Harper College Students Visit State Capitol

A number of students from Harper College, accompanied by Phil Burdick, the Chief Communications Officer at Harper, met with State Rep. David Harris at the State Capitol in Springfield recently.  Several of the students were from Rep.Harris' district.

The group came to Springfield to encourage the General Assembly to expand the number of Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) grants that are provided for students at community colleges throughout Illinois.  The MAP grants have focused heavily on traditional 4-year college students, and the Harper College representatives wanted to emphasize the increasing number of students now attending community colleges like Harper.

The group had a worthwhile and informative discussion with Representative Harris.

Above: Students and a representative from Harper College visit with Rep. David Harris (center) at the State Capitol.

Patton Third Graders Testify in Springfield

Earlier this year, Claire, Brooke and Maddie -- three third graders from Patton School in Arlington Heights -- contacted State Representative Harris to ask him to take action to prevent the operation of "puppy mills" in Illinois.

Last year the General Assembly passed a law known as "The Puppy Lemon Law" that would severely minimize the operation of puppy mills in our state.  However, the penalties for violation of the Animal Welfare Act were fairly minimal, so Rep. Harris proposed increases in the penalties to make violations of the act more financially painful.  This would apply to puppy mills as well as offenses against other animals.

Claire, Brooke and Maddie got their school behind support of the bill, and they personally came to Springfield to testify in support.

The bill passed committee and the full House, and it is now being considered by the Illinois Senate.


State Rep. David Harris is joined by three third graders from Patton School who came to testify to the House Agriculture Committee in support of House Bill 4410.

IDNR Summer Internships

ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

                                                                                         AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

                                                                                           CAREER OPPORTUNITY BID NOTICE

 

The IL Department of Natural Resources is inviting applications for the following position:                                                                                                                                                                

Position Title:  Natural Resources Summer Intern (15 Positions)               Monthly Salary Range:  $1346    

Position Location: James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL (Cook County)

WORK SCHEDULE -     Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm 1 hour Meal Break

                                                **Work schedule may vary depending on operational needs

Description of Duties

Candidate will receive training and instructions relevant to conservation and environmental fields of study; receive guidance and specialized training for completing projects that represent a variety of IDNR initiatives.

Desirable Education, Training and Experience

Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to the completion of four years of high school and active enrollment at a college.  Requires no previous work experience.  Requires ability to follow instructions and carry out routine operations, once established, without further instruction.  Requires ability to establish and maintain working relationships with agency staff and general public.  Preferred candidates will have a serious interest in learning more about working in natural resources related careers.

Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license.

Where To Apply:

    Jason Brewer      One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL  62702  (217) 557-1213 *(SEE NOTE)

            Name                                          Address                                                          Phone                  

Bargaining unit employees interested in bidding for this position should complete a Bid Form, attach it to an application, and submit it directly to the name and address listed above.  Bid Forms may be obtained at any Department of Natural Resources facility.

*NOTE:  In addition, employees who are interested in a promotion into this position must have a promotional grade.  If you do not already have a promotional grade for this title, complete a Promotional Examination Application (CMS100B) and sent it directly to the Examining Division, 500 William G. Stratton Building, Springfield, Illinois 62706.  In order to be considered for this vacancy,the CMS100B must be mailed to the Examining Division no later than the date listed below as the last day to apply.

The Department of Natural Resources does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion,handicap, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, physical stature and/or any non-merit factor in admission, treatment or employment in programs or activities in compliance with the Illinois Human Rights Act, the Illinois Constitution, Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Acts, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the U.S. Constitution.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Office is responsible for compliance and may be reached at 217/785-0067.

 

DATE POSTED: April 07, 2014               LAST DAY TO APPLY: April 18, 2014                             

Harris Meets with Hersey High School Debate Team -- State Champs!

State Representative David Harris recently hosted the members of the John Hersey High School Debate Team when they were in Springfield recently to compete at the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Debate Championships.

The Team took the top spot and won the 2014 State Championship!  The team had six finalists, three of whom took the top three places in the tournament.  This is the first time that a single team has produced the top three finalists, breaking a record set back in 2003 when another District 214 school won both first and second places.

Harris met with the team members in his office, and he introduced the team from the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives.  Harris also made arrangements for the team to use one of the House committee rooms in order to practice their debates after the team arrived at the State Capitol.

John Hersey High School is one of the high schools in Rep. Harris's district, and he was pleased to give his support to the debate team.



Rep.Harris (center) with members of the John Hersey High School Debate Team.The team was in Springfield competing in the IHSA State Debate Championships.

Harris Recognizes Life-Saving Action

State Representative David Harris passed House Resolution 783 in the Illinois House of Representatives recognizing Arlington Heights Deputy Fire Chief Ken Koeppen for his actions to save the life of an Arlington Heights Police Officer.

In mid-December last year, Police Officer Michael McEvoy was seriously wounded by a gunshot fired at a domestic disturbance.  By good fortune, Deputy Chief Koeppen was in the area of the disturbance, and he applied immediate first aid to Officer McEvoy to help stop his bleeding while other police officers subdued the gunman.

Officer McEvoy was taken to the hospital in critical condition.  Hospital personnel credited Deputy Chief Koeppen’s prompt actions with saving Officer McEvoy’s life.  Representative was honored to be able to recognize Deputy Chief Koeppen for his outstanding actions.


Rep. David Harris (center) presents a copy of House Resolution 783 to Deputy Fire Chief Ken Koeppen in recognition of his lifesaving actions for a wounded Arlington Heights Police Officer.  Fire Chief Glenn Ericksen (left) and firefighters were present for the presentation.

Patton School Students Encourage Legislative Initiative

State Representative David Harris met with Third Graders at Patton School in Arlington Heights recently to discuss House Bill 4410.  HB 4410 is a legislative initiative that was prompted by contact from Claire, Maddie, and Brooke, who are students at Patton School.

The young students wanted Representative Harris to promote bills that would cut down on the operation of “puppy mills.”  HB 4410 doubles the penalties for the mistreatment of animals that occur at places like puppy mills.  Harris discussed this bill with the entire Third Grade class, and he talked about the process for passing a bill in the Illinois General Assembly.

The Illinois chapter of the America Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has come out in favor of HB 4410.




Representative Harris meets with Patton School students Claire, Maddie, and Brooke; Principal Eric Olson; and Librarian Idelle Melamed.

Help Cook County Serve Voters on Election Day

The Cook County Clerk’s office is recruiting suburban Cook County voters of any party to work as Election Judges in the March 18, 2014 Gubernatorial Primary. Election Judges provide an essential service to their community and ensure their polling place is running smoothly and voters are able to successfully cast their ballot. If you are interested in working in a suburban Cook County polling place on Election Day, visit cookcountyclerk.com to learn more and apply online. You can also call 312.603.0970 for more information. (Election Judges earn $175 for training and serving on Election Day.)

Rep. Harris Attends "Meet Your Legislator" Day

State Representative David Harris met with constituents and other local residents on January 14th at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library’s “Meet Your Legislator” Day.Other state legislators and representatives from federal congressional offices were also in attendance.

Over 50 individuals came to the event to discuss policy issues, to share concerns and opinions on matters of public policy, and to get to know their local representatives.  The event lasted for three hours, and library officials were pleased with the turnout for this initial event.  Plans are already in the works to make the meet-and-greet an annual event to foster improved communication between elected officials at state and national levels and their constituents.

“I applaud the Arlington Heights Memorial Library for arranging this “Meet Your Legislator Day,” said Harris.  “Citizens need to opportunities such as this to meet their elected officials.”

Representative Harris greets Mr. Malcolm Halec of Mount Prospect at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library’s “Meet Your Legislator”event on January 14th.

Illinois State Police Announce Official Concealed Carry Website

Website to Provide Public with Digital Identification & Fingerprint Accessibility in Preparation for Jan 5 Application

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Police (ISP) today launched a website to provide the public with information regarding the Concealed Carry application process.

The Concealed Carry License (CCL) website is being launched in advance of the January 5 application posting date to provide citizens with additional information that will assist with eligibility requirements,application fees, training requirements, official forms, information for firearms instructors, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

A convenient feature contained within the website includes information on how to access and obtain an Illinois Digital Identification(Digital ID) and electronic fingerprinting prior to Jan. 5.  Applicants can visit the website under the New Applicants – Checklist Prior to Applying, and can access links to obtain a Digital ID and electronic fingerprinting locations.

Applicants can obtain their Digital ID through the State of Illinois Department of Central Management Services website (CMS), which they will need when the electronic CCL application becomes available on Jan. 5.  The electronic CCL application will require an electronic signature prior to submission.

Fingerprints are not required for the CCL application;however, background checks will be expedited for those individuals who submit fingerprints.  The CCL website includes a list of licensed Live Scan vendors to help applicants locate the more than 60 licensed Live Scan vendors across the state and their multiple locations.  Applicants will receive a transaction control number (TCN) from the licensed Live Scan vendor at the time of fingerprinting and must retain that TCN to complete the application.

The CCL website is intended to provide a user-friendly portal designed to ease and expedite the application process with as much information as possible in advance of Jan. 5.

The new website address can be accessed at https://ccl4illinois.com/ccw/public/home.aspx. The ISP will continue to regularly update its Concealed Carry FAQ’s on the new website with information regarding the Illinois Concealed Carry process.

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REP. HARRIS RECOGNIZES ST.PETER LUTHERAN SCHOOL FOR BLUE RIBBON

State Representative David Harris (R-Arlington Heights) presented a Certificate of Recognition from the Illinois House of Representatives to St. Peter Lutheran School in Arlington Heights in  recognition of the school being named a “Blue Ribbon School of Excellence” by the US Department of Education for 2013.

Since 1982, the Blue Ribbon Schools program has been run by the U.S. Department of Education as a way to recognize high-performing schools,as well as schools in low-income areas that significantly improve school-wide test scores.

St. Peter was one of only 21 schools in Illinois and only 286 across the nation to receive a Blue Ribbon Award in 2013.  The Department of Education credits the school’s “Pathways to Learning” program with improving the math and reading scores of its students and making it one of the highest-achieving schools in the state.

Rep. Harris was pleased to congratulate the students and teachers of St. Peter Lutheran School on earning the prestigious Blue Ribbon award.




Rep. David Harris (center right) presents a Certificate of Recognition to St. Peter Lutheran School.  Tim Isufi, President of the Student Council, accepted the Certificate along with Principal Bruce Rudi (center left), Ass’t Principal Lisa Smith (far left), Ass’t Principal Julie Klopke (far right) and other Student Council members. 

REP. HARRIS RECOGNIZES PROSPECT HEIGHTS POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR

State Representative David Harris presented a Certificate of Recognition from the Illinois House of Representatives to Corporal Michael Stone of the Prospect Heights Police Department.
 
Cpl. Stone was named 2012 “Office of the Year” by the Prospect Heights Police Department.  At the shift change Roll Call formation on Thanksgiving eve, Rep. Harris was pleased to compliment Cpl. Stone and all police officers for their dedication to public safety in serving the citizens of Prospect Heights.



Rep. Harris to Host Free Diabetes Screening for Local Residents


Rep. Harris Presents Resolution to Mount Prospect Fire Department

State Representative David Harris presented House Resolution 619 to the Mount Prospect Fire Department on October 29.  Rep. Harris introduced HR 619 in the Illinois House of Representatives to recognize and honor the Mount Prospect Fire Department on its 100th Anniversary.

When the MPFD was created in 1913, its all-volunteer force served the town's 300 residents with only ladders, buckets, and a hand pump.  The Department constructed its first permanent building in 1946, and purchased its first ambulance in 1960.

In 1972, the MPFD partnered with Northwest Community Hospital to create one of the first paramedic programs in the country, and later that year teamed up with Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village, and Des Plaines to create the first centralized emergency dispatch center in the Chicagoland area.

Today, the MPFD has three stations, four fire engines, three ambulances, and 88 personnel on hand to respond to the nearly-6,000 calls it receives each year.


State Rep. David Harris (center) presents House Resolution 619 to Mount Prospect Fire Chief John Malcolm (right) and Mount Prospect Mayor Arlene Juracek (left).  Standing in front of Tower Truck 13,a number of Firefighters and other FD personnel joined in the presentation.

Rep. Harris Hosts 3rd Annual Senior Fair

State Representative David Harris hosted his 3rd Annual Senior Health Fair this past week at the Village of Mount Prospect Community Room.  Rep. Harris’ Senior Fair has become a popular event during Senior Health Month in Mount Prospect,with over 100 seniors in attendance this year. The Health Fair included over 40 exhibitors and allowed seniors the opportunity to take advantage of free health screenings, get flu shots, and learn about a variety of services available in the area. 




Rep. Harris with volunteers from Mended Hearts, a support group for heart surgery patients.




Rep. Harris receiving his annual flu shot.




Rep. Harris with representatives of IlliniCare, which provides health care services to elderly and disabled Illinois residents.

Rep. Harris Hosts Successful Fundraiser to Kick Off 2014 Campaign

State Representative David Harris kicked off his re-election campaign this past Saturday (28 Sept) with a lots-of-fun, start-of-the-day fundraising breakfast at BlackFinn Restaurant at Randhurst Village in Mount Prospect.

The event was well attended, and there were many encouraging words as Rep. Harris begins the campaign to again win the State Representative seat from the 53rd District.The 53rd District includes most of Arlington Heights, about half of Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights, and a small portion of Des Plaines.

In addition to all the local supporters, newly-elected Illinois House Republican Leader Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) was there,as was former Congressman from the 10th District and current Congressional candidate Bob Dold, and Illinois State Senator Matt Murphy (R-Palatine).  They all spoke in positive terms about David’s excellent service on behalf of the constituents of his district.

“It is a genuine honor and privilege for me to represent the people of the 53rd District,” said Rep. Harris.  “The Republicans are badly outnumbered in the General Assembly, but I have been able to advocate and articulate principled Republican positions on key issues.  As the Republican Spokesman on the House Revenue and Finance Committee, I fight for lower spending and tax policies that will lower our tax burden and encourage business expansion and job growth.”

Rep. Harris (middle-left)with Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak, IL House RepublicanLeader Rep. Jim Durkin, and former Congressman Bob Dold.

Recycling Event a Huge Success; Brings in Nearly 280 Drop-Offs

State Representative David Harris, in conjunction with local state Sen. Murphy, hosted a recycling event at Recreation Park on September 21.  It was a great opportunity for local residents to be able to recycle various types of household items, and residents turned out in force.  Nearly 280 donations of electronics,clothing, bikes, eyeglasses, and household items were made in the space of three hours on Saturday morning; most donations involved multiple items.

After recovering basic overhead costs, Elgin Recycling will donate any extra revenue from the event to benefit local non-profits and charities throughout the area.

All large items and most electronics were handled by Elgin Recycling. In addition, the Arlington Heights Lions Club, Shelter Inc., Habitat for Humanity, and Working Bikes also accepted charitable donations such as eye glasses, hearing aids, used clothing, old bicycles, and small electronics.  


Rep. Harris (left) and Sen. Murphy (right) with volunteers from Shelter Inc.


Rep. Harris (second from right) and Sen. Murphy (far left) with Elgin Recycling's "welcoming committee"


Rep. Harris (third from left) and student volunteers from Hersey High School, Prospect High School, and St. Viator High School.

Rep. Harris to Host Fundraising Breakfast on Sept. 28

 

Please join us in welcoming our guestspeaker

Doug Whitley

President and CEO of the
Illinois Chamber of Commerce

at a

Fundraising Breakfast

for

State RepresentativeDavid Harris

GOP Spokesman on HouseRevenue & Finance Committee

Saturday September 28th, 2013

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

BlackFinn American Grille

157 RandhurstVillage Drive       Mount Prospect, IL

(In RandhurstCenter – Across from AMC Theater)

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Anyone who is interested in attending the breakfast can access the RSVP card below (available in both PDF and Word formats), which can be printed and mailed to:

Committee to Elect David Harris
323 South Pine
Arlington Heights, IL 60005




Harris Recognized by Luther Village for Senior Support

Representative David Harris was given special recognition by the Cherished Place Adult Day Center at Luther Village for his support of increased state funding for the Community Care Program (CCP). 

CCP was originally established in 1979 and the program provides in-home care and community-based services to seniors who would otherwise need nursing home care.  In Fiscal Year 2013 CCP provided services to 84,400 Illinois seniors, an increase from 75,800 a year earlier.  The state legislature failed to appropriate enough funds to cover the costs of the program.  Providers like Luther Village were not being paid for the services they were providing.

Harris, along with other area legislators, strongly supported full funding of the program.  That funding was approved for the current fiscal year, and Luther Village recognized him for his efforts on this important issue.


Rep. Harris (right) accepts a plaque from Linda Smith, theMarketing Director for Luther Village, for his support of the necessary fundingfor the Community Care Program.  CCP iscritical funding for the Cherished Place Adult Day Center at Luther Village.

Rep. Harris and Sen. Murphy to Host Recycling Fair on September 21

Below is a complete list of acceptable items:

Illinois State Police Post Application for Concealed Carry Firearms Instructor

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE POST APPLICATION FOR CONCEALED CARRY FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR
Approval Process of Certified Firearms Instructors and Training Courses Begins Immediately

SPRINGFIELD – In advance of the September 6th statutory deadline, Illinois State Police Officials today announced the Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms Instructor and Curriculum applications are available on its website. Qualified individuals interested in completing the application to become an Illinois certified firearms instructor or to have their firearms curriculum approved for use in Illinois can access the application at http://www.isp.state.il.us/

The Department has developed a registry which will include information regarding approved instructors who apply and successfully demonstrate they meet all of the statutory requirements as soon as applications are approved. Similarly, a list of approved courses will also be available on the ISP website.

Instructor applicants are required to first electronically submit fingerprints through an Illinois licensed Livescan vendor in order to expedite the background check process. Electronic fingerprint submission is necessary to ensure timely approval of instructors and allow individuals who want to apply for an Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms license access to the required training.

Instructor applicants seeking to become a certified Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms Instructor shall be: at least 21 years of age; a legal resident of the United States; possess or be eligible for a valid FOID card; and be eligible for a Concealed Carry License in Illinois.

Firearms Training
Instructor applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED certificate and have at least one of the following valid firearms instructor certifications:
 Certification from a law enforcement agency
 Certification from a firearm instructor course offered by a state or federal governmental agency
 Certification from a firearm instructor course offered by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board
 Certification from an entity approved by the Illinois State Police that offers firearm instructor education and training in the use and safety of firearms, such as the National Rifle Association of America (NRA).

Individuals interested in applying for a concealed carry license must successfully complete approved training from an approved Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms Instructor. Applications for a Concealed Carry License will be available in early January, 2014.

Before attempting to contact the Illinois State Police directly with questions, instructor applicants should refer to the ISP’s Concealed Carry FAQ at http://www.isp.state.il.us/ for information regarding the process for instructor and curriculum approval.

The Illinois State Police regularly updates its Concealed Carry FAQ’s with information regarding the Illinois Concealed Carry process.
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Harris Urges Appointments to Metra Board

News From

State Representative David Harris

For Immediate Release                                                                     Contact: Rep. David Harris    

21 August 2013                                                                        (224) 635-2010 or (224) 764-2440

HARRIS URGES APPOINTMENTS TO METRA BOARD

            State Representative David Harris (R-Arlington Heights) today wrote to the elected officials who are the designated appointing authorities for members of the Metra Board of Directors.  Harris sent his letter to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, the eight suburban Cook County Commissioners, DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin and Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen; these are the individuals who have responsibility for filling current vacancies on the Metra Board.

            In his letter, Harris pointed out that the Board currently has only 6 of its authorized 11 members, meaning that it barely has enough members for a quorum.  “I urge you to make an appointment to the Metra Board as soon as you possibly can,” wrote Harris. “Do not delay – delay only weakens the Board further.”

            Harris also encouraged the appointing authorities to think outside the box in making their appointments, looking for individuals who do not have political connections. “How about a small business person with a basic understanding of budgets, revenues and expenses?” Harris suggested.

            Harris noted that any reform proposals for Metra or the RTA Act have to be enacted by the legislature and signed by the Governor, and that will not occur quickly.  Until changes are enacted, the structure in place is the one we all have to work with.  “We have an opportunity to restore faith and confidence in the Metra Board, but that can only happen if you make the appointment to restore full membership to the Metra Board,” Harris said in closing to the appointing authorities.

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Harris Renews Call for O'Halloran to Resign



For Immediate Release Contact: Rep. David Harris
30 July 2013 (224) 635-2010 or (224) 764-2440

HARRIS RENEWS CALL FOR O’HALLORAN TO RESIGN

State Representative David Harris (R-Arlington Heights) today renewed his call for METRA Board Chairman Brad O’Halloran to resign his position as Chairman and his position on the METRA Board of Directors. Last week Harris filed House Resolution 521 calling for O’Halloran to step down. Harris’s renewed call comes in the wake of The Chicago Tribune’s revelation that O’Halloran received salary from his position as an Orland Park trustee at the same time as he was receiving his salary as the METRA Board Chair.
“Mr. O’Halloran’s actions have further demonstrated that he has no regard for the proper accountability and handling of public funds,” said Harris. “The inappropriate golden parachute agreement that he pushed to remove Alex Clifford from the METRA Executive Director spot, and the subsequent attempt to shroud the reasons for that agreement in secrecy, show his lack of understanding that public funds must be handled in an open and transparent manner.
“Further, the revelation that he accepted his salary from Orland Park at the same time he was taking his salary as METRA Board Chairman demonstrates his total disregard for acting in the public interest. Even more importantly, the fact that he accepted both salaries is in clear violation of State law as spelled out in the Regional Transportation Authority Act.”
The law prohibiting METRA Board members from taking another public salary in addition to their METRA salary is known to all members of the Board. METRA Board Member Arlene Mulder, who was the Mayor of Arlington Heights while serving as a METRA Board MEMBER, never took her salary as Mayor from Arlington Heights.
“I commend METRA Director Mulder for her straightforward and honest compliance with State law during her service on the METRA Board. And I condemn Chairman O’Halloran for failing to adhere to the same high ethical standard,” added Harris. Mr. O’Halloran has shown his contempt for the fare payers, for the taxpayers and for the laws of our State. He should resign immediately.”
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Harris Files Resolution and Legislation on Metra

State Representative David Harris (R-Arlington Heights) today filed House Resolution 521 calling for METRA Chairman Brad O’Halloran to resign as Chair of the METRA Board and to resign as a METRA Board member.  Additionally, Harris filed House Bill 3648 to change the length of the term of office for members of the METRA Board and to prohibit them from serving more than one term. 

“The METRA Board of Directors is at a critical stage,” said Harris. “It has lost the trust of the fare payers who ride the trains, it has lost the trust of the taxpayers who pour so many public dollars into public transit, and it has lost the trust of members of the General Assembly with whom it has to work on significant issues related to public transit and capital funding.”

Harris added, “House Resolution 521 calls for Chairman O’Halloran to resign his position as Board Chair and to resign his position on the Board.  To use an analogy, the coach of a team bears the responsibility for the performance of the team.  Given the Board’s inappropriate golden parachute severance deal with former METRA CEO Clifford and the attempts at secrecy surrounding that deal, Mr. O’Halloran has not served the Board, METRA’s riders or the taxpayers well.  He should step aside.”  

Additionally, to address the issue of political influence at METRA, Harris filed House Bill 3648.  This legislation would change the term of office of METRA Board members, limiting them to 1 term with no reappointment, and the continued service of a Board member would be prohibited once the Board member’s term has expired.  Also, the legislation lowers the vote requirement to appoint, retain or dismiss an Executive Director.

“I do not believe the Board should resign en masse,” state Harris, “because the current appointment process is long and convoluted, and a mass resignation would leave METRA without Board guidance for too long a period of time.  However, I do believe the Chairman should leave, and that current Board members should not be re-appointed.  And I think the changes to the term of office and the prohibition on re-appointment and the continued filling of an expired appointment should help to stem political influence.”

Harris is a member of the Illinois House Mass Transit Committee.  His district covers most of Arlington Heights, about half of Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights, and a part of Des Plaines; all of these communities are in the METRA service area.

Harris Participates in July 4th Parades

State Representative David Harris participated in both the Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect July 4th Parades this year.  They were both on the same day, and because of the schedule conflict, Harris was unable to join in the Prospect Heights Parade, which was also on the 4th.

Harris enjoys using his two-wheel Segway transporter during the parades, and he painted the Segway a patriotic red, white and blue for the events.


State Representative (middle, red shirt) poses with his parade walkers prior to the start of the Arlington Heights July 4th Parade.  Harris had a great turn-out for the parade this year.


News Release -- General Assembly

   
News Release – General Assembly

For Immediate Release Contact Rep. David Harris
25 June 2013 224-764-2440
repharris@yahoo.com

Representatives Franks and Harris Demand Taxpayers Not Be Forced to Pay for METRA CEO’s Golden Parachute

(Arlington Heights, IL) -- In response to the large severance package granted to outgoing METRA CEO Alex Clifford, State Representative Jack Franks (D-Marengo) and State Representative David Harris (R-Arlington Heights) are calling on METRA to ensure that Illinois taxpayers and fare-paying commuters are not forced to cover the cost of Clifford’s golden parachute.  

The buyout pays Clifford $442,237 to cover the remainder of his contract, and includes a provision for an additional $300,000 if Clifford fails to find another job within 13 months.  The compensation owed to Clifford for the eight months remaining on his contract, conversely, would only have been about $168,000.

“The wastefulness inherent in this decision is truly shocking,” Franks said.  “The board could very easily have bought Clifford out of his contract or placed him on leave until it expired. Instead, they chose to give him more than his predecessor allegedly looted from the agency in the first place and send the bill to the taxpayers.”

“It would have been a lot less expensive for Mr. Clifford to have been allowed to ride out the remainder of his contract,” said Harris, “even if day-to-day responsibility for the control of METRA’s operations were given to another executive.” 

Rep. Franks and Rep. Harris see the recent deal as a waste of taxpayer and fare payer money.  METRA receives annual subsidies from the State, and it recently imposed a fare increase of roughly 16% across all fare zones.  The public funds and fares paid by riders should be used where they can be most effectively, not used to provide a golden parachute for a fired Executive Director.

Franks, the chairman of the House State Government Administration Committee, and Harris, the minority spokesman on the House Revenue and Finance Committee, are urging METRA to assume the cost of Clifford’s severance package internally, and not force Illinois taxpayers to pay any expenses beyond Clifford’s contracted salary of $252,500.

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Representative Harris Helps Open Veterans Service Office

State Representative David Harris, who retired with the rank of Major General from the US Army, helped open the Veterans Service Office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds' Office with other State of Illinois and Cook County officials.

Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough is emphasizing the benefit of having veterans record their DD Form 214 with the Recorder's office.  The DD Form 214 is a record of a service member's service in the military, and it is often needed for documentation of service when applying for benefits.  Frequently, service members misplace their Form 214 after military service is completed and getting a new copy can take many weeks.  If the form is on file with the Recorder of Deeds office, it can be obtained within a day or so.

Recorder Yarbrough is providing the service at No Charge for veterans.



State Rep. and Major General (Ret.) David Harris (far left) joins Secretary of State Jesse White (second from left) and other dignitaries in helping Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough (second from right) in cutting the ribbon for the Recorder's Veterans Service Office.



Rep. Harris poses with State Rep. Al Riley, a veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division, and Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough at the opening of Recorder Yarbrough's Veterans Service Office.

Congratulations to Declan Ritzenthaler - 2013 Pole Vault Champion!

State Representative David Harris recently presented a Certificate of Recognition from the Illinois House of Representatives to Declan Ritzenthaler, a seventh grade student at St. Alphonsus Liguori Elementary School in Prospect Heights.

 

Declan won the pole vault competition at the 2013 Illinois Elementary School Association State Track and Field meet held in East Peoria in May.  His vault of 9’9” soared high above all the others in the competition.  The second place finisher vaulted 8’3”, so Declan’s vault was head and shoulders above the rest!

 

Congratulations, Declan, and best of luck next season!

HARRIS AT RIBBON-CUTTING FOR MYERS PLACE

State Representative David Harris helped to cut the ribbon for the opening of Myers Place in Mount Prospect.  Myers Place is 39-unit mixed-use supportive housing development filling a need for affordable housing in the northwest suburban area.  More than 300 applications were received for the available 39 units.

The facility was financed primarily using Low Income Housing Tax Credits provided by the US government.  It was a team effort coordinated by the Daveri Development Group and the Kenneth Young Center with help from the IL Housing Development Authority and other community housing authorities.  UnitedHealthcare provided the majority of the equity funding for the project.

HARRIS MEETS WITH WEST POINT CADET

State Representative David Harris met with Chris Ryan of Springfield, IL, for a good discussion related to military issues.  Chris is a Senior (a "Firstie") at the US Military Academy at West Point, and he will be commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army upon graduation in May of next year.

Harris, who retired with the rank of Major General from the US Army, spoke with Chris about which branch of the Army Chris might want to pursue and which Army base he might want to be stationed at.  They also talked about the great educational opportunities available to young men and women who attend USMA and future trends facing our nation's military.  Harris's son graduated from West Point in 2007, and he completed a tour in Afghanistan in July of last year.

Good luck in your military career, Chris!


Harris Recognizes Arlington Heights Police Officer of the Year

State Representative David Harris presented a Certificate of Recognition from the Illinois House of Representatives to Arlington Heights Police Officer Todd Radek.

Officer Radek was named the 2012 L.W. Calderwood "Officer of the Year" by the Arlington Heights Police Department. Harris was pleased to compliment Officer Radek and all police officers who serve the citizens of the Village in such a dedicated manner.

Harris Cuts Ribbon on “GREEN Technology” Exhibit

State Representative David Harris joins in a ribbon-cutting for the GREEN Technology exhibit that opened recently at the Arlington Heights Train Station.  The exhibit highlights easy and simple ways that individual households in Arlington Heights can reduce their carbon footprint.


HARRIS TO HOLD TOWN HALL MEETING

State Representative David Harris (R-Arlington Heights) announced that he will hold a Town Hall Meeting for constituents to discuss issues of concern as the Illinois General Assembly moves into its final month of deliberation.

The meeting will be held this coming Saturday morning April 27th starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Buechner Room of the Arlington Heights Village Hall, 33 South Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights.

Rep. Harris Visits with South Science Olympiad Team

Rep. Harris went to South Middle School on Wednesday, April 3rd to present Certificates of Recognition to the members of the South Science Olympiad team for their recent 5th place finish at the Science Olympiad Invitational in Solon, Ohio.


Representative Harris Meets with Library Officials

State Representative David Harris recently met with a number of local library officials at the Illinois Library Association's annual Legislative Breakfast.  Issues of concern to the library officials, such as proper funding of the per capita library grants that flow through the Secretary of State's office, were discussed in some depth.

Representative Harris is a member of the House General Services Appropriations Committee that considers the Secretary of State's budget and the grants contained in that budget.  He has been a strong supporter of adequate library funding.

Rep. Harris Visits Lincoln Middle School to Honor FIRST LEGO Team

Rep. David Harris went to Lincoln Middle School in Mount Prospect on Saturday March 2nd to honor the school's "Century Strikers" FIRST LEGO team that won First Place at the Illinois FIRST LEGO League Championship. The team came out on top from among 362 other teams in the competition. The Lincoln Middle School Century Strikers team will now represent the State of Illinois at the FLL World Festival in St. Louis, MO, where they will compete against 84 teams from around the world!  Heartiest congratulations to the Century Strikers!



Representative Harris presented Certificates of Recognition to the members of Lincoln Middle School's "Century Strikers" FIRST LEGO League team that took First Place in the State competition. The team members are (left to right): Daniel Gierzynski, Tom Katsaros, Matt Guzzarde, Ravi Trivedi, Donnie Malen, Kenny Orel and Jasper Pasternak. (Team members Joshua Beedy and Jake Doyle were not available for the photo). 

Harris Gives Perspective on Revenue & Spending

Yesterday Representative Harris was quoted in The Telegraph regarding his view of the financial situation in Illinois; "There is no magic money coming...when you build a budget, you have to build it on reasonable expectations."  To read more about what Representative Harris has to say read the full article.

See more from David Harris on his Facebook Page.

Harris Visits Misericordia



Rep. Harris (second from right) visited the Misericordia Heart of Mercy facility in Chicago on Monday February 11th. Pictured with Rep. Harris are (from left) Fr. Jack Clair; Sr. Rosemary Connelly, the Executive Director of Misericordia; and Mrs. Sharon Rickerson, whose daughter is at Misericordia. In existence for nearly a century, Misericordia provides wonderful quality of life services and assistance to the developmentally disabled individuals in its care.

Harris Encourages Support for Local Fundraiser

Representative David Harris encourages support of the Harper College Education Foundation benefiting Adult Students with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities.  For details on how to get invloved see the event flyer below.

Harper Cupcake Fundraiser

Harris Named Republican Spokesman of Key House Committee

Arlington Heights — Representative Harris (R-Arlington Heights) announced today that he has again been appointed as the Republican Spokesman on the important House Revenue and Finance Committee.

“The House Revenue & Finance Committee considers virtually all matters dealing with taxation in Illinois, and it also sets the revenue estimate used in the budgeting process for the level of appropriations,” said Harris.  “House Revenue and Finance has long been one of the most prestigious committees in the House, and I am pleased that Republican Leader Cross has again placed his trust in me to be the Republican Spokesman on that committee.”

Harris had served in the Illinois House of Representatives back in the 1980s and 90s, and he served on the House Revenue Committee during those years.  He returned to the House in 2010 and was again appointed to the expanded House Revenue & Finance Committee because of his experience and seniority.

In addition to his assignment on the House Revenue & Finance Committee, Harris was appointed to the Appropriations – General Services Committee, the State Government Administration Committee, the Mass Transit Committee, and the Transportation – Vehicle Services Committee.

 

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Representative Harris Honors Constituent


 State Rep. David Harris (left) and Prospect Heights Mayor Nick Helmer (right) recognize Prospect Heights resident Ann Skwarek with a Certificate from the Illinois House of Representatives and a Resolution from the Prospect Heights City Council. Ms. Skwarek was honored for her 40 years of dedicated service caring for infants as a Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital; she retired in November. (Photo courtesy of M. Wessel, Journal & Topics Newspapers).

To connect with Representative Harris please visit his Facebook Page.

Harris Sworn in to 98th General Assembly


State Representative David Harris, second from the left in the second row, was sworn in to the 98th General Assembly on Wednesday, January 9. Harris now represents the new 53rd District, which includes parts of Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights, and Des Plaines.

Representative David Harris, along with all 117 other members of the Illinois House of Representatives, were sworn in last Wednesday.  "It is an honor to serve in the Illinois House of Representatives," said Harris, "and I consider it a great privilege to represent the people of the 53rd District."




Rep. Harris visits with State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka in her Capitol office on Inauguration Day.

For more pictures from Inauguration Day, visit Representative Harris' Facebook Page.

Rep. Harris Tours Roosevelt University - Schaumburg

Representative David Harris toured the Schaumburg campus of Roosevelt University on Monday, December 17, and was very impressed with the development that has occurred at the campus over the years.

Roosevelt University is building a strong health sciences curriculum at the Schaumburg campus that is anchored by its College of Pharmacy. The College of Pharmacy is one of only a small handful of schools in the nation that offers a three-year program leading to a degree in pharmacology, and it is the only school in the Midwest to do so. The school is at the cutting edge of training in preparing students to work successfully as a practitioner, a clinician or a researcher.

The Schaumburg campus is becoming an increasingly important part of the growth that is occurring throughout the Northwest suburban area, and a number of partnerships have developed with businesses in the health care and technology fields that surround the campus.

From left to right: Dr. Douglas Knerr, Schaumburg Campus Provost, Representative Harris, Dr. George MacKinnon, Founding Dean, College of Pharmacy, Dr. Randall Lambert, Interim Director of Experiential Education, College of Pharmacy

Dr. Douglas Knerr, Schaumburg Campus Provost, Representative Harris, Dr. George MacKinnon, Founding Dean, College of Pharmacy, Dr. Randall Lambert, Interim Director of Experiential Education, College of Pharmacy.

Harris Recognizes Village Bank & Trust

Rep. Harris partnered with Village Bank & Trust and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital to offer free Diabetes Screenings on World Diabetes Day, Wednesday, November 14, to increase awareness of diabetes and to promote early detection.  Village Bank & Trust graciously provided space at the side of its lobby at the 311 South Arlington Heights Road branch for the free screenings.  The screenings were a part of an ongoing effort to shed light on the growing epidemic of diabetes.



Rep. Harris (right) presents a Certificate of Recognition from the Illinois House of Representatives to Dennis Kalka, Executive Vice President of Village Bank & Trust of Arlington Heights.

Diabetes Awareness Day

Rep. Harris, Village Bank & Trust, and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital offered free diabetes screenings to local residents on Wednesday, November 14th in the lobby of the Village Bank & Trust in Arlington Heights for World Diabetes Day.  Last year the General Assembly enacted legislation (P.A. 97-819 / HB 5003) declaring November 14thas Diabetes Awareness Day in Illinois. To increase awareness of diabetes and to promote early detection of this disease, the free screenings were a part of an ongoing effort to shed light on the growing epidemic of diabetes and to promote early detection.


Rep Harris with a local resident who came to Village Bank & Trust to get screened for diabetes on World Diabetes Day.


A local resident speaks with Advocate Lutheran General Hospital's Greg Alford, the Director of Public Affairs and Marketing at the hospital.

Rep. Harris Hosts Free Diabetes Screening

Arlington Heights — Representative Harris (R-Arlington Heights) is pleased to announce that he has partnered with Village Bank & Trust and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital to provide free diabetes screenings to local residents.   The screenings will be given on Wednesday, November 14th at the Village Bank & Trust facility at 311 South Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights.

Rep. Harris Hosts Annual Senior Fair

The second Annual Senior Health Fair hosted by Representative Harris was held yesterday at the Village of Mount Prospect Community Room. The Health Fair had over 40 exhibitors and dozens of seniors taking the opportunity to receive flu shots, glucose testing and learn more about other services offered in their area.


Rep. Harris talks with Frances, a senior who took advantage of flu shots, glucose testing, and other services and information available at the Senior Health Fair in Mount Prospect.


Rep. Harris visits with Lynndah Easterwood Lahey of Escorted Transportation Service Northwest at the Senior Health Fair hosted by Rep. Harris.

HARRIS TO HOLD FORUM ON STATE PENSION FUNDING ISSUE

State Representative David Harris (R-Arlington Heights) announced today that he will hold a forum for constituents to examine and discuss the pension funding problem that is facing the five retirement systems for which the State of Illinois provides funding.  The forum will be held this coming Monday evening October 29th starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Arlington Heights Village Hall, 33 South Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights.

Rep. Harris Participates In Young Americans For Liberty Legislator Panel

State Representative David Harris (R-Arlington Heights) participated in a Young Americans for Liberty Forum at Harper College.


Harris, along with State Representative Tom Morrison and State Senator Matt Murphy, answered questions and participated in a lively discussion with 50 individuals from the community college.

Rep. Harris Honored with 2012 "Friend of Agriculture" Award

State Representative David Harris is recognized by Bona Heinsohn and Janet McCabe from the Cook County Farm Bureau for his support on agriculture issues that have come before the General Assembly.  The Cook County Farm Bureau is affiliated with the Illinois Farm Bureau in furthering the interests of agriculture in Illinois.

Representative Harris received a 2012 "Friend of Agriculture" Award, and he was presented with a model Prestige tractor as part of the recognition.

"I am honored to receive this award," said Harris.  "Agriculture is a significant part of the Illinois economy, and I am pleased to support initiatives in the General Assembly that can help this segment of our State's economy."

Grant funds available for home insulation

For a limited time, the U.S. Department of Energy and local utilities and non-profits are together offering a cost-saving program called Energy Impact Illinois to all Chicagoland homeowners to make their homes more comfortable and energy efficient.

Illinois Tollway Authority Now Hiring

The Illinois Tollway is announcing the creation of a new position for those seeking employment.

  • Cash Handling Supervisor ($56,000-$61,000/Yr)
    • High school graduate or equivalent is required

    • A minimum of two years supervisory experience is required

    • A minimum of two years experience working in a union environment is highly desired

    • Must possess a strong mathematical or accounting background

    • Must have the ability to lift cash vaults and money bags up to 85 pounds

    • Must have strong analytical abilities, good organizational skills, the ability to accomplish a volume of activity on a schedule, possess good human relations skills to coordinate personnel
Applications must be emailed, postmarked or hand-delivered by September 20th, 2012. Please note that job applications can be accepted online. Applications can now be emailed to jobs@getipass.com.

This is a non-exempt position and as such, recommendations may not be considered in this process.

Interested applicants should fill out the Illinois Tollway Employment Application and return it to Human Resources as instructed in the job posting.  More information can be found at www.illinoistollway.com.

Join Us for Senior Fair 2012!

Please join me on Thursday, October 25th for my 2012 Senior Fair.



HARRIS RETURNS FUNDS TO STATE TREASURY

State Representative David Harris (R-Arlington Heights) announced today that he is returning over 9% of his District Office Allowance for Fiscal Year 2012 to the State Treasury.  The books were just closed on Fiscal Year 2012, which ended on June 30th of this year.

Rep. Harris Tours ITT Technical Institute

Representative Harris poses with representatives of ITT Technical Institute in Mount Prospect.  Harris visited the school and took a tour of the modern facilities.  He then spoke to a class that was focused on Transportation and Mass Transportation issues, followed by a lively and engaging Q&A session with about 25 students.

State Representative David Harris Participates in 2012 National Night Out

State Rep. David Harris again participated in the €œNational Night Out sponsored by the Arlington Heights Park District at North Park School in Arlington Heights.  Harris had a table set up that provided lots of free information regarding various state programs for homeowners, veterans, seniors and children.

“We had wonderful support, and it was a great night for all who attended.  My compliments to the Arlington Heights Park District for coordinating the National Night Out activities,” said Harris.

As Is Cars: Know the Warning Signs

Representative Harris is pleased to share this used car warning information from the Attorney General's office.

As Is Cars: Know the Warning Signs

Rep. Harris Meets with Mayor Emanuel

Representative David Harris (R-Arlington Heights) had the opportunity to talk to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel while the Mayor was in Springfield recently to support modifications to the pension systems in the City of Chicago.

 

Rep. David Harris is shown with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the floor of the House of Representatives.


Representative Harris listened to the Mayor's testimony in the House Personnel & Pensions Committee, and he later spoke with the Mayor about pension system reform.Harris reminded Mayor Emanuel that local suburban mayors in Harris's district have been requesting modifications to pension systems affecting their municipalities, too. Harris asked Mayor Emanuel to support the local mayors' requests for change just as they would support his.

Myers Place Groundbreaking in Mount Prospect

State Representative David Harris (R-Arlington Heights) joined Mount Prospect Mayor Irvana Wilks and other elected officials and dignitaries for the groundbreaking ceremony for Myers Place, a supportive living facility that will offer affordable housing for individuals who might be disabled, suffer some mentally illness, or face homelessness but can live in an independent setting.



Representative Harris spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony and discussed the significance it will have on his district. "€œI am honored to take part in the groundbreaking event for Myers Place. Myers Place will provide quality, affordable housing for many needy individuals in my district and the surrounding areas",€ said Harris.



The project is being developed by Daveri Development Group, LLC, a Chicago-based company with more than 30 years experience revitalizing and creating affordable housing throughout the Midwest. Kenneth Young Center, a leading provider of social services in the northwest suburban area, will provide onsite case management, counseling, and coordination with health care providers.

Myers Place is expected to open in the summer of 2013. The facility is being built on the corner at the corner of Busse and Dempster Roads in Mount Prospect. The Village Board of Mount Prospect unanimously approved the project in November 2011.

Help Wanted at the Illinois Tollway Authority

The Illinois Tollway Authority is currently taking applications for several new positions.

Structural Carpenter ($22.37/Hr) 
- High school graduate or equivalent is required.
- Five years experience in the trade of Carpenter is required.
- A valid driver'€™s license is required.
- Must pass a carpenters written exam and practical test to qualify for an interview.


Buyer ($14.79/Hr)
- High school graduate or equivalent is required.
- A minimum of five years purchasing or related experience is required.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook is required.

Senior Project Manager ($28.80/Hr)
- A Bachelor’s of Science Degree is required.
- A minimum of five years experience in highway planning, design, or construction is preferred.

Legal Intern ($12.00-$14.00/Hr)
- Currently a second or third year law student, Supreme Court rule 711 license preferred.


How to Apply:
Applications must be emailed, postmarked or hand-delivered by May 11th, 2012. Please note job applications are now accepted online. Applications can also be emailed to jobs@getipass.com. 

Carpenter, Buyer, and Sr. Project Manager are non-exempt positions and as such, recommendations may not be considered in this process.

Interested applicants should fill out the Illinois Tollway Employment Application and return it to Human Resources as instructed in the job posting. More information can be found at www.illinoistollway.com

State Legislators to Host Event with Illinois Capital Development Board

State Representatives David Harris (R-Arlington Heights), Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook), Daniel Biss (D-Skokie), and Karen May (D-Highland Park) will be co-hosting an event with Illinois Capital Development Board at the end of the month. The event will take place on April 27th from 10 a.m. to noon at Harper College.

The Illinois Capital Development Board (CBD) is the construction management agency for Illinois that oversees the construction of new state facilities, such as prisons, college classrooms, hospitals, and parks. It is also in charge of renovation projects that go on at state owned buildings.

The goal of the outreach event is to give companies the opportunity to learn more about the "Illinois Jobs Now" Program/Bidding Opportunities, New MBE/FBE requirements, and Senate Bill 351 (Public Act 096-0706), Project Delivery Methods and Contract requirements. All architects, engineers, small business owners, contractors, and sub-contractors are encouraged to attend the event. It is also open to the general public.

To RSVP or if you have any questions please contact Sandy Begue with the Capital Development Board at 217-524-6793 or Sandy.Begue@illinois.gov

Harper College (Avante Center - 1st floor - Room Z117) is located at 1200 Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067. Early arrival and registration starts at 9:30.

Rep. Harris Congratulates St. Raymond’s Seventh Grade Gold Boys Basketball Team

Representative Harris recently visited St. Raymond’s School in Mount Prospect to congratulate the boys on the Seventh Grade Gold Boys Basketball Team for winning the Championship in the 2012 Northwest Catholic Conference Championship. He presented each player, the coaches and the school principal with a Certificate of Recognition from the Illinois House of Representatives. 


Pictured (Left to right) Vince Shields, Tim Krause, Nicholas Gattuso, Michael Ritchie, Michael Wiley, Kevin Sherwood, Alex Matuszak, Tommy Majerus.


Coach Jim Sherwood, Principal Andy Galus, and State Representative David Harris are shown with the team.

Rep. Harris Recognizes Top Police Officers

State Representative David Harris (R-Arlington Heights) presented a Certificate of Recognition from the Illinois House of Representatives to the two police officers who were recognized by their respective police departments as "Officers of the Year."

 

Rep. Harris presents Certificate of Recognition to Arlington Heights Officer Michael Cowsert.



Officer Micheal Cowsert was the "L.W. Calderwood Officer of the Year" for the Arlington Heights Police Department, and Officer Dirk Ollech was the "Officer of the Year" in the Mount Prospect Police Department.


Rep. Harris presents Certificate of Recognition to Mount Prospect Officer Dirk Ollech.


"I am pleased to recognize these two outstanding officers," said Harris. "Too often we take the services of our fine public safety personnel for granted, and we should never do that. They give a lot to our communities, and I enjoyed being able to add to the recognition that these officers have already received within their Departments."

Celebrating Dr. Seuss at the Rolling Meadows Library

Senator Matt Murphy, Representative David Harris, Former Rolling Meadows Mayor Ken Nelson, Representative Michelle Mussman, Rolling Meadows Alderman Rob Banger, Rolling Meadows Mayor Tom Rooney enjoy reading to the children at the Dr. Seuss Celebration March 3rd 2012 held at the Rolling Meadows Library.

Rep. Harris Meets with Alzheimer's Association Advocates

Representative Harris met with representatives of the Illinois Alzheimer’s Association at the State Capitol in Springfield while the legislature was in session. Representative Harris is a strong supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association and was pleased to have been able to meet with their advocates in Springfield.

Pictured (Left to right) are Representative Harris, Representative Daniel Biss, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, Representative Michelle Mussman, President & CEO of the Alzheimer's Association Erna Colburn, 2 other members of the Alzheimer’s Association, and Representative Michael Unes.

Applicants Sought for Tollway Building Maintenance Manager

The Illinois Tollway is looking for applicants to apply for a Toll Operations Building Maintenance Manager ($75 - $85K/year

Job Requirements include:
– Excellent organizational, written and verbal skills are required.
– Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel & Outlook) required.
– A main function of this position is to conduct site inspections at various Tollway facilities during regular work hours as well as subject to being “on-call”.  This is accomplished by incumbent use of a vehicle to travel to and from respective sites.   Additionally reports to Central Administration as necessary.  Visits of Tollway facilities may include inspections, emergency call out and meeting with Tollway employees and/or contractors.  Therefore, a valid driver’s license is required.
– The incumbent must be able to read blueprints, drawings, and layouts.
– Must have the ability to use various types of hand and power tools, along with  measuring instruments.  Must be able to lift 50 to 75 lbs.
– Must pass a written exam with a 75% or higher in order to qualify for an interview.

Education:
High School graduate or equivalent is required.  Some college and/or trade school attendance highly desired.

Experience:
Three (3) years supervisory experience is highly desired.  Five (5) years experience in Building Maintenance, such as Electrical, Plumbing HVAC and Low Pressure Boilers required.

Submission Deadline: 
Applications must be emailed, postmarked or hand-delivered by April 13, 2012. Please note that we can now accept job applications online. Applications can now be emailed to jobs@getipass.com.

Those interested in applying for this position should click on the link below to fill out the application and return it to Human Resources.

http://www.illinoistollway.com/documents/10157/e15d605d-50d8-4d1c-9a98-5d34f592c136

If you need any additional information please contact Rep. Harris’ office at 224-635-2010 or repharris@yahoo.com.

Rep. Harris and Wife Present US Flag to Arlington Hts. Village Board

State Representative David Harris and his wife, Michelle, presented a US flag to the Arlington Heights Village Board which was flown over Camp Arena in Herat, Afghanistan, on 18 January 2012. The flag was flown on the same date as the incorporation of the village in 1887 to commemorate the village's union.

(from left) Michelle Harris, Rep. Harris, Arlington Hts Mayor Mulder, AH Trustee Hayes


The flag was sent to Rep. Harris by his son, Court, who is a Captain in the US Army currently deployed to Afghanistan. Court is a graduate of St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights and served on the Arlington Heights Youth Commission for several years.Captain Harris asked his father to convey this message to the Village Board about the flag: "Please display it as a symbol of all the heroes - especially Arlington Heights natives and residents - who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great country."

Contact Representative Harris

If you have a legislative related issue and would like to contact Representative Harris, please contact his District Office at:

800 W. Central Rd.
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
by phone at 224-635-2010 or 224-764-2440
or by e-mail at RepHarris@yahoo.com.


If you have a campaign-related issue or question for Rep. Harris, please contact his campaign office:

by phone at (224) 635-0945
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