with disabilities.

Furthermore, CMS is required to increase outreach efforts to businesses owned by minorities, women and persons with disabilities.

The measure heads to the House for consideration.

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Harris032219SPRINGFIELD – Low-income Cook County communities could soon see lower drinking water rates under a measure sponsored by Senator Napoleon Harris III (D-Harvey).

According to a 2018 study conducted by the Chicago Tribune, residents in Cook County’s lowest-income communities pay sometimes as much as 20 percent more for their water than those in the wealthiest towns in Cook County. The disparity exists even though 80 percent of the county receives water from Lake Michigan. The situation is caused in part by the aging infrastructure of lower-income communities.

“This measure would help some of the poorest communities in Cook County by allowing them gain more streamlined access to Lake Michigan,” Harris said. “The current disparity is unjust, and I hope to see municipalities take advantage of this program.”

Senate Bill 175 creates the Cook County Water Infrastructure Fund to be used by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to help municipalities fund infrastructure improvements to facilitate water supplies from Lake Michigan.
The proposal was approved by the Senate and heads to the House for consideration.

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Springfield Office:
Senator 15th District
M113 Capitol
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8066

District Office:
1350 E. Sibley Blvd., Suite 403
Dolton, IL 60419
(708) 893-0552
(708) 566-4108 FAX