Senator Harris

March 2, 2015

Dear Friends,


I am reaching out to you today to discuss what has been going on the last few weeks, along with some of my past legislative accomplishments and what I plan to do as we move forward.


This spring session is likely to be both eventful and exciting. We have heard a State of the State Address from the governor, which outlined some important issues while offering few solutions. Additionally, we heard a budget address rampant with cuts to important social service programs in the state. I understand the governor has a tough task with passing a balanced budget. I also applaud the governor in his efforts to increase African American and minority jobs, but his budget plan is not a solution to the issues we face.


Now more than ever, it will be important to work together in a bipartisan fashion to address the deepest and most pressing issues our state faces. It is my intent to make sure we keep Illinois on track, and ensure our communities have the resources they need to thrive.


Past Legislative Recap


Over the past two years my general focus has been improving neighborhoods, bringing jobs to the district and addressing issues of public safety. I have fought hard for the creation of a violent crimes task force in an effort to reduce the level of violence throughout our communities.


I have been a strong advocate for schools and education. Last year I supported a proposal that would have changed how Illinois distributes its education funds to schools. The amount of state dollars going to districts would have depended on the number of low-income students, English language learners and special education students. I intend to support a similar plan this year.


Additionally, I have been a strong advocate for the Urban Flooding Awareness Act, which will help us figure out how to prevent flooding in our communities. My other efforts included legislation protecting seniors from physical abuse in nursing homes (House Bill 4584), and ensuring beverages are served responsibly (HB5926).


I believe in our community, and I will continue to fight for legislation that will benefit the 15th district and the State of Illinois.


Moving Forward


Going forward into this legislative session I will work hard to continue my efforts to improve the job market, education and the small business climate at home. I will work with my colleagues in the Senate, and across party lines to resolve our state’s most pressing issues.


This year I have the honor and privilege of serving as the Vice Chair of the Insurance Committee. My other committees include Transportation, Public Health, and Commerce and Economic Development. These positions will allow me to further advocate for policy and legislation important to the district and Illinois.


I am planning some exciting upcoming events such as district office open houses and roundtable discussions. Please be on the lookout for announcements of these events. I encourage you to visit my website for information on events, news and opportunities. Additionally, you can follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more updates.


As always, please feel free to contact me if I can ever be of assistance to you. It is an honor to serve as senator of the 15th District.


Thank you for your generous time and consideration.


Senator Harris
Senator Napoleon Harris, III
15th District – Illinois



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