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Rep. David Harris (center) meets with (from left) Park District Exec Director Steve Scholten, Vice President Myles Naughton, President Maryfran Leno, Commissioner Will Ploger and Commissioner Tim Gelinas.
The Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) recently held its Annual Legislative Day in Springfield, and the Arlington Heights Park District officials turned out in force. There are a number of key issues on the legislative agenda this year that impact park districts, and Rep. Harris was able to discuss many of them in detail with the officials during their visit to the State Capitol.
Harris presents a Certificate of Recognition to Master LEGO Architect Adam Reed Tucker
State Rep. David Harris recently presented Adam Reed Tucker, one of only 14 Master Certified LEGO architects worldwide, with a Certificate of Recognition from the Illinois House of Representative for his creative work.
Rep. Harris with members of the Hersey HS Debate Team
on the Speaker's Podium in the House of Representatives
Rep. Harris hosted the John Hersey High School Debate Team in the State Capitol recently as the team prepared for the Illinois High School Association's Debate Team competition held in Springfield on March 20 - 21. Harris escorted the team members on a tour of the Capitol and made arrangements for them to hold a debate practice in one of the rooms used for House Committee meetings.

The team did well in the competition this year. Seven of the nine debaters qualified for spots in the semi-finals. And Freshman Ethan Bowers surprised everyone by winning All-State Honors, besting 183 competitors.
Rep. David Harris with WP First Captain Austin Welch
State Rep. David Harris recently met Austin Welch, the First Captain of the U.S. Corps of Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. They were both attending the West Point Society of Chicago's Annual Founder's Day Dinner.

The First Captain is also called the Brigade Commander, and his position is similar to a student body president. The First Captain implements a class agenda, and he acts as a liaison between the Corps of Cadets and the USMA Administration. Welch is at the top of a pyramid of cadet commanders who make up the chain-of-command for the Corps of Cadets at West Point.

First Captain Welch is from Winnetka, Illinois, and he intends to branch Aviation after his graduation from West Point. Rep. Harris retired from the military after 33 years of active/reserve service with the rank of Major General.
State Representative David Harris (R-Arlington Heights) has authored House Bill 2508, better known as the Right to Try Act, to allow terminally ill patients access to experimental treatments. If the legislation becomes law, it would make Illinois a national leader by allowing patients who have exhausted all other treatment options the ability to utilize promising treatments that are still awaiting final FDA approval.

“Sadly, terminally ill patients often lose their struggle for life because they cannot wait several years for the FDA to approve a potentially life-saving treatment,” said Harris. “While testing new medical treatments is hugely important to ensuring their safety and effectiveness, it is reasonable to allow someone who has been diagnosed as terminally ill to use one of those treatments with the recommendation and supervision of their doctor."

The Right to Try Act provides that an eligible patient with a terminal illness who has considered all other treatment options approved by the FDA may acquire from a manufacturer an investigational drug, biological product, or device that has successfully completed Phase I of a clinical trial, but has not yet been approved for general use by the FDA. The Phase I classification means that preliminary clinical trials have shown the treatment to be promising.
Gov. Rauner will be giving his first budget address today at noon. If you would like to watch the address, click the link below. The video will be available a few minutes before the address begins.

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Rep. Harris (center) presents Alex Todd, Prospect Heights Library Executive Director, and his staff with a Certificate of Recognition for their work on "Polish Storytime."

Representative David Harris presented a Certificate of Recognition from the Illinois House of Representatives to Prospect Heights Library Executive Director Alex Todd and his staff for their outstanding work in developing the "Polish Storytime" hour at the library.