Harris051418SPRINGFIELD – The state of Illinois could look to legalize sports betting after the United States Supreme Court struck down a federal law Monday that prohibited the practice.

“We’ve been working on legislation to legalize sports betting in Illinois in anticipation that the Supreme Court would strike down the federal law,” said State Senator Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey), former NFL Linebacker and sponsor of Illinois’ sports gambling measure. “This decision puts us on a clear path for negotiating the issue.”

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Harris050818SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Napoleon Harris III (D-Harvey) is lead sponsor of legislation that would require every community college and public university to offer a course studying the events of Black History.

“We hear a lot of misinformation these days about the history of African Americans on television, social media and the internet in general,” Harris said. “The only way to combat that ignorance is to ensure that the young people of our state have access to and take time to learn about the contributions and struggles of Black people throughout American history.”

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Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has announced the grant awards for the FY18 Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants totaling $15.4 million to 630 public libraries serving almost 12 million patrons.  

In the 15th District, which is represented by Senator Napoleon Harris III (D-Harvey), 12 libraries were awarded the Illinois Public Library Per Capita Award and one was awarded the Equalization Aid Grant.

The libraries in the district are listed below:

Illinois Public Library Per Capita Award

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Equalization Aid Grants

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Per Capita Grant funding is authorized under Illinois library law for public libraries, which allows resources for expenses such as materials, personnel, equipment, electronic access, telecommunications and technology.

Equalization Aid Grants help qualifying public libraries with a low library tax base ensure a minimum level of funding for library services.

For more information on Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Grants and how to apply: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/plpc_equalization.html

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Harris042018On May 4, 2018, the Cook County Treasurer’s Office will conduct its 2016 Annual Tax Sale. If property owners have not paid their unpaid taxes within 2.5 years, their property taxes can be purchased by private buyers.

In the 15th district, there are 22,724 properties that have past due taxes. Please review the list in the Excel spreadsheet to see if you have delinquent property or if your neighbor has delinquent property.  When reviewing the list, make sure that the Cook County Treasurer has the correct mailing address for the property listed.
Below are three links that will be helpful in protecting the property in the 15th district.
1.   How To Avoid The May 4, 2018 Tax Sale
2.   Unpaid Property Taxes In The 15th District
3.   How To Search The Excel Spreadsheet By Property Address

Note:  In order to search in the Excel spreadsheet, the spreadsheet must be downloaded.  You will not be able to search if you are viewing the spreadsheet online.

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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