20150316 102840On Monday, March 16 Senator Harris, along with many others, joined in welcoming the new South Holland Burger King restaurant at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Those who assisted in the ceremony include South Holland Mayor Don De Graff, business owner Barrington Rutherford, Director of Economic Development John Watson, Village of South Holland trustees and Bonita Parker with ComEd.

"Anytime a new business opens in our community, it is a great thing. Business brings new jobs and opportunities that will continue to help our community prosper,” Harris said.

The new restaurant is located at 359 E. 162nd Street, South Holland, IL. 


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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



Springfield Office

M122 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-8066(Phone) • 217-782-2115(Fax)





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CN Railway Company opens new training facility in IllinoisThis past October Senator Harris attended a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Canadian National (CN) Railway Company’s U.S. employee training facility in Homewood, Illinois. The state of the art facility is one of two centers being built as part of a comprehensive, company-wide CN initiative designed to revitalize job training for existing and new employees.

The facility is intended to give students new skills and hands-on training for all key railway jobs. The company is looking to hire 3000 employees across their North American network this year. This suburban Chicago facility is sure to bring good things to the 15th district.


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