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Rep. Harris receives a replica John Deere 
tractor from Janet McCabe, a Cook 
County Farm Bureau Board Member
Representative David Harris was recently awarded the 2016 "Friend of Agriculture" designation by the Illinois Farm Bureau for his support of positive legislation that supports the farming industry in Illinois.

Illinois Cook County Farm Bureau Board Member Janet McCabe presented Rep. Harris with a replica of a John Deere 8345 R tractor which has been manufactured by John Deere from 2009 to the present.  The award shows that Rep. Harris recognizes the benefits of Illinois' agricultural products and the importance farmers play in providing quality food, fiber and fuel for our state, nation and world.

Rep. Harris (center) joins with Alicia Martin, President of 
ABC-IL, and other local officials in cutting the
ribbon on ABC-IL's new training center.
Representative David Harris (R-Arlington Heights) helped cut the ribbon at the Associated Builders & Contractors - Illinois (ABC-IL) Chapter's new Apprenticeship Training Lab in Elk Grove Village.

Associated Builders & Contractors - Illinois provides apprenticeship and craft training programs that prepare individuals for positions throughout the construction industry.  The programs are registered with the US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship.

"These are the types of programs that help individuals get quality, good-paying jobs," said Harris, "and I was pleased to join in the opening of this new training lab."

Rep. Harris (center) with Mount Prospect Mayor Arlene Jurasek and Village Trustee Mike Zadel watch the time capsule being unearthed.
Representative David Harris (R-Arlington Heights) attended the unearthing of Mount Prospect’s Time Capsule, one of the kickoff events for Mount Prospect’s 2017 Centennial Celebration which starts in February of 2017.

The unearthing event started with a brief ceremony with Mayor Arlene Jurasek. Pipe View America of Schaumburg retrieved the time capsule from the place where it was buried in May 1993. Retried Mayor Gerald “Skip” Farley then read a letter that he wrote 25 years ago to the current residents of the Village. The letter was one of the items buried in the capsule.

Due to the delicate nature of the items contained within the time capsule, it will only be opened under archival conditions. The items are expected to be displayed once again during Mount Prospect's Centennial Year of 2017 at the Mount Prospect Public Library and/or the Mount Prospect Historical Society.

L to R: Rob Barnes, IBB Treasurer; Rep. Steve Anderson; Bill Kaempfe, IBB President, Rep. David Harris.

House Resolution 824 Declares June 11, 2016 Illinois Brass Band Day in Illinois

State Rep. David Harris (R-Arlington Heights), along with State Rep. Steve Andersson (R-Geneva), recently honored the Illinois Brass Band (IBB) with a House Resolution at the Band's 25th anniversary concert. The Resolution recognizes the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Illinois Brass Band and declared June 11th, 2016, as Illinois Brass Band Day in Illinois.

The concert took place at First United Methodist Church in Arlington Heights, which is the Band's home. Several of the Band's former music directors were in attendance along with current music director Stephen Squires.  

The Illinois Brass Band was founded in 1991 and has been a local state treasure ever since. By 2002, IBB had won six North American Brass Band Association championships in seven years, all while continuing to delight audiences throughout the Chicago area with a repertoire ranging from brass band classics to show tunes to jazz. In 2003, the IBBand became the first brass band outside the British Commonwealth to attend the British Open Brass Band Championships. Over the years, IBB has presented dozens of concerts indoors and outdoors. The Illinois Brass Band has recorded six CDs.